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Writing In The Thick Of Now: A Devising Performance Workshop by Manuela Infante

TheatreWorks Writers’ Lab invites lauded Chilean playwright and director, Manuela Infante, to Singapore to conduct a devising performance workshop.

Whether you have an idea brewing, or a work-in-progress, this interdisciplinary workshop will take you to the next step! This workshop is open to writers, directors, performers, and designers interested in developing their work collaboratively.

Infante will focus on devising and writing by drawing materials from what is created in the rehearsal room with performers. By applying her methodology towards your creative process, you will explore theories of non-anthropocentric theatre, in which other forces such as light, sound, words, and other non-human entities find time and space to participate in the forging of the work.

Participants will write on the spot, in the rehearsal space, and after the rehearsal, breaking the conventional approach of writing where “the words come first”.

In this workshop, the body, the space, and improvisation stand at the forefront, thus removing the human author from the centre of creation.

Infante was last seen in Singapore presenting, Vegetative State as part of the Singapore International Festival of Arts in 2017. She regards her plays as essays in a corpus of broader currents of thoughts that stems from theoretical writings, science, and cultural studies, characterising her work as a kind of ‘irresponsible philosophy’.

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“Irresponsible in the sense that we strive from stealing from theory to make work, and not having to inscribe myself responsibly/responsively back into the academic corpus. My work is about letting ideas acquire a material life of their own, watching them find their way into the material world, into our bodies and our relations, and thus into time.” – Manuela Infante

Infante is widely celebrated for feminist re-envisioning of famous historical figures, combining slapstick humour and prose.

Her works have toured around the world and have been widely applauded by critics and audiences. From 2001 to 2016, she was part of Teatro de Chile, one of the most highly regarded young theatre groups in Chile. Infante’s repertoire of works includes Fin (2008), co-produced and premiered at the festival of Modena, Italy, and What’s He Building in There? (2011), created in residency at The Watermill Center, and premiering and shown in several spaces in New York. In 2012, she directed On the Beach,curated by Robert Wilson and premiered at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York; as well as Don’t Feed the Humans, premiered in Hebbel am Uffer in Berlin, Germany. Infante was also selected as Artistic Director of the XVI Playwright Selection 2014, organized by the Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes.

This is your chance to develop your own work with guidance by Manuela Infante; one of the most prolific and interesting voices in contemporary theatre in Chile and Latin America.


Structure of the Workshop:

Session 1
• Introduction to non-humanist approach and devising methodology
• Discussion of reading materials

Session 2
• Project presentation and discussion
• Designing a methodology for your project

Session 3 – 6
• Working on a methodology for your project

Dates:  26 Nov, 28 Nov, 30 Nov, 1 Dec, 3 Dec, & 5 Dec 2018

Times:
Mon – Fri: 7.30pm – 10.30pm
Sat: 2.30pm – 6.30pm

Venue: 72-13, Home of TheatreWorks

Registration Fees

Registration Fee: $800 (for a group of up to 5 participants. Each group can comprise of writers, performers, directors and designers)

Observership is available at $20 per session.

 


About Manuela Infante

Born in 1980 Manuela Infante is a Chilean theatre playwright, director, script writer and musician. Infante holds a BA in Arts from the University of Chile and a MA in Cultural Analysis from the University of Amsterdam. With her group Teatro de Chile (2002-2016) she wrote and directed numerous works with the support of the Chilean Funds for the Arts. Four of her plays have been published and translated into English and Italian. Her work has toured internationally to the U.S., Argentina, Brazil, Perú, Mexico, Germany, Spain, Ireland, Italy, Holland, Switzerland, Singapore and Korea. She has produced work with Hebbel am Uffer, Festival de Modena, The Watermill Center, FIBA and FITAM. In 2015 she was the first woman to be appointed director of The National Festival for Dramaturgy (Muestra Nacional) in Chile.

http://www.teatrodechile.cl

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Find out more ‘Dapunta Hyang: Transmission of Knowledge’ with its range of Engagement Programmes!

Join us for an array of events of talks and performances that will take you on a journey through the geographical, historical, cultural and artistic symbols that exist in our current exhibition, Dapunta Hyang: Transmission of Knowledge by Zai Kuning.

Last week we had a talk by Professor John N. Miksic who gave an insightful talk that touched on Singapore’s pre-colonial history in the larger Asian context, focusing on three specific mountains in Palembang (Sumatra), Singapore, and Melaka, which were epicentres that unified the Malay maritime culture.

This week, join us for a talk by Professor T.K. Sabapathy as he shares the significances of a stone inscription found in the vicinity of Bukit Seguntung in Palembang, that names Dapunta Hyang as a ruler who embarked upon a voyage or pilgrimage to gain merit and spiritual power. The contents of this inscription, the figure of Dapunta Hyang and ships or vessels are vital and dynamic wellsprings for Zai Kuning’s current work. T.K. Sabapathy discusses this inscription and its impact in the making of Zai Kuning’s Dapunta Hyang: The Transmission of Knowledge.

Symbolic Content in Dapunta Hyang: Transmission of Knowledge
Public Lecture by Professor T.K. Sabapathy
26 April 2018, 7.30pm

Click here to register for this public lecture today!

T.K. Sabapathy has researched and published extensively on modern art and artists in Southeast Asia; his work inaugurates pathways for developing art histories of the modern in this region. He is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore where he teaches the history of art.


Dapunta Hyang: Transmission of Knowledge
72-13 Mohamed Sultan Road
12 April – 13 May 2018
12pm to 7pm
Tuesdays to Sundays

Opening hours are extended to 10pm on 26 April, 4 & 5 May 2018.


The presentation of Dapunta Hyang: Transmission of Knowledge is part of TheatreWorks’ aim to present innovative contemporary experiences and artistic expressions that offer Singapore audiences alternatives. Its home, 72-13 is an incubator for artistic experiments by both artists and creatives, while being a consistent conduit for dialogues between disciplines and cultures.

Dapunta Hyang: Transmission of Knowledge docking at 72-13 this April!

A 17 metre-long ship traverses the hall, suspended. As if emerging from the sea floor, it unloads hundreds of books sealed in beeswax. This is the imagined vessel steered by the first Malay king, Dapunta Hyang Sri Jayanasa of the 7th-century Srivijayan Empire.

Haunting, mysterious, full of magic and beauty is Zai Kuning’s vessel of the Srivijayan Empire, an artistic re-imagination of the voyage of Dapunta Hyang Sri Jayanasa who is believed to be the first ruler of the Malay Kingdom in the 7th Century. A masterpiece that has journeyed through Hong Kong, Paris and most recently to the 57th Venice Biennale, DAPUNTA HYANG: TRANSMISSION OF KNOWLEDGE is a culmination of an ongoing body of work that investigates Malay history and culture through the lesser-known narratives of the orang laut (sea people). It has successfully brought Malay cultural history and Singapore’s relationship to the larger Riau Archipelago onto the international stage.

In the homecoming of this highly-acclaimed work to be presented at 72-13, Singapore audiences will experience a multi-disciplinary exhibition that traces a 19-year long journey that has taken Zai Kuning to encounter the orang laut (sea people), mak yong (ancient Malay opera), and the lost world of the Malay maritime kingdom. This journey started with a residency by TheatreWorks (Singapore) in 2001. Surrounding the exhibition in Singapore will be live performances by Zai Kuning and collaborating musicians, talks by experts, and the screening of a new film that captures Zai Kuning’s extraordinary sojourn in search of our regional history.

Through the synthesis of forgotten histories and a living tradition on the verge of disappearance, Zai Kuning communicates the urgent need to resurface questions on how knowledge has been transmitted, manipulated and directed across time and space to inform us of our present reality.

Presented by TheatreWorks (Singapore) and 72-13, with support from National Arts Council (of Singapore) and Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth.

Dapunta Hyang: Transmission of Knowledge
72-13 Mohamed Sultan Road
12 April – 13 May 2018
12pm to 7pm
Tuesdays to Sundays

For more information about this exhibition and its programmes, please visit the website here!

Bookshop for night owls – A feature by The Straits Times

Thank you to Olivia Ho and The Straits Times for featuring TheatreWorks upcoming programme, Because, The Night a second-hand bookshop for insomniacs curated by Heman Chong!

We already have 24-hour gyms, so why not a bookshop that opens late at night so people who love to read can have access to books?” – Heman Chong

 

1. BTN - Bookshop for night owls 7 Nov 2017

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Link to The Straits Times Article: http://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/arts/bookshop-for-night-owls 


Because, The Night
9 – 11 & 16 – 18 November 2017
72-13, Mohamed Sultan Road Singapore 239007

Opening hours: 10pm – 4am (Last Admission: 3.15am)
Free Admission

 

The Prize Presentation of the 24-Hour Playwriting Competition!

Our judges for the 24-Hour Playwriting Competition are hard at work reading all the submitted scripts, and will soon come to a decision on the winners!

The Prize Presentation of the Competition will be on Saturday, 4th November 2017, and we invite everyone to join us as we announce the winners!

Date: Saturday, 4 November 2017
Time: 4.00pm to 6.00pm
Venue: 72-13, Mohamed Sultan Road Singapore 239007

Programme:
4.00pm Arrival of Guests
4.30pm Arrival of Guest-of-Honour
4.35pm Welcome Address
4.40pm Comments from the Judges
4.50pm  Reading of Excerpts of Winning Scripts
5.20pm Prize Presentation
5.30pm Tea Reception
6.00pm End of Programme

Please RSVP your attendance to Ezzat at ezzat@theatreworks.org.sg by Wednesday 1 November 2017.

 

Open call – Join us for a film seminar!

Notes on roads, trips,
and other possible slips and falls. 

A film seminar by Heman Chong This film seminar compliments Heman’s exhibition ‘Because, The Night’ that will occur for 6 nights in November at 72-13. The themes within the film seminar will overlap with the bookshop, touching on inequality, racism, homophobia, overpopulation, forced migration, exploitation of labor, overconsumption, climate change and many other issues affecting modern society.

When something or someone is trying to get from Point A to Point B, we have the possible beginnings of a road movie. I have been watching and re-watching a selection of about 150 films that I have collected since 2003. They have always inspired me; satisfying and igniting my wanderlust at the same time.

I have always wanted to make a film seminar for artists, filmmakers and writers who are interested to think about, around and inside all sorts of different journeys. So, here we are. We’ll sit and watch 9 different films, in their entirety, over 3 days and form an informal discussion around what we are seeing.

The films will only be revealed at the time of the screening. Something that we need to agree upon is whatever we talk about in those 3 days, while we’re watching those films; the material we generated will be collectively available to each of us in the film seminar as raw material to develop a story involving a road trip, shared amongst the participants of this film seminar.

We are looking at a small group of individuals to join us on this journey. Please be willing to commit 3 full days between 10 am to 6 pm each day between 20-22 October 2017 to be present at 72-13. There is no charge to attend this seminar. Please send an email to ezzat@theatreworks.org.sg with this attached form fully filled out. Type ‘Because, The Night (Film seminar)’ in the Subject. We’ll let you know if you’re in or you’re out as soon as we can.

  1. Full name:
  2. Occupation:
  3. Website (if any):
  4. Age:
  5. Top ten favourite films:
  6. Top ten favourite novels:
  7. Top ten visual art works:
  8. Describe the things you’re obsessed about:

Because, The Night – A second hand bookshop for insomniacs by Heman Chong

Because, the Night
A second hand bookshop for insomniacs
Heman Chong

10pm – 4am
9 – 11 & 16 – 18 November 2017
72-13, Singapore

Based on a list of 50 books culled from a series of informal conversations (touching on inequality, racism, homophobia, overpopulation, forced migration, exploitation of labor, overconsumption, climate change, etc) with friends and strangers on Facebook, ‘Because, the Night’ is a non-profit, second-hand bookshop produced by artist Heman Chong that will inhabit 72-13 for six nights in November 2017. It is open between 10 pm to 4 am; a space built for people who can’t sleep at night, a temporary home for insomniacs. Books include ‘Men Explain Things to Me’ by Rebecca Solnit, ‘2666’ by Roberto Bolaño, ‘The Bluest Eye’ by Toni Morrison, ‘Archaeologies of the Future’ by Frederic Jameson and many, many more.

‘Because, The Night’ extends and follows a thread in Chong’s work that he has woven since 1997. His concerns about the production and distribution of knowledge has brought him to produce exhibitions, conferences, books; playing roles outside of the artist— as curator, writer and of course, the bookseller. The bookshop is a confluence of many things. It is at once a depository of ideas, but at the same time, a social space in which individuals exchange ways of reading and seeing ideas. Chong is particularly interested in the display and the trading of second hand books, especially books that have been rejected from public and personal libraries; objects discarded and then later discovered by other readers. The book as a object passed from one hand to another, one eye to the next.

In conjunction with this bookshop with strange opening hours, Chong will show two sculptural works from his oeuvre. Firstly, a large selection of ‘Stacks’, a series he is well known for. They are free standing compositions involving books and various glass receptacles (drinking cups, perfume bottles, etc) are stacked to form fragile and intriguing associations with each other. A new series ‘After Hours’ accompanies both the bookshop and the stacks as large, hulking sentinels in the space. These sculptures are fashioned after open air stalls one would encounter in shopping centers or street markets where an entire stall selling all sorts of things are bound up in cloth after closing hours.

The multi-faceted works of Chong is located at the intersection between image, performance, situations and writing. He has recently produced a series of interconnected exhibitions located in Art Sonje Center (Never, A Dull Moment, 2015), South London Gallery (An Arm, A Leg and Other Stories, 2015) and Rockbund Art Museum (Ifs, Ands, Or Buts, 2016). He is the co-director and founder (with Renée Staal) of ‘The Library of Unread Books’ which has been installed in NTU Center for Contemporary Art in Singapore, The Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD) in Manila and will be traveling to Casco Projects in Utrecht and Ilham Gallery in Kuala Lumpur. He is currently working on a novel ‘The Book of Drafts’ which will be published by Polyparenthesis in 2019.

Full list of books

1. 2666 / Roberto Bolano
2. Never let me go / Kazuo Ishiguro
3. The Sirens of Titan / Kurt Vonnegut
4. The Road / Cormac McCarthy
5. W, or the Memory of Children / Georges Perec
6. Seeing / Jose Saramago
7. Blindness / Jose Saramago
8. The Savage Detectives / Roberto Bolano
9. The Rings of Saturn / W.G. Sebald
10. The Dispossessed / Ursula K. Le Guin
11. Written on the Body / Jeanette Winterson
12. The Handmaid’s Tale / Margaret Atwood
13.The Origins of Totalitarianism / Hannah Arendt
14. Men Explain Things to Me / Rebecca Solnit
15. A Universal History of the Destruction of Books: From Ancient Sumer to Modern-day Iraq / Fernando Baez
16. Wanderlust / Rebecca Solnit
17. The Man in the High Castle / Philip K. Dick
18. The Encyclopedia of Early Earth / Isabel Greenberg
19. One Hundred Nights of Hero / Isabel Greenberg
20. Foe / J.M. Coetzee
21. Elizabeth Costello / J.M. Coetzee
22. Under the Skin / Michel Faber
23. Why This World : A Biography of Clarice Lispector / Benjamin Moser
24. The Hour of the Star / Clarice Lispector
25. The Golden Notebook / Doris Lessing
26. The Bluest Eye / Toni Morrison
27. Woman at Point Zero / Nawal El Saadawi
28. Woman on the Edge of Time / Marge Piercy
29. Archaeologies of the future / Frederic Jameson
30. The Atrocity Exhibition / J.G. Ballard
31. The Female Man / Joanna Russ
32. The Catch / Kenzaburō Ōe
33. The Woman in the Dunes / Kōbō Abe
34. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit / Jeanette Winterson
35. Women Without Men: A Novel of Modern Iran / Shahrnush Parsipur
36. Mrs Dalloway / Virginia Woolf
37. To the lighthouse / Virginia Woolf
38. Island of a Thousand Mirrors / Nayomi Munaweera
39. The Good Terrorist / Doris Lessing
40. I love Dick / Chris Kraus
41. Aliens and Anorexia / Chris Kraus
42. Torpor / Chris Kraus
43. Summer of Hate / Chris Kraus
44. Gilgi / Irmgard Keun
45. A Train of Powder / Rebecca West
46. The Gulag Archipelago / Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
47. V For Vendetta / Alan Moore
48. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle / Haruki Murakami
49. The Last Thing He Wanted / Joan Didion
50. A Field Guide to Getting Lost / Rebecca Solnit

 


Heman Chong is a Singaporean artist whose work is located at the intersection between image, performance, situations and writing. He has recently produced a series of interconnected exhibitions located in Art Sonje Center (Never, A Dull Moment, 2015), South London Gallery (An Arm, A Leg and Other Stories, 2015) and Rockbund Art Museum (Ifs, Ands, Or Buts, 2016). He is the co-director and founder (with Renée Staal) of ‘The Library of Unread Books’ which has been installed in NTU Center for Contemporary Art in Singapore, The Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD) in Manila and will be traveling to Casco Projects in Utrecht and Ilham Gallery in Kuala Lumpur. He is currently working on a novel ‘The Book of Drafts’ which will be published by Polyparenthesis in 2019.

 

TheatreWorks 24-Hour Playwriting Competition is back!

The much-awaited TheatreWorks’ 24-Hour Playwriting Competition is back! This unique Competition marks a milestone this year as we celebrate its 20th edition!

The site of the competition has always been quirky and inspiring, and it is no exception this year. To be held at the rustically inspiring Kampung Kampus, Home of Ground-Up Initiative, the site is surrounded by lush greenery and fertile ground – a place for developing and practising sustainable living methods.

Who knows, these 24 hours at Kampung Kampus may not only inspire your writing, but it may also change your perception and attitude to life. Especially with the advent of climate change, the advent of global populist and protectionist trends, how are we to respond? Can we, in our own ways, make an impact?

The competition, as in previous years, is a platform to discover potential playwrights in our midst.  One of the winners will have his / her play developed by theatre professionals and produced in full. This production will be taken on a performance tour to the South East District in the first quarter of 2018.

Competition Details: 
Date: 16 – 17 Sep 2017
Time: 4pm – 4pm
Venue: Kampung Kampus, Home of Ground-Up Initiative – 91 Lorong Chencharu, Singapore 769201

Competition Categories: 
Youth: 15 – 18 years old
Open: 19 years old and above

Registration Fee: 
Youth Category: S$40
Open Category: S$55

Prizes for each category:
1st Prize: S$700
2nd Prize: S$500
3rd Prize: S$300
Merit: S$100

To register, please download and fill up the registration form here and email it to ezzat@theatreworks.org.sg by 3 Sep 2016.

There will only be 70 slots available for the competition.


The 24-Hour Playwriting Competition 2017 is presented as part of TheatreWorks Writers’ Laboratory Writing & Community Programme, in partnership with the South East Community Development Council. Writing & Community is a holistic, unique programme that serves the community through harnessing individual talents and creatives.

Writing & Community is a strand of TheatreWorks Engagement to encourage audience appreciation of the Arts, and deepen the knowledge of its patrons as well as stakeholders.

TheatreWorks calls out for Intern Applicants!

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TheatreWorks invites applicants for the position of Social Media Intern and Project Intern with the company. Interested applicants are invited to submit a resume, stating current and expected salary, and a current photo via email to tworks@singnet.com.sg

Please title your application as: “Application for <<Intern role>>”.

All applications should reach us no later than 18 August 2017. Only shortlisted applicants will be notified and contacted for an interview. It is advised that interviewees obtain some initial knowledge of the company.

Applicants will be required to commit to a minimum internship period of two to three months.


Social Media Intern

Responsibilities:
– To take care of all social media platforms of the company and assist in all social media matters of the company.
– To execute and implement marketing strategies and plans, and create content for social media postings;
– To support and promote the Company in all marketing and publicity relations; maintain and increase presence and awareness on the Company, its events and productions.

Requirements:
– Creative and able to think outside of the box;
– Fair interest in and knowledge of the arts;
– Proficient in MS Office and softwares such as Photoshop, Illustrator;
– Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
– Strong interpersonal skills and a good team player;
– Minimum of a working experience in a similar position or minimum Diploma Holder from a recognised educational institution of a relevant Diploma/course
– To be able to start immediately.

Project Intern

Responsibilities:
– To assist the Project Manager in ensuring that all projects of the company have met their objectives and goes on smoothly.
– To assist in operational aspects of projects, such as creating schedules, determine resources, estimate time, track costs and project completion requirements.
– To anticipate and effectively mitigate problems; and consistently communicate with stakeholders about updates on progress;
– To assist in working proactively and collaboratively with both the Company team and external agencies to assess project requirements and ensure efficient development and delivery of assets per the marketing plan.

Requirements:
– Ability to stay calm during chaos, and to deal with varying creative personalities;
– Fair interest in and knowledge of the arts;
– Proficient in MS Office, including Excel;
– Excellent organisational and analytical skills and the ability to prioritize, monitor, and manage workload.
– Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
– Strong interpersonal skills and a good team player;
– Minimum of a working experience in a similar position or minimum Diploma Holder from a recognised educational institution of a relevant Diploma/course
– To be able to start immediately.


If you are keen on joining the company and contributing to TheatreWorks, an independent arts company with 32 years of history, download the internship application form here:

TheatreWorks-internship_application_form_2017 

 

Choreography: Designing Space and Time – Artist Talk Happening Tonight!

In conjunction with TheatreWorks’ upcoming production in late July, The Roundest Circle, we also organised a talk  on contemporary dance!

Tuesday 11 July 2017, 8pm @ 72-13 Mohamed Sultan Road!

The talk will be conducted by independent dance artist Lee Mun Wai, who was one of the founding members of T.H.E Dance Company (2008 – 2015). It has been Mun Wai’s current interest in his own practice to think about choreography and the body in expanded ways.

Using the fundamentals of dance making and choreography – designing / ordering / arranging bodies in space and time – Mun Wai will discuss Associate Artist Eng Kai Er’s choreographic process in general, and with respect to The Roundest Circle.

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Credits: Tan Ngiap Heng

 

Choreography is more than just the aesthetic arrangement of bodies. It can be a process that reflects many aspects of our society as well. What do you think?


Choreography: Designing Space and Time

Date: Tue, 11 July 2017
Time: 8pm
Free Admission. Register by emailing ezzat@theatreworks.org.sg

Don’t miss your chance to join Lee Mun Wai in his talk on contemporary dance in Singapore! Come share your experiences and thoughts too!