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

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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’.


“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

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.


Open call – Join us for a film seminar!

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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:

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

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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!

TheatreWorks presents: The Roundest Circle

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As we march onwards to July, TheatreWorks is thrilled to present a brand new work – The Roundest Circle by Eng Kai Er, Faye Lim and Felicia Lim!

Straying from the norm is the norm for TheatreWorks Associate Artist Eng Kai Er. Kai shares about the Associate Artist programme  “the open-ness of the Associate-ship allows us (Faye, Felicia and I) to explore what we are interested in, without pre-determining any theme that we should base ourselves off. It has been a very luxurious period of investigation, conversation and of course, dancing too!

In her latest work, Kai, Faye and Felicia challenge themselves by breaking all structure and taking out a key figure – the ‘leader’ from their decision making process. With no designated leader, they perform simultaneous leading and following, sharing and giving up physical and creative space.

What will be the outcome? Is the absence of a leader possible in making a performance?

Join us in this journey of discovery with Kai, Faye and Felicia as they venture into the undiscovered and the unchartered.

Performance Details:
27 & 28 July 2017
(Thursday and Friday)

72-13 Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore 239007

$15 Standard
$10 Concessions for Student and Senior Citizens above 62 years old

To book your tickets, email theroundestcircle@theatreworks.org.sg or call us at 6737-7213.

Find out more about The Roundest Circle at our engagement blog here!

The Roundest Circle marks Kai’s third full production with TheatreWorks, after INDULGENCE (2015) and She Ain’t Heavy, She’s Reaching Into Space (2016), as part of her Associate-ship. TheatreWorks believes it is crucial to extend support to independent artists and does so through its Associate Artist Programme – a long-term platform to nurture and build the creative capacity of performance makers. It is a platform to enable artists to create boundary-pushing works. Past associates include Choy Ka Fai, Joavien Ng, Vertical Submarine and Charles Lim.

TheatreWorks Associate Artists have access to resources and opportunities for artistic research and for developing their works. We intend to constantly build on our circle of Associates, and in developing them, we grow and develop the Singapore arts ecosystem.

Our Writing From The Heart playwriting workshop is back again, by popular demand!

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Interested in playwriting but feel that you aren’t certain if you could write a play? Well, we have good news for you! Our ever popular Writing from the Heart Playwriting Workshops is back!

From 29 May to 4 June to join us for this week-long workshops, headed by renowned writer Tony Perez! From chakra points to meditative sessions, Tony will guide participants on a soul-searching journey, and from there lead you to writing the play you’ve always wanted to!

Emerging Singaporean playwright Helmi Yusof, first penned his new play My Mother Buys Condoms at the workshop in 2014. It was then further developed over a period of one year through a series of dramaturgical clinics under the guidance of Perez, before being presented to the public at a dramatised reading in July 2015. Since then, it had been picked up by local theatre company, W!ld Rice, and staged professionally as a full production at the Singapore Theatre Festival in July 2016.

“Tony Perez is a wonderful, thoroughly unconventional and intuitive teacher. He talks about everything from chakra points and meditation to Freud and Jung, and you’re asked to try them out in class, so you have to have a very, very open mind.”  – Helmi Yusof, participant in 2015.

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After the successful edition of Writing from the Heart from 2014 to 2016, TheatreWork’s Writing and Community is thrilled to invite Tony Perez back to conduct an interactive playwriting workshop this May 2017.

This series of workshops aims to:

  • Unearth and inspire new playwriting enthusiasts from within the community
  • Share one of the region’s best playwriting skills and expertise with the community
  • Develop new plays through a post-workshop mentorship and dramaturgy programme


TheatreWorks is currently seeking a new group of writers for this workshop. Those who are keen, please email ezzat@theatreworks.org.sg or call Ezzat at 6737-7213 to register before 25 May, 12pm.

Workshop details: 

Date: 29 May to 4 June 2017
Venue: 72-13 Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore 239007
Registration Fee: $200

Open to participants 17 years and above. Limited to 20 participants.

Head over to our Writing & Community blog post for more information on Tony Perez and the workshop sessions he will be conducting!

Don’t wait any longer, register with us to book your space now!

ArtsPicks this week – The Roundest Circle!

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Looking for something to do tonight – Friday, 21 April? Or tomorrow Saturday 22 April?

Come on down to TheatreWorks home, 72-13 and catch our brand new work – The Roundest Circle! Presented by dance artists Eng Kai Er, Faye Lim and Felicia Lim.

Come witness as they translate their shared knowledge into a unified performance. The work is rooted in their practice of dance improvisation and driven by curiosity, collaboration, and contestation of ideas.

Roundest Circle ArtsPick

Kai Er, Faye and Felicia are at the halfway point of their project due for presentation in July. In this April work-in-progress showing, see what they have been exploring from January to April! And in the post-performance dialogue, tell them what you think!

Email ezzat@theatreworks.org.sg to reserve your seats now!

The Roundest Circle is part of TheatreWorks’ Associate Artist Programme and TheatreWorks’ long established belief in developing and nurturing Singapore artists. It is also part of TheatreWorks’ aim to present innovative contemporary experiences and artistic expression that offer Singapore audiences alternatives. Its home, 72-13 is an incubator for artistic experiments by both artists and creative, while being a consistent conduit for dialogues between disciplines and cultures.

Come speak with Associate Artist Eng Kai Er tomorrow!

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As you probably would have seen from our Facebook Page, we will be starting off our 2017 season with an engaging artist talk by Eng Kai Er – our very own Associate Artist!

‘A Conversation with Eng Kai Er’ will be happening tomorrow, 5 April 2017, 8pm at 72-13, Mohamed Sultan Road. Admission is free, but for a hassle-free registration do reserve your seats by emailing ezzat@theatreworks.org.sg  or you could also just walk in tomorrow too!

More on the talk – Kai will be sharing on her latest venture in running a performing arts studio – Make It Share It (MISI). Other than discussing MISI’s programmes from a personal perspective, Kai will also be expressing her love and thinking of body-based communication, performance, and labour; as well as her thoughts of exclusion/inclusion in the performing arts, and the conditions of the current arts ecosystem.

Here’s a little sneak peak on what Kai will be presenting tomorrow!


What are your thoughts on this?


Don’t miss out on this session as Eng Kai Er highlights the parallels and contradictions between performance-making and running a studio.

Come broaden and share your perspectives with us on Kai’s talk tomorrow!

This talk is organised as part of Eng Kai Er’s Associateship with TheatreWorks – a platform to nurture and build the creative capacity of performance makers.

TheatreWorks’ kicks off its main season with Associate Artist Eng Kai Er

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In April, TheatreWorks Associate Artist, Eng Kai Er kicks off our main season with two programmes as part of her Associateship!

First up — A Conversation with Eng Kai Er On 5 April. Kai will share about her latest venture, running a performing arts studio — Make It Share It (MISI).

In this session, Kai will discuss MISI’s programmes from a personal perspective; expressing her love and thinking of body-based communication, performance, and labour; and also her thoughts of inclusion/exclusion in the performing arts and the conditions of the current arts ecosystem.

Join us for this engaging talk as Kai highlights the parallels and contradictions between performance-making and running a studio.

Then join us once again on 21 & 22 April for The Roundest Circle. Developed in collaboration by Eng Kari Er with dance artists Faye Lim and Felicia Lim. See what they have been exploring since January to April and share with them what you think during the post-show dialogue!

A Conversation by Eng Kai Er
Date: 5 April 2017
Time: 8pm
Venue: 72-13 Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore 239007

The Roundest Circle
Date: 21 & 22 April 2017
Time: 8pm
Venue: 72-13 Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore 239007

Free Admission
Reserve your seats by emailing ezzat@theatreworks.org.sg

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What’s happening this week at 72-13?

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Entering into the sixth week (and the last week!) of the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA), here is THE event wrapping up the series of this year’s edition performances held at 72-13!

Making And Doing

By Bill T. Jones

Making And Doing is a landmark collaboration with Bill T. Jones, one of the world’s foremost multi-talented artists with an illustrious and award-winning career as a dancer, choreographer, theatre director, and writer. A new lecture-performance freshly made in 2016, expect an explosive fusion of music, dance, and his company of virtuosic dancers. Through rapid movement and gesture, Jones speaks about creativity: how to take an idea from inception to stage and what it means to be a maker in the world today. Join Bill T. Jones in this rare, one-night-only opportunity to gain some insight into the mind of a creative genius from the contemporary dance world.

For more information and updates on future TheatreWorks’ events, do stay tuned on this very blog and check out our social media pages – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter –!