It’s a wrap!

It’s a wrap!

The performance of Indulgence ended with a bang on Saturday, to the largest group of audience of the run!

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We’ve been catching up with some audience members after the shows, and also got the chance to hear your thoughts on the show during the post-show discussion on our opening night. Some also penned their thoughts on Facebook! Many of you shared with us about how you can relate to various of the scenes in Indulgence, in a variety of ways. In this performance, where Kai, Bernice and Jereh explored indulgence through several tableaus, we’ve found that everyone has a scene or theme which they can really connect to.

“It managed to showcase the poetry of everyday pleasures. It reflects powerfully on the absurdity of life and how we keep on living nonetheless.”

Juliette, 20 May

“I loved the part they danced to the music video as it reminded me of my childhood.”

Afiqah, 20 May

“Some ideas on “having fun” resonated with me – reminded me of childhood games tht we used to play to pass time, like the “bottle” spinning that recalled senses of truth or dare. Other themes on sexuality, gender and identity are pertinent issues that do not necessarily resonate on a personal level, but are universal concerns I feel.”

Wan Hui, 21 May

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“I guess what struck me was the beginning, in the scene with the sushi plate. Because for me what struck me was that it addresses the idea of a certain bit of exhibitionism, at the start where, I guess bodies become objects. It really relates, I guess essentially to the opening of the show itself, where the actors themselves become flesh on display. But also it maybe speaks to all of us.”

Kenneth, 21 May

“What I saw or what resonated with me was the hint of vulnerability and the inability to capture what one wants.”

Weiyu, 23 May

“The female body and just the trappings of the human body in general really resonated with me as a Muslim girl.”

Sabrina, 23 May

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Some expressed how interesting and refreshing this work is, and how intriguing you find the concept behind Indulgence. We’re incredibly heartened to see how all of you have been excited for this new, experimental work, and are supporting Kai, a young artist with a unique voice.

“I like how the performance pushes my comfort zone in a tongue-in-cheek kind of way. The performance explores indulgence in a fun, unpredictable way, especially in terms of how it maximises the use of space.”

Olivia, 21 May

“It’s a very visceral, sublime performance with a lot of surprises happening all the time. It’s wonderful.”

Alison, 22 May

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“The languages it used to discuss the themes were definitely new. I really enjoyed it.”

Sabrina, 23 May

“I have never been to an engaging performance such as this. It was an extremely immersive experience.”

Meera, 23 May

“I really enjoyed how they were enjoying themselves; it’s something very refreshing to see – performers actually enjoying themselves while they’re performing.”

Jia Ling, 23 May

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Here’s a BIG THANK YOU to everyone for making Indulgence a success and supporting new artists like Kai! Your thoughts and feedback are also very appreciated by Kai and her team.

We’re glad to hear many of you share that you’ve enjoyed yourselves, and we hope to see you again soon!

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For more photos from the performance, behind-the-scenes and engagement programme dance-Oke, visit our gallery.

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Our Audience Shares… #8

Our Audience Shares… #8

Thank you Kim Seng for sharing your comments and words of encouragement via Facebook for the performance of INDULGENCE by Kai, Bernice and Jereh at 72-13 !!

Kim describes INDULGENCE as,

“what performance is all about … really glad to see the fun and danger. there is still hope… “

Do also check out our Wrap Post for Indulgence here

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Our audience shares … #7

Our audience shares … #7

Kai, Bernice and Jereh performed the last show of this run of Indulgence on Saturday, to the largest crowd of the run! We spoke to some audience members after the show, and they kindly shared with us many insightful thoughts and interpretations of the work, and how it related to them personally.

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Sabrina, a student at SOTA, shared:

1. Which part of the performance could you relate to the most? Why?

Definitely the exploration of the body and its trappings, and I like the emphasis on the female body, and also the different languages they used to describe, especially the trappings of the female body. Definitely, those themes definitely resonate with me, as a Muslim girl. Everybody makes assumptions about me and my religion, and definitely how my religion treats the human body, which I sometimes find very disconcerting, because they’re making assumptions about me based on just maybe one or two character traits that I happen to have. So the exploration today was really nice to see, and I liked how they, in their own way, they honestly discussed how basically all women are viewed as vessels for childbirth. Which is quite sad, because women are more than that.

2. Do you have any other comments on the show?

I definitely enjoyed the… languages, can I say it again, the vocabulary that they used, the use of the body, the music, and just the images that they decided to use in this particular production. The lights also, are very enjoyable, they definitely helped enhance the performance, and I definitely liked the promenade space, the use of space and architecture in this wonderful, wonderful space. The sense of intimacy was really engaging, and the whole performance was quite well thought out, you can tell there was a lot of effort put into concept.

3. Do you enjoy being at TheatreWorks’ shows?

Oh, definitely! TheatreWorks always has some of the best shows of the year for me. Really memorable stuff. Of course for newcomers and people who aren’t very well versed in contemporary art, or just theatre in general, would find this kind of work quite confusing, but I think sometimes you need the art to do that, you need to walk away going, “oh my god, the hell did I just watch? I just paid money for that?” Because that makes you think about the symbols and makes you engage with the work in a different way.

4. Do you like 72-13?

Yeah, definitely! The space is amazing, I would love to perform here once – haha, hint hint! But yeah, I think no matter the show, TheatreWorks, the performers and the artists really do engage with the space and they make full use of it, so I would love to keep watching works in here as well.

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Fiona, an arts student, shared:

1. Which part of the performance could you relate to the most? Why?

I think the one that I can relate to the most would be the music video, and I can see why, you know, it’s the idea that all these things are accepted by society but yet it’s not really confronted in that sense. It’s also overly sexualised and whatnot as well.

2. Do you have any other comments on the show?

I think I did enjoy myself tonight, but I feel that this, it’s a lot to work on. I think the concept is there, but I think the execution could have been done a lot better. I feel it wasn’t coherent enough, it felt like it got there, the narrative got there, but it wasn’t clear enough and because of that it doesn’t really appeal to a lot of people as well. But nevertheless I still did enjoy myself.

3. Do you enjoy being at TheatreWorks’ shows?

Yes, I do! I definitely do enjoy myself. This is my, don’t know how many already, show that I’ve been to at TheatreWorks.

4. Do you like 72-13?

There’s no specific reason as to why I like it, but yeah.

Etienne, a dancer, shared:

1. Which part of the performance could you relate to the most? Why?

I’m not quite sure, this is a very special performance. I’m a dancer, so I know sometimes it’s not about what you understand, it’s about what you experience.

2. Do you have any other comments on the show?

This is not the kind of performance we’re used to watching, it’s more like an experience, it’s more like you kind of take part in the show, you kind of have to move around, move inside, it’s like you’re on stage with the performers and it’s quite interesting.

3. Do you enjoy being at TheatreWorks’ shows?

It’s my first time at a TheatreWorks show. It would be great to come to future shows.

4. Do you like 72-13?

I find the space incredible, I love it here.

Jia Ling, a dance student at LASALLE, shared:

1. Which part of the performance could you relate to the most? Why?

I don’t know how to actually talk about relating to the performance, it’s more of I came without any expectations, and I just really like the idea of just indulging in the performance. It’s funny how the performers can indulge in whatever they want to show, but I felt that by showing what they like to indulge in, I was indulging in their indulgence.

2. Do you have any other comments on the show?

I think it was really fun. I really enjoyed how they were enjoying themselves, it’s something very refreshing to see, performers actually enjoying themselves while they’re performing, because especially for dance, there’s this expectation that when you perform, you have to look perfect, you have to look as if you’ve rehearsed this for a million times, and you look great on stage. But I love how there’s so much room for mistakes, so much room for doing whatever.

3. Do you enjoy being at TheatreWorks’ shows?

Yeah, yeah! I’ve come for quite a few of their productions.

4. Do you like 72-13?

Yes, it’s a very interesting space, I think that a lot can be done in this space. It’s very flexible.

Esther, a dance student at NAFA, shared:

1. Which part of the performance could you relate to the most? Why?

I think I liked the part where they had the music video playing and they were dancing to it. I think that is just pure fun, and that is something I want to indulge in.

2. Do you have any other comments on the show?

Unexpected.

3. Do you enjoy being at TheatreWorks’ shows?

Yeah! It’s my first time here.

4. Do you like 72-13?

Yep! I think the lighting is good, and there’s a wide range of space we can explore.


Thank you Sabrina, Fiona, Etienne, Jia Ling and Esther!

Our audience shares … #6

Our audience shares … #6

We caught up with some of our audience members at Indulgence once again on 22 May, and they shared with us their thoughts on the show.

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Grace, a lecturer, shared:

1. Which part of the performance could you relate to the most? Why?

One thing, it makes me want to think of chicken rice. You know, what does chicken rice have to do with this part of the world, in Singapore? And also I think the space is very interesting to look at. The space between the audience and the performers, and when does the audience actually become the performers. The lines between these spaces are very interesting.

2. Do you have any other comments on the show?

I have a lot of… It created a lot images in my head now, that I will ponder a little a bit about.

3. Do you enjoy being at TheatreWorks’ shows?

Yes, yes I do! It’s a good experience. They always have different shows and different ways of doing the shows.

4. Do you like 72-13?

Yes! I do! 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!”

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Conan, from the Asian Civilisations Museum, shared:

1. Which part of the performance could you relate to the most? Why?

I think I really liked the part where they were sliding around on the floor, on the beanbags on the middle, yelling phrases like ‘I love you’ and stuff like that. I just found it very interesting, it was just very funny throughout. I like that part.

2. Do you have any other comments on the show?

I really like the sense of… I think they built the sense of tension really well, in terms of just anticipation, even with the idea of falling, if she actually fell from the heights, the truss, that was something that you’re wondering throughout the whole piece whether she’ll fall or not, are they going to do some sort of jumping thing. Even at the end of the piece that was something that was very strongly implied. So I like that. I liked that a lot, the way they built up the tension.

3. Do you enjoy being at TheatreWorks’ shows?

Yeah, the ones that I have been to have been enjoyable. The last one that I went for was…actually also with Bernice and Kai Er, also like a moving, walking around kind of thing.

4. Do you like 72-13?

Yeah! I haven’t been up here (Space 3), actually. It’s interesting. A lot of room to play with.

Alison, a theatre practitioner, shared:

1. Which part of the performance could you relate to the most? Why?

I think it’s the theme of having fun, because I think as artists, most of the time when we create, we forget that a huge part of it is having fun, because it ties in with what we do, and so I think that was the one theme and they really stuck through it the entire performance which I really enjoyed.

2. Do you have any other comments on the show?

I think it’s great, I think everything is great. It’s a very visceral, sublime performance with a lot of surprises happening all the time. It’s wonderful.

3. Do you enjoy being at TheatreWorks’ shows?

Yes!

4. Do you like 72-13?

Yes, I love the space! I love love love love love the space. It’s open, it’s white, it has a lot of historical value, in the sense that it has a lot of story and the whole place just breathes a very strong sense of history which I really love.

Wiing, an independent dance artist, shared:

1. Which part of the performance could you relate to the most? Why?

There’s no one part that I can relate to the most. It’s more like…that I’m presently there? I think that everything is relatable. It’s understandable I guess?

2. Do you have any other comments on the show?

I really like the use of the space and lights. And how the piece transits from one section to another. At one point, at first, at the very beginning I felt like I was an audience, and then slowly I felt like I was being invited to a house party, by these three people, three chickens or whatever it is, but then it’s the best house party of the year.

3. Do you enjoy being at TheatreWorks’ shows?

Yeah!

4. Do you like 72-13?

Yes, I love the space! I mean it used to be a warehouse, right? And I really like it because it’s big and it’s spacious, and there’s a lot of room for you to do whatever things you want to do with it. It’s modifiable.


Thank you Grace, Conan, Alison and Wiing!

Our audience shares … #5

Our audience shares … #5

It was yet another fully subscribed show at our second performance of INDULGENCE on 21 May. We spoke to our audiences after the show and here’s what they have to share about there experience:

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Geraldine, a visual artist, Kenneth, a curator, shared:

1. Which part of the performance could you relate to the most? Why?

Geraldine (G): (laughter) Oh my god. What makes you think I relate to it? Nah, I’m just kidding. No, no, because I relate to quite a few… I think the music video one I was really laughing quite a lot, because they were trying to copy the movements they were seeing. I think as a photographer the speed of the footage really struck me when they kind of failed to imitate the same speed at which the images were sort of changing. But also because I also try to copy music videos, so I identify with that a lot, I was just laughing. Especially during the rapper part, and they were just doing this (imitates movement), and trying to rap, it was so relatable because I do that all the time, so, yeah.

Kenneth (K): I guess what struck me was the beginning, in the scene with the sushi plate. Because for me what struck me was that it addresses the idea of a certain bit of exhibitionism, at the start where, I guess bodies become objects. It really relates, I guess essentially to the opening of the show itself, where the actors themselves become flesh on display. But also it maybe speaks to all of us. There are certain scenes where we have to look at each other, for instance we were placed on the seats, suddenly we were drawn out of our comfort zone of just being that distant observer, and then suddenly that person beside you who didn’t know, became, similarly like the actors themselves, bodies of flesh that you have to look at. So that part was fun. There’s always a bit of both discomfort and a slight thrill, and that’s the interesting part.

2. Do you have any other comments on the show?

G: I think I read a bit of the synopsis, in the sheets that were handed out before the show, and it just said, quite unabashedly, that they just wanted to have fun with each other. And I guess as a practitioner myself, I think sometimes I forget how to have fun in what I do. And then I guess the way it’s been staged, like they sort of really try to involve people – I don’t know if that’s a common strategy in theatre in general, because I don’t go to that many plays or performances – but the way it’s done, it feels that they really wanted the audience to have fun, and I felt that was quite meaningful.

K: Similarly, I think the aspect of fun itself, is big. Otherwise you come in and it’s all serious, “Oh, we’re here to watch a play, going to reflect about life…”

G: Yeah, exactly! I mean the nonsensical parts, sort of made sense to me, it’s not really nonsense.

3. Do you enjoy being at TheatreWorks’ shows?

G: This is my first one.

K: Similarly.

(Then would you be interested in attending more shows by TheatreWorks?)

K: Sure!

G: Yeah, definitely!

4. Do you like 72-13?

K: Oh, it’s our first time here but based on our experience in this space so far, I like it. I think it invites a very light and improvisational setting, I think the space itself is designed for that.

G: Yeah, the way it’s a lot less theatrical, there’s no stage. A clear stage, at least.

K: Yeah, there’s no distance between the spectator and the stage itself, basically the entire space is the stage.

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Lynn, a student, shared:

1. Which part of the performance could you relate to the most? Why?

I guess like when they were having fun. I think it’s the most basic form of indulgence, just being yourself and no one’s watching. So I guess that’s the part I relate to the most.

2. Do you have any other comments on the show?

Actually at first when I was watching I was trying very hard to find out what exactly was going on, but halfway through a thought suddenly struck me, that maybe I wasn’t supposed to know what was going on, it’s supposed to be chaotic in that sense. So that’s my prevailing thought tonight after this performance.

3. Do you enjoy being at TheatreWorks’ shows?

This is my first show! Yeah, I would come and watch again. Actually I was quite drawn to this particular show because on what I read on the internet from the blogs, so that’s why it’s my first show with TheatreWorks.

4. Do you like 72-13?

Yeah, I’d say it’s not bad! It’s not my first time here, because I’ve been here for quite a few other arts performances. It’s quite a cosy place. It’s just a bit out of the way, because the walk from nearby MRT stations is a bit far. But it’s a cosy and nice place, away from the hassle of the city.

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Daryl, a student, shared:

1. Which part of the performance could you relate to the most? Why?

I guess it’s the part where they were running around and playing with each other. It makes you think of your childhood, you have siblings or friends that you meet in your neighbourhood, somedays you’ll just play around with them, party… Not really party, you know what I mean. Kind of like reliving your childhood memories, expressing yourself.

2. Do you have any other comments on the show?

One part that intrigued me was both of them getting into the same suit, just walking around. Why, I have no idea, I just thought it was very interesting.

3. Do you enjoy being at TheatreWorks’ shows?

Yeah.

4. Do you like 72-13?

I think it’s a great place, you can hold a lot of stuff here. You can have visual arts exhibitions, performances in there, up there (Space 3), actually anywhere, here is also like a performance space (Space 1). It’s cool. It’s different from other performance spaces I’ve gone to. I feel that TheatreWorks, they want to give their artists a chance to just move around in the space and find what’s comfortable with them. Wherever they feel comfortable, I think they’ll just hold a performance wherever they like. It’s a flexible space.


Thank you Geraldine, Kenneth, Lynn and Daryl for sharing your thoughts with us!

(Repost from Facebook / Instagram) Our audience shares … #4

(Repost from Facebook / Instagram) Our audience shares … #4

Thanks Isaac for expressing how much you enjoyed yourself and sharing your experience at INDULGENCE on Instagram !!

If you want to win yourself some Book Actually Vouchers, here’s how you can by taking part in our competition with 3 simple steps:

  1. Post a photo taken at 72-13 after the show onto Facebook or Instagram 
  2. Caption what you like most of about INDULGENCE or TheatreWorks Programmes
  3. Tag us, @TheatreWorksSg, and add 72-13 as the location

The 10 most liked photos will receive a 30% Discount BooksActually Voucher.

Isaac shares IG - Indulgence 21 May

Our audience shares … #3

Our audience shares … #3

We have received (and are still receiving) many words of encouragement and personal thoughts from our audience members about their experience at INDULGENCE. Thank you, and please continue to share your thoughts and comments of the show with us.

Our audience member, Lynn Yang, shares how much she enjoyed and resonated with the INDULGENCE. 

” 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! “

You’re welcome Lynn, thanks for sharing!