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.

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

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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!

SIFA is back at 72-13 again!

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This year, TheatreWorks’ home, 72-13, is once again proud to be the official Venue/Equipment Partner for the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA).

SIFA is an annual affair of artistic excellence, bringing to Singapore a mix of local and international productions and collaborations. Based on the theme of ‘ENCHANTMENT‘, this year’s edition hopes for festival goers to remain enchanted with what the world has to offer, stay connected to issues, and believe that every small difference matters.

Prior to the start of the O.P.E.N., some SIFA banners were put up right outside 72-13. You can’t miss them! 


There are shows from both the pre-festival O.P.E.N. (Open, Participate, Engage, Negotiate) and the main festival happening right here at 72-13. Here are the shows you should look out for!

O.P.E.N. Pre-festival

*Admission with O.P.E.N. Pass for all, limited single entry tickets available at the door for selected events.

  1. Art As Res Publicae | Opening Public Creation by Public Discussants, Commentators, Moderators and You!

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A historic moment in Singapore, and definitely in the arts, where public discussants will have, for the first time, a dialogue in the open on a central question that has been referred to them. This year, opening the entire SIFA 2017, The O.P.E.N. looks at art as res publicae or art as public interests. The root word of ‘republic’, ‘res publicae’ is a Latin phrase loosely defined as ‘public interests’. In the spirit of this definition, ART AS RES PUBLICAE will be exploring open questions of artworks, dialogue and negotiation. The central question that has to be unpacked: What is the ‘intangible value’ in an artwork?

28, 29 June at 7pm
3h 30min, intermission included

  1. Unsettled Assignments | Exhibition by Sidd Perez & Vuth Lyno


Unsettled Assignments considers the networks of unsettled South-South relations produced through post-colonial conflicts and peacekeeping interventions in Southeast Asia.

29 June – 9 July

Opens on 29 June, 7pm – 10pm
Tue – Sat: Noon – 6pm
Sun: Noon – 6pm

Closed on Monday

  1. The Unforgetting Space | Exhibition by Tan Biyun


Brilliant historian Eric Hobsbawm made persuasive arguments about the importance of building memory or mounting a ‘protest against forgetting’. Conceived with this in mind, The Unforgetting Space is an interactive and participatory installation featuring old textbooks, dating back to the 1970s, that Tan Biyun has collected.

29 June – 9 July

Opens on 29 June, 7pm – 10pm
Tue – Sat: Noon – 9pm
Sun: Noon – 6pm

Closed on Monday

  1. O.P.E.N. Histories: Exchanges | Series of Workshops and Film Screening


In conjunction with Tan Biyun’s exhibition of The Unforgetting Space and Sidd Perez and Vuth Lyno’s Unsettled Assignments, O.P.E.N. Histories: Exchanges is a series of workshops and a film screening that offers a deeper engagement with the ideas surrounding the exhibitions. 

*Registration is required for all due to limited capacity.

The Unforgetting Space: Workshops | By Tan Biyun
30 June, 4 – 7 July at 3pm
2h, no intermission

Unsettled Assignments: Workshop | by Sidd Perez & Vuth Lyno
1 July at 11am
6h, including one-hour lunch break

Unsettled Assignments: Screening of Where I Go by Kavich Neang | Introduction & post-screening dialogue with Vuth Lyno
1 July at 7pm
1h 30min, no intermission

  1. Spectres | Audio-visual Exhibition by Zai Tang


“The birds are silent in the woods.
Just wait: Soon enough
You will be quiet too.”

– Robert Hass

5 July, Opening: 7pm – 10pm
6 – 8 July, Noon – 5pm
9 July, Closing day: Noon – 6pm

  1. Spectres Live | Concerts by Bani Haykal, Cheryl Ong, Dennis Tan, Dharma, Fuzz Lee, Natalie Alexandra, Shark Fung, Wu Jun Han, Yuen Chee Wai & Zai Tang

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Each evening, three Singapore-based musicians are invited to play with artist, composer and sound designer Zai Tang. Through two hours of improvised, experimental music, they will explore sonic dialogues on the theme of disappearance.

6 – 8 July at 8pm
2h, chill and relax!

For more information on the events, visit the SIFA website here.

We’ll see you at 72-13 then!

NAFA students visit 72-13

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We had NAFA Performing and Visual Arts Management students at 72-13 on 6 April and 15 April respectively. Tying in with their Events and Facilities Management module, our engagement executive, Brendan introduced TheatreWorks and our home, 72-13 – presenting how both TheatreWorks and 72-13 played an integral in offering an important space that supports artistic and alternative works which are seldom seen in Singapore.


In his presentation, he went to share how the various programmes and productions also touched upon our organization’s philosophy and red lines, presenting inter-disciplinary, inter-cultural and docu-performances. Programmes at TheatreWorks includes diversity of artistic concepts and relations like Retrospective,where renowned French choreographer Xavier Le Roy worked with 12 Singapore dance and performance makers in creating a performance-exhibition that engaged audiences intimately in contemporary dance-making and how intercultural, interdisciplinary projects like the Flying Circus Project enabled new connections and discoveries between artists and communities.


He also shared about our Open Call programme featuring events like Living With Myths and our Engagement programmes in deepening the knowledge and experiences of our stakeholders.


Later, the students took a tour of 72-13, visiting the spaces where various. Many were curious about the heritage of the building, which used to be a rice warehouse, as well as our main staircase, which was retained from the original building structure.


in Space 3


the main staircase of 72-13

They were intrigued by how the space is well equipped for all kinds of programmes and productions for performance and visual arts. They liked the idea how there was a full grid and truss system which can be lowered to ground level at our main hall, Space 2.


at Space 2

On a lighter note, the students loved the openness and comfortable environment of our spaces, easing into the large beanbags in Space 3 and peering out of the windows.


Thanks NAFA Performing and Visual Arts Management students for paying us a visit!