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 … #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.

Lynn

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.

Daryl

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!

Indulgence opens!

Indulgence opens!

Indulgence opened last night to a great crowd; a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who was present! It was amazing to see everyone immersed in the performance and responding warmly to it.

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Following the performance last night, Kai, Bernice and Jereh held a post-show discussion at the same space. The three collaborators also fielded questions about the origins of the name ‘Indulgence’ and the concept behind the show. Audience members were eager to share their interpretations of the work and uncover the different layers of meaning in the piece, and were curious about the creative process behind the performance and meanings behind certain scenes. They expressed their appreciation for how the show skirted traditional ideas of indulgence, choosing instead to explore different forms of pleasure and enjoyment.

Thank you to all for sharing this evening and sharing your thoughts with us! We hope you enjoyed the performance and the post-show dialogue with Kai, Bernice and Jereh.

Kai, Bernice and Jereh sit down for a post-show discussion with the audience.

The presentation of Indulgence runs from 20-23 May, 8PM at 72-13 Mohamed Sultan Road. If you haven’t gotten your tickets, it’s not too late! Please be advised that the performance is now rated R18 (Some Mature Content and Nudity).

Email indulgence@theatreworks.org.sg or call us at 6737-7213 to book your tickets now!

One more day to opening!

One more day to opening!

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It’s ONE MORE DAY to Indulgence!

This new work by Kai and collaborators Bernice and Jereh will finally premiere tomorrow, 20 May. Yesterday, we began the audiovisual setup for the performance, before running through a tech rehearsal.

While tech was being set up, I spoke a little with the creative team about how they’re feeling. “I’m a bit bored,” Bernice jokes, “It was supposed to start at 3.30 but we’re still waiting.”

Kai shares that it’s hard to believe the performance the three collaborators have been developing will be publicly staged in two days’ time (as of yesterday evening). Unsurprisingly, they are nervous but excited, given how they have put in such a great deal of time, effort and thought into conceptualising and rehearsing the performance.

Indulgence, which is a work-in-progress, has continually undergone developments and changes throughout the process of creating the work. I ask Kai about the status of the performance and rehearsals, at just two days before showtime.  “It’s never going to be ready,” she says, referring to how every work an artist puts out will never be ready or complete in the artist’s eyes. Nevertheless, she, Bernice and Jereh are comfortable and confident about the performance, which will run for four days, from 20 May (tomorrow!) to 23 May, Saturday.

We’ve all got our fingers crossed that the show will run smoothly, and we hope to see you there! Although it’s the eve of the premiere, it’s not too late to get tickets for Indulgence. Shows will be held at 8PM at 72-13 Mohamed Sultan Road. Email indulgence@theatreworks.org.sg or call us at 6737-7213 to book your tickets now!

BY: Yingbi Lee, Engagement Intern

Thank you for an indulgent Saturday afternoon at dance-Oke!

Thank you for an indulgent Saturday afternoon at dance-Oke!

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dance-Oke was a blast! Held on Saturday, the event was a great time dancing along to music videos in the style of karaoke, with dancing in place of singing. After Kai introduced herself, Bernice and Jereh and the event, we launched into the first video on our playlist: the upbeat Bollywood song Chammak Challo. It took a while for participants to overcome our initial hesitation and ease into dancing along to the video amongst strangers, but by the time we reached the second video, everyone was grooving along to the familiar tune of Happy by Pharrell Williams.

The creative team introduces themselves and the event
The creative team introduces themselves and the event
Kicking dance-Oke off with Chammak Challo
Kicking dance-Oke off with Chammak Challo

One sentiment shared by all participants was that they appreciated the relaxed, intimate atmosphere of the session. There were no rules imposed, no strict choreography to follow – we could move around the space as we pleased, dancing when we felt comfortable enough to and resting when we needed a break. It was very pleasant and very refreshing to be able to dance however we wanted to, together with people who felt just as at ease and had come to the event with the same intention of dancing freely. I personally came out of the activity feeling that I’d lost most of my initial inhibitions with dancing outside the isolation of my own room.

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I found it surreal, in a refreshing way, to see so many people dancing together to music videos of all genres, from pop and hip-hop, to Disney tunes, to Bollywood, K-pop and French music. Not quite a flash mob, but a cosy gathering that evoked the same excitement and awe of seeing a large-scale flash mob. The activity saw participants of all ages, from infants to people over the age of 60. In a such a diverse group of so many people, it was inevitable that a few of the music videos requested would be foreign to some of us. Not that that was a hindrance. Instead, it was exciting to see what videos others had suggested and learn a few new songs to add to my music library.

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Bernice playing with one of the children at dance-Oke

When the dancing segment of the activity came to a close, we settled down for a live interview session moderated by musician Chong Li-Chuan, who previously worked with Kai on a number of occasions. Calling it a live interview makes it sound a whole lot more formal than it really was, though – the atmosphere resembled more of a casual chat between Kai, her collaborators Bernice and Jereh, Chuan and us, the participants. Chuan introduced Kai and her work, inviting her to share more about her previous works, including Fish, produced as part of the Substation’s Director’s Lab, and her fake PhD on choreography.

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Sitting down for a chat with Kai, Bernice and Jereh

Kai’s journey took her from creating work away from arts institutions, in Europe, navigating performance making on her own, learning and indulging in the process of creating art. She would like to keep it that way, always keeping art enjoyable, and not pigeonholing her work into the categories of ‘dance’ or ‘theatre’. Many of us came away enlightened about how she has developed as an artist, and with an admiration for her courage in pursuing her passion for dance and the making the decisions she has made.

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A huge thank you to everyone who came down to indulge in an afternoon with us, dancing and chatting with the three collaborators behind Indulgence! We hope you enjoyed yourselves and shed your inhibitions. If you’d like to see more of Kai and her work, do join us for the performance of Indulgence, which runs from 20-23 May, 8PM, at 72-13 Mohamed Sultan Road. Email indulgence@theatreworks.org.sg or call us at 6737-7213 to book your tickets now!

BY: Yingbi Lee, Engagement Intern