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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!

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TheatreWorks presents: OFF KILTER

Off Kilter Main Pic with Photo Credit

TheatreWorks is thrilled to announce our upcoming production in October! Helmed by internationally acclaimed performer Ramesh Meyyappan. Fresh from its run in Glasgow, where it garnered rave reviews, Off Kilter features Ramesh’s unique style of performance – an eclectic mix of visual and physical theatre.

…the sheer artistry Meyyappan brings to his performance – and the power of Joel Nah’s supporting score and soundscape… makes Off Kilter a profoundly absorbing and moving show.” – The Scotsman, Glasgow

Ramesh is an artist who seeks out courage, hope and redemptive transformation in his story telling …one of his (Ramesh Meyyappan) finest performances yet.”                      – The Herald, Glasgow

“Jaw-dropping display of both pure physical comedy and magic… devastating moments of beauty, humour and pathos …this is a timely, deeply heartfelt gem.”                               The List, Glasgow

“A brilliant physical performer, Meyyappan’s control and expressiveness of movement are magnetic, and he emanates a warmth and humour that constantly invites empathy.”  – Exeunt Magazine

“The work I have been creating is purely visual – the stories and narratives tend to focus on us – what it is to be human, human stories that we all can relate to,” explains Meyyappan. Off Kilter explores mental well-being, identity, feeling a little bit different from everyone else and not quite being yourself.

At work and at home, Joe Kilter has his routine. Some people think Joe is obsessive. Joe would prefer not to be thought of at all. A change in his routine turns his world askew. His life is no longer his own, his house is knocked sideways and he’s off his game. Joe Kilter is off-kilter. Feeling increasingly isolated, his life feels impossible until he is forced to exist in darkness.

Off Kilter is a darkly comedic visual theatre production, incorporating illusions and masterful non-verbal storytelling. Ramesh Meyyappan is a master of physical theatre, award-winning actor, and internationally renowned visual theatre artist. His last major work, Butterfly, played to sold out audiences in the UK, USA, Singapore and at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Performance Details:
11 – 14 October 2017
8pm
Approximately 60 minutes with no intermission
72-13, Mohamed Sultan Road Singapore 239008

Ticketing Details:
$35 (Standard)
$25 (Concession for Students, Seniors above 62 years

20% Early Bird Discount: 10 – 31 August 2017

Tickets available on sale on all SISTIC Channels.
(Prices exclude SISTIC handling fee).