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A Wonderful Weekend
30 November & 1 December 2019
Returning for the second year, A Wonderful Weekend is a two-day event featuring enriching workshops, artisan pop-ups with nifty gift ideas, staged readings and a stand-up comedy night!
Proceeds from the two-day event will go towards supporting TheatreWorks' developmental and community programmes.
Diego Noguera / Marcela Salinas / Manuela Infante / Noorlinah Mohamed / Pat Toh / Rebekah Sangeetha Dorai - ELOQUENCE
7 & 8 November 2019
Ovid's account of Philomela's rape and her severed tongue is the starting point for the exploration. How can she speak of the experience of being silenced, when her language is severed from her body? The field of public address is an important symbolic arena where social norms are contested, reshaped and upheld, but mostly where we harbour gendered norms about speech. What we call "eloquence" in public speech is, essentially, a code for values associated with masculinity. The women on stage in this performance will function as a multilingual choir that deconstructs the sounds and stories of their voices, weaving their personal experiences of silencing and transformation with that of Philomela and her sister Procne. Working halfway between concert and play, music and theatre, sound and meaning, the piece will continue Manuela Infante's collaboration with musician Diego Noguera and actress Marcela Salinas, who were last seen in Singapore with Vegetative State at the Singapore International Festival of Arts 2017. Together with artists from Singapore, they will explore electronic live processing and layering of voices to produce theatrical soundscapes and dispersed narratives about voices.
ELOQUENCE is written and directed by Manuela Infante (Chile), performed by Diego Noguera (Chile), Marcela Salinas (Chile), Pat Toh (Singapore) and Rebekah Sangeetha Dorai (Singapore) and features dramaturgy by Noorlinah Mohamed (Singapore).
Manuela Infante is a Chilean playwright, director, writer and musician. She is one of the most prolific and interesting voices in contemporary theatre in Chile and Latin America. Having earned a BA in Theatre Studies and an MA in Cultural Analysis, Manuela is well known for offering scenic articulations of complex theoretical issues. She understands theatre not (only) as a place for telling stories, but as a laboratory for a sort of embodied philosophy making.
With support from Turkish Airlines and Embassy of Chile in Singapore.
Noorlinah Mohamed - N.O.W - Not Ordinary Work
10 – 28 July 2019
TheatreWorks Writers' Lab presents N.O.W., a three-week public project. From 2019 – 2021, Noorlinah Mohamed, established actress and arts educator, is appointed N.O.W.'s Artistic Director.
For the next three years, she focuses on celebrating women creators, thinkers, and change-makers, and their approach to making a difference. Led by women and supported by women production, technical and administrative teams, N.O.W. makes visible the multifaceted and capable women, their voices and their not ordinary work.
From performance to film, music to visual arts, workshops to talks, N.O.W. spotlights her process, her thoughts and her creation. Experimental, deliciously weird, and yes, fun, these works explore the conversations women creators and thinkers have with the world — and each other.
With support from Cultural Matching Fund, Hong Leong Foundation, Strongbow, Corner Stone, SPMRKT.
Inch Chua / Okorn-Kuo Jing Hong - 'Til The End Of The World, We'll Meet In No Man's Land
24 April – 4 May 2019
Tue to Fri: 8pm
Sat: 3pm and 8pm
Approximately 90 min, no intermission
l find myself walking in the snow, feeling equal parts alien and equal parts as one with the slush beneath my feet. No man's land has been inviting and it/he/she beckons me into its cold embrace. Who am I when I'm with you? I tried talking to the winds; struggling to introduce myself and describe the world I came from to justify my presence. Silence. For the first time, true silence. They say silence is deafening, I call bullshit. Silence is silence. What's deafening is the strain to hear it through the thunderous throbs of my blood pumping through veins. What are you? Where am l?
- Inch Chua, performer
TheatreWorks commissions singer-songwriter Inch Chua's next creative work. Inch creates a multi-disciplinary performance inspired by her recent expedition to Antarctica, 'TIL THE END OF THE WORLD, WE'LL MEET IN NO MAN'S LAND. The production showcases Inch's original songs, her first foray into playwriting, and binaural technology.
Destination: Antarctica. This land has never known war, it belongs to no nation, and is home to no tribe or indigenous human race. Antarctica is owned by no one and all of us at the same time. Amongst one of 80 individuals per year in the world to gain access, Inch recently travelled to the seventh continent of the world, as a part of 2041 's International Antarctic ClimateForce Expedition led by veteran world explorer, Robert Swan and his son Barney Swan. After that adventure, Inch returns home with a suitcase full of stories. She unpacks her suitcase and deconstructs her experience.
TheatreWorks continues its commitment to creative partnerships and journeys with Inch in the creation of 'TIL THE END OF THE WORLD, WE'LL MEET IN NO MAN'S LAND, a multi-sensory performance showcasing original songs and the first full-length script written by Inch.
For more information, visit https://www.thisisinch.com
With support from Cultural Matching Fund, City Developments Limited, Arts Fund.
Claire Wong / Dana Lam / Jean Ng - STILL LIFE
28 February – 10 March 2019
Performed in English with some Cantonese
What happens when an artist picks up her paintbrush after a long hiatus? Does the body still remember what has been lived? Or are the senses dulled by time, the joints fused with experience?
Still Life is an affecting look at life and art-making. In this deeply personal performance, Dana Lam rediscovers and reclaims her journey from the 1950s to the present, through her twin first loves: writing and painting. From journalist to activist, from daughter to grandmother, she confronts the choices and tensions that keep a life in balance. The result is an evocative portrait woven of lyrical prose and the unflinching gaze of an artist coming to terms with her own nakedness.
Directed and dramaturged with verve and sensitivity by Claire Wong and written by Dana Lam (who also helmed the performance along with Jean Ng), Still Life focuses on how we look at the world, at the past, and at ourselves. How do we see what we see? And how do we look at a life that's never still in order to make meaning?
Presented by Checkpoint Theatre in collaboration with TheatreWorks.