i’m(perfect): Empowering Voices

Opening this Friday at LASALLE’s Creative Cube is i’m(perfect): Empowering Voices,  a theatre production that explores pertinent ideas and sentiments surrounding the issue of body image and self esteem.  The show is part of the i-AM 2013 Arts Festival for social causes, conceptualized and organized by second-year BA (Hons) Arts Management students at the School of Arts Management at LASALLE College of the Arts.

We had a quick chat with Director Fairuz Atiqah, a final-year LASALLE BA (Hons) Theatre+Performance student.

Issues of body image and self-esteem … Why this topic?

Body image concerns undeniably affect everyone at some point in our lives. The themes surrounding body image are universal hence this topic was chosen as it serves as a common platform for everyone to relate and reflect. Also, I would love to explore issues of self-esteem as I believe that theatre can empower the audience to have a healthier perspective of themselves and their bodies. Ultimately, i’m(perfect) hopes to encourage the audience to have a meaningful conversation on what makes them perfect and beautiful as individuals.

The show will be an interactive theatre production. How will this work?

i’m(perfect) motivates the audience to participate and interact with the subject matter of the show. During the show, the audience will make a mental note on how to change the outcome of the show. In this interactive theatre show, the audience is able to make a difference to the show by rewriting the lines of the characters. By coming onstage to be in the shoes of the characters, the audience is able to suggest strategies on how to change the outcome of the show. Also, by looking at specific scenes which deal with issues like extreme exercising, serious body disorders and fad dieting, the audience is encouraged to suggest alternative solutions to these issues. Audience interaction with the show is vital so that the audience is able to form their own opinions on the issues raised. By the end of the show, it’s the act of doing -and not merely talking- that matters.

There will also be a Video installation to complement the show. Can you tell us about that?

To extend the artistic experience beyond the walls of the theatre, a video art exhibition created by Urich Lau Wai Yuen, will be set up in the foyer of the Creative Cube running between 27 February and 15 March. The audience will thus experience a new emerging art form to complement their interactive theatre experience. The video art exhibition lends an added dimension to the way we perceive the theme of body image, as the way Urich has interpreted the theme of “body perception” and “body image” is quite interesting and it’s rather intriguing to see how such themes are translated into the relatively new, innovative and some might say unusual medium of video art. It’s not an art form that many people are familiar with and we hope that holding it in conjunction with the theatre production would give audiences an eye-opening artistic experience.

Any other events surrounding the production?

Apart from the performance of i’m(perfect), the project consists of the aforementioned video art exhibition as well as an outreach talk conducted by AWARE Singapore, which will take place on the LASALLE Campus at 5pm on Saturday, between the matinée show (3PM) and the evening show (8PM).

i’m(perfect) shows on March 1 and 2, 3pm and 8pm at Creative Cube, Lasalle College of the Arts. 


Bedok Reservoir: The search for funding

Over the weekend I spotted a crowdfunding project for theatre on Facebook, and I got all nosey. A flip through the website revealed a collab between Studio Thirteen and Pinball Collective to produce their first staged production -Bedok Reservoir- with a little help from you and me.

I hooked up with Wesley Leon Aroozoo – the writer of the play – threw a few questions at him, and here’s what I got back …

“The play is inspired by the consecutive suicides at Bedok Reservoir. The story revolves around three divers in search for a mother and son in the reservoir. Crowd-funding for theatre is something unheard of in Singapore and we are hoping through this, more projects can be realised through crowd funding. So far the response has been fair, and we are going all out in making this event a reality. In a way, the public can have a hand in creating Art and making Art possible in Singapore.”

The trailer is the perfect appetite-whetter. Check it out, then hop on over to the site to buy your ticket.

Wesley is an adjunct lecturer at LASALLE, a member of Studio Thirteen, and a freelance writer for ‘Random Island’, a new series from the makers of ‘The Noose’. He is also reading his Master of Fine Arts at NYU Tisch Asia.



At the Media Preview of the Singapore Arts Festival Village

What the Singapore Arts Festival 2012 promises to do from 18 May to 2 June. Are you ready?

The Singapore Arts Festival opens tomorrow! Yesterday we got a preview of the Festival Village situated at Esplanade Park which will be home to 300 free performances from 18 May to 2 June. Despite not being officially opened, the village was already a bustling hive of activity. There were horses trotting about, performers (both kids and adults) going through rehearsals, crew testing lighting, sound and projection and F&B staff setting up the food booths, Festival cafe and bar. The area is coming alive and it’s going to get even busier once things kick off on Friday. Here’s a sneak peek of what’s in-store for you in the coming weeks. Photos after the jump.  MORE »


Singapore Arts Festival 2012 Tickets On Sale Now


In its 35th year, the Singapore Arts Festival comes full circle with a programme line-up that celebrates communities in Singapore through a re-discovery of their  untold stories. The Festival will see Singaporeans of all ages and walks of life, and local companies, contributing to the festival in different ways. Through stories, legends and myths, the 2012 Festival will bring audiences on a journey of self discovery through recollections of their past and interactions with their communities.

From 18 May to 2 June 2012, the Singapore Arts Festival will present 14 ticketed and 66 non-ticketed productions presented by more than 500 artists and groups from Singapore and across the globe. The Festival will showcase local and international acts, collaborations and projects that take audiences into exciting new venues, pushing the boundaries of traditional performance. This year’s festival completes this trilogy with the theme “Our Lost Poems”, which  began two years ago with “Between You and Me” in 2010 and “I Want to Remember” in 2011.

Festival highlights after the jump.  MORE »


TheatreWorks presents Saying Grace

TheatreWorks presents Saying Grace, a one-man show on the pain of eating and his journey to live. The play is performed by Andrew Lua, written by Hu Fangda and directed by Gerald Chew

Andrew Harvey Lee is seemingly perfect: educated, married, hardworking, a corporate high-flyer. He wants to live well like other Singaporeans do. But he eats and purges himself too much.

A prize-winning entry of the 24-Hour Playwriting Competition 2011 (Youth Category), Saying Grace traces the life of an accountant battling an eating disorder. Follow Andrew’s fall from grace as he negotiates his body, career, family and sanity through a deep plunge past rock bottom. A tussle of mind over matter, society above self, this one-man show offers a rare perspective into the private world of a man who has lived, lost and hopes to live again.

18 Feb 3pm & 8pm Performance Centre, Mountbatten Community Club. 25 & 26 Feb 3pm Programme Zone, Bedok Public Library. 11 Mar 3pm Merpati Hall, Geylang East Public Library. 18 Mar 4pm Mini Theatre, Braddell Heights Community Club. 24 Mar 7:30pm Multi-Purpose Hall, Siglap South Community Centre. 25 Mar 3pm & 27 Mar 7:30pm Programme Zone, Serangoon Public Library. 30 Mar 8pm Theatrette, Marine Parade Community Club. To reserve seats or for enquiries, please call TheatreWorks at 6737-7213 or email tworks@singnet.com.sg. Admission is free.






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