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.


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

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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.

TheatreWorks 24-Hour Playwriting Competition is back!

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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.

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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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!

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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Catch a glimpse of GALA!


From a 7-year old boy who has never taken dance lessons to a professional ballerina who studied dance all her life… Come experience the brilliance of this diverse group of individuals in GALA!

Here we have a glimpse of the GALA’s beauty when it was performed at the L’apostrophe Theatre in France!

GALA is on from 6 – 8 October at Victoria Theatre.

Don’t miss this opportunity to watch this groundbreaking work by renowned French choreographer Jérôme Bel. Get your tickets here now!

Writing from the Heart Playwriting Workshops this July!

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TheatreWorks is organizing a 6-day interactive playwriting workshop at 72-13 this July! Conducted by Tony Perez, renowned playwright and novelist from the Philippines, these workshops comprises a series of interactive hands-on exercises designed to enable participants to discover their inner self and creativity in exploring the basics of playwriting.

After the successful edition of Writing from the Heart in 2014 and 2015, Writing & Community once again, invites him to conduct an interactive playwriting workshop this July 2016.

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

Writing from the Heart has previously discovered over 30 new writers and gave them the basics in playwriting. Through a series of hands-on exercises, which include drawing, dialogue and interpersonal interaction between participants, the mentor and within themselves, these exercises drew out the writers’ potential from within and these discoveries became important material and inspiration for playwriting.

“… Everyday there was a self discovery – from our favourite character in a fairytale to our imbalanced chakras, which we balanced through the use of a pendulum, to the Eros and Thanatos concept which improves the inner voice in writing …” – Eliete Vivino, participant of Writing from the Heart 2014.

“… The workshop exceeded my expectations. It gave me fresh perspectives on writing and that writing should come from the heart. I loved how interactive the workshop was. I left the workshop inspired by all the participants and Tony …” – Serene Tan, participant of Writing from the Heart 2014

“… 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 of Writing from the Heart 2015.

TheatreWorks is now seeking a new group of writers for this workshop. Those interested, please register by emailing ezzat@theatreworks.org.sg or call Ezzat at 6737-7213. 

Workshop Details:
18 July to 23 July 2016
Venue: 72-13 Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore 239007
Registration Fee: $200
Open to participants 17 years and above

Please register here

Session 1, Introduction to Writing from the Heart
18 July 2016 (Monday), 7 – 10pm

Session 2, Strengthen one’s power of observation & creative visualisation
19 July 2016 (Tuesday), 7pm – 10pm

Session 3, Creating characters & dialogue
20 July 2016 (Wednesday), 7pm – 10pm

Session 4, Working with a premise; Creating a dramatic plot
21 July 2016 (Thursday), 7pm – 10pm

Session 5, Conceptualise & Visualise the theatre space
22 July 2016 (Friday), 7pm – 10pm

Session 6, Deconstruct, structure & restructure and shaping the Narrative
23 July (Saturday), 10am – 1pm

Session 7, Delivering Creative Group Dynamics
23 July (Saturday), 2pm – 5pm

About Tony Perez

Tony Perez is a Filipino playwright, novelist, and visual artist with an M.A. degree in Religious Studies, an M.A. candidacy in Clinical Psychology, and an A.B. in Communication. He has authored two major, full-length trilogies of plays in Tagalog, some of which have been translated into English and Polish. His full-length play “Trip to The South” were performed in New York and in Singapore; another full-length play, “On The North Diversion Road,” was performed in Melbourne and in Singapore. After having more than 40 books published in the Philippines, he is devoting the rest of his life to posting his new and forthcoming books in cyberspace. They can be accessed through his main blog site, http://www.tonyperezphilippines.blogspot.com. His artworks have been showcased in more than 15 exhibitions.

Perez is also the founder of the Spirit Questors, a group of young, psychic volunteers who render service to the public free of charge. Among his other interests are fiber art, puppetry, the use of drama in psychotherapy. In his home country, he conducts workshops to underserved audiences such as victims of human trafficking and sexual abuse, children in conflict with the law, prison inmates, child combatants, and residents of drug rehabilitation centers.

Perez has worked with TheatreWorks since the 1990s. He led in workshops like Writing from the Subconscious (1990), Explore the Physical Psychic Sense for Creative Writing (1992) and wrote Trip to the South performed at the ASEAN Season Festival in 1991.

Preview of ‘Between Consciousness’

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Two weeks ago, we invited a few of our Ambassadors to an exclusive preview of Between Consciousness, TheatreWorks’ latest community production touring to three community centres in the South East District.

As part of TheatreWorks’ efforts in expanding the knowledge and capabilities of our ambassadors, exclusive preview of productions are arranged for our ambassadors before the show is open to the public. This opportunity, made available to all ambassadors, aims to equip them with better knowledge of the production, and expose them to different artistic directions, which they may not have seen before. One of our Ambassador, Eugene Ho, shared his thoughts on the show as well as his experience at the preview.

Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect when I was invited to watch the preview for Between Consciousness. All I knew was that it was a piece on mental health, and that it was written in 24 hours.

The piece hit me in ways I didn’t expect. The initially bright and energetic performance both complemented and contrasted the heavier overtone of the script, and many powerful moments were conveyed. As we become voyeurs into the world of a child with autism, we not only become privy to the fragility of his mental state, but as a viewer divorced from the performance, we also see the world he is in constant contact with. I feel that often times, because of this world of information we live in, many of us prefer to categorise problems and see it clinically and apathetically. It’s so much easier to euphemise and call it a learning disability, or a mental condition. We forget that this is something that not only they, but their caretakers live with their entire lives. We can’t just cry over every single disaster we witness that is entirely out of our control can we? But it is precisely at times like these that we need works like these, which confront us with real problems people face, and reminds us of the fragile world we live in.

So I guess what I’m trying to say is that I really appreciate the effort put in this piece. I feel that TheatreWorks Ambassadors Programme (TAP) gives people a chance to appreciate and be involved in the arts scene in Singapore especially with opportunities to watch previews and interact with the actors and directors, and ask questions about the subject matter and the creative process. We need more performances like these, so Kudos to Isaac and the team.

Find out more about Between Consciousness at our Writing & Community Blog.

We are still have more performances of Between Consciousness coming up, go to http://betweenconsciousness2016.eventbrite.sg to reserve your seats!

We hope to see you there!


Interviews with Between Consciousness Creative Team

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Between Consciousness – Our upcoming production is our annual community tour in partnership with South East Community Development Council (CDC). The show will tour from 25 Feb to 19 March in three Community Centres in the South East District.

Between Consciousness explores the “mental in each of us”. It is a story that discusses mental health, autism, depression and what caregivers go through with their wards. This play also aims to expand one’s perspective about people diagnosed with mental conditions.

We met up with the creative team and had a chat with them about their creative process and the rehearsals. Check out their interviews below!

Al-Matin Yatim, Actor: “Nobody would totally understand what is happening inside a person’s head, what more a mind that functions more specially than others”.

Ivan Lim, Actor: “At first I was slightly confused, but as I read on, I fell in love with it. I am having a joy ride with this script. Every time I read the script, I find something new and after each rehearsal, I discover a new aspect of the character”.

Thong Pei Qin, Director: “I have also come to realise that people with special needs or diagnosed with mental illnesses are not so very different from you and me, and the plot of Between Consciousness echoes this exact sentiment”.

Gerald Leow, Set Designer: “The set represents the many levels of consciousness and the complexity of the human mind.

Isaac Lim, Playwright: “TheatreWorks’ Writing & Community Programme is an excellent stepping stone, to not only bring their voice out there, but also for the community to interact, know of the talents, and connect with the arts“.

You can reserve tickets for Between Consciousness at http://betweenconsciousness2016.eventbrite.sg

Check out our posts on writingandcommunity2016.wordpress.com for more information and updates of our Community & Writing Programmes!