The performance of Indulgence, by our Associate Artist Eng Kai Er, came to a close last Saturday, after four well-received shows. It was a pleasure to see all of you here in support of this new work, and to hear your thoughts on the performance after the show! With post-show interviews, surveys and discussions, we’ve received many encouraging comments and feedback.
Juliette shared on 20 May:
It managed to showcase the poetry of everyday pleasures. It reflects powerfully on the absurdity of life and how we keep on living nonetheless.
While Alison shared on 22 May:
It’s a very visceral, sublime performance with a lot of surprises happening all the time. It’s wonderful.
To read more about what our audience members said about Indulgence, visit our Indulgence blog.
Beyond that, many kindly expressed their support for TheatreWorks’ cause, that takes artistic risks, nurtures and develops Singaporean artists like Kai, as well as 72-13 as an arts space. During Kai’s residency at TheatreWorks, along with with collaborators Bernice Lee and Jereh Leong, were able to explore the architecture at 72-13, indulge in and learn from the creative process of developing a new work (that eventually evolved into the performance of Indulgence that was showcased last week).
Many shared they enjoyed how 72-13 is spacious and flexible, yet cozy and welcoming, offering a unique and attractive ambience.
Melinda shared on 20 May:
I think this kind of showing, where there’s high production value but is also really casual, but there’s also a low barrier to entry – 10 bucks you can already see a show – makes it hospitable and not cold. Yeah, big fan!
Mayura shared on 20 May:
It is an experimental space with many possibilities – I have watched performances in many parts. I’m always amazed by how its character changes each time, yet it has a familiar welcoming warmth.
Leslie shared on 22 May:
Very interesting space. It didn’t feel like a theatre space. Thus, it felt very easy to watch and be in the moment with the play.
Denise shared on 23 May:
It allows for the audience to interact with the space, which makes the experience very special.
The open and versatile nature of 72-13 also provides an ideal space for artists to explore – explore the space, explore themselves as artists, and explore the creative process – encouraging creativity and experimentation.
Karin shared on 21 May:
It encourages creativity within all the space and possibilities. Not locked to a stage, unless you want it to be.
Grace shared on 22 May:
I think architecturally this space has its own character by itself, and every time when different performers walk in this space, it has a very… I do not know, I don’t want to use the word transformative, but it does have that kind of feeling. To me, it is quite something that will transform a person’s state of mind. Even though I kind of know this space quite well, I’ve been here quite a few times, but I do find it different. There’s like some secret place that you know, oh suddenly you find, “Oh, this part can be used like this! That part can be used like this!”
Syv shared on 22 May:
Great space creating different & various environments. Lots of creation possibilities.
Ryan shared on 23 May:
It breaks boundaries! Surprises every time.
To end off, I’d like to share this commentary from Lynn, originally shared on the Indulgence blog. Lynn tells us about why she enjoyed Indulgence, and why she appreciates TheatreWorks and 72-13 as an incubation space for artists:
I loved the playfulness of the piece – I really enjoyed watching them have fun in the space, and I want to join in, especially during the beanbag part. It was clear that the three of them were enjoying themselves, which I felt translated to the audience experience. It was also really clear that they trusted each other, and were confident in their collective investment and presence in the piece. That always makes performance fun, and it puts the audience at ease as well, even though some of the stunts were pretty crazy! As an audience member, I thought it was an interesting tension, because while I was at ease, I felt like I was anticipating something unexpected to happen, my curiosity was definitely piqued. Felt like a parent watching and indulging her children at the playground.
I didn’t respond quite as much to the text, what they were doing with their bodies and the space was far more interesting to me. I thought there was a really nice rhythm to the composition. And it made me wonder what happened during the 11 weeks of creation/rehearsal – what happened, what didn’t happen, and what stories and performances the audience wasn’t privy to. So I went back and read the blog, which I thought was a very nice complement to the performance. It was nice to hear the personal voices of the artists, and to understand (at least a little) where they were coming from.
It’s shows like this that remind me and affirm the importance of having a ‘space’ for artists to play and experiment. I’d love to see what happens next after this – is she going to work towards a ‘final’ performance?
Thank you for putting the work together, and for letting me share my thoughts!
Thank you to all your support for Indulgence, TheatreWorks’ cause, and 72-13. It means a lot to us, and to Kai, who tells me that all your comments are very helpful and educational for her. We welcome comments, so do share them with us, in the comments section below or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!
Following this successful run of Indulgence, we look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events. Find out more about our upcoming programmes here. See you soon!