to Sep 22

The Golden Record 2.0

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Part of the NUS Arts Festival 2018
Performed by NUS Stage and presented by NUS Centre for the Arts
director: Edith Podesta
interviewer & writer: Corrie Tan

“In our time, we have sifted the sands of Mars, we have established a presence there, we have fulfilled a century of dreams!” - Carl Sagan

Inspired by the 40th anniversary of the 1977 NASA launch of Voyager I and II, the interstellar crafts that carried two ‘Golden Records’ deep into space. Part one of The Golden Record (NUS Arts Festival 2017) opened this ‘cultural Noah’s Ark’ and examined its interstellar contents in the new light of the 21st century.

The Golden Record 2.0 now shifts the focus: from the local to the universal. Given the chance to select the sounds, images and greetings that portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth, what message would Singaporeans choose to communicate with the universe? NUS Stage gathers these tokens of our world’s sights, “our science, our images, our music, our thoughts and our feelings” and presents this ambitious time capsule to a live audience before it is sent to the stars.

There will be a post-show dialogue following the 21 Sep performance.

Tickets are available here.

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10:30 AM10:30

ITI THEATRE FORUM 2018 | Of Use, Abuse and Misuse: The “Intercultural” in Theatre 

The ITI Theatre Forum returns this June.

Where once “multicultural” was enough and “cross-cultural” was the au courant, the “intercultural” has become a popular buzzword widely bandied around.

However, what exactly do we mean by “intercultural”?

How is the “intercultural” being manifested and represented today?

What are the various tensions, forces and points of rupture that form the “intercultural”?

Are there differing understandings of the “intercultural” and can they be reconciled?

How can the arts, in particular theatre, play a role in shaping meanings and discourses about the “intercultural”?

Come hear from:

  • Corrie Tan (Associate editor, Arts Equator)
  • Liu Xiaoyi (Artistic Director, Emergency Stairs)
  • Soultari Amin Farid (Joint Artistic Director, Bhumi Collective)
  • Zelda Tatiana Ng (Creative Director, Ground Z-0)

Moderated by Charlene Rajendran (National Institute of Education)

Opening remarks by T. Sasitharan (Director, Intercultural Theatre Institute)

Closing remarks by Alfian Sa'at (Resident Playwright, W!LD RICE)

This forum is held in collaboration with the Arts and Culture Management Program, at the Singapore Management University School of Social Sciences.

Admission free, donations welcome. Register here.

All donations go towards the Möbius Fund, a revolving loan fund for actor-students. Each and every dollar a student pays back upon graduation goes back to the pool to enable another student to tap on this financial assistance source.

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to May 12

Points of View 2018

I will be conducting two days of clinics and workshops in performance writing as part of Points of View 2018 by Centre 42 and the Asian Dramaturgs' Network.

Points of View: Critical Frames for Performance Writing and Making is a nine-day programme for young performing arts writers and makers to explore various ways of viewing and approaching artistic works. Held on 4 - 12 May 2018 under the auspices of the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA), successful applicants will experience a range of performances, and engage in critical dialogue with SIFA artists, organisers, industry experts and fellow critical thinkers.  

Points of View consists of two tracks:

  • Performance writing. For those interested in critical writing, including reviewing, research, arts journalism and arts administration. Facilitated by Lim How Ngean.
  • Performance making. For those interested in critical dialogue about performance making, including directing, acting, designing, playwriting and dramaturgy. Facilitated by Charlene Rajendran.

Participants will:

  • Contribute to discussions, tutorials and other workshop activities with the programme facilitators.
  • Attend selected SIFA performances for free.
  • Dialogue with SIFA artists and organisers.
  • Share their experiences with the public in a forum.

(Application Period: 26 February to 25 March 2018)

To qualify for Points of View, you must be:

  • Interested in performance writing OR performance making
  • Aged between 18 and 30
  • A Singapore resident
  • Confident in both written and spoken English
  • Actively involved in performance studies or practice, either as student, recent graduate or practitioner
  • Able to commit to the entire programme from 4 to 12 May 2018

For more information and to apply, go to:

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8:45 PM20:45

Words Go Round: So You Want To Be A Writer

Part of the Singapore Writers Festival's Words Go Round public programming.

Featuring Hirzi Zulfiklie, Kirsten Tan, Gwee Li Sui, Corrie Tan

Do you hope to pursue writing as a career? Are you stumped by what this even means? Let four experts in their own fields offer insights on writing in different industries and what it means to marry your dreams with practical problems of survival.

Visit to purchase tickets.

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3:00 PM15:00


In conjunction with the 2018 M1 Singapore Fringe Festival.

Theatre that is reviewed is the theatre that is valued in world-wide culture.

Work that is not discussed is in danger of becoming an irrelevance.

The decline of mainstream media and the significant drop in revenue streams have led to critics being laid off across the world, and less space for theatre reviews. But these same cultural shifts have given rise to platforms presented by new and diverse voices that engage theatre makers in different ways and create an ongoing dialogue—whether it be on social media or essays online. The review is no longer the last word, but only the start of a conversation.

As we move into the digital age of the 21st century, it is perhaps time to re-examine the relationship between critics and artists. How can critics and artists work together to widen dialogue around theatre, and serve both the art and audiences better?

Lyn Gardner, Theatre reviewer, The Guardian
Alfian Sa'at, Writer, Resident Playwright, W!LD RICE
Corrie Tan, Theatre reviewer
Sean Tobin, Artistic Director, M1 Singapore Fringe Festival

Free admission. Register here.

An initiative by the National Arts Council. Organised by ArtsEquator Ltd

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3:00 AM03:00

Southernmost – Open Forum

Presented by experimental theatre company Emergency Stairs, the first edition of Southernmost is a theatre festival that will bring together some of the most outstanding and established traditional and contemporary theatre artists from the region for an intensive two-week intercultural exchange. It features a series of workshops and public presentations, as well as an open forum.

The open forum will feature six invited speakers – prominent artists, arts managers, academics and policy makers from Singapore and the region – with Hong Kong theatremaker Danny Yung as forum commentator.

What is intercultural theatre in Singapore at this juncture? What is the point of an intercultural dialogue? Through this forum, we will attempt to understand our own baggage, limitations and strengths, and why these exist. The next step will be to define, and then redefine, intercultural theatre in Singapore.

Speakers: Alvin Tan (Singapore), Alfian Sa'at (Singapore), Cedric Chan (Hong Kong), Corrie Tan (Singapore), Lim Wah Guan (Singapore), Jobina Tan (Singapore)

Venue: Chamber@The Arts House

Tickets: $12 at the door, or $78 for a 12-day festival pass

For more details, click here.

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