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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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.

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!

(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.

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Our audience members share their thoughts at the Opening Night of INDULGENCE #2

Our audience members share their thoughts at the Opening Night of INDULGENCE #2

Thank you to everyone who joined us last night for making the opening of Indulgence a success! We caught up with some of our audience members after the show to find out their thoughts.

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Archie, who does programming and Mathematics, shared:

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

When I watched the performance, I tend to try to analyse it. So when it comes to which part I can relate to the most, I can’t really a give a specific answer. I would say it’s a great performance. But I wasn’t in the mood of relating to it, I was looking for the meaning behind it.

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

It was an interesting experience. It was my first time being at this kind of performance, at first I expected a little bit of black box theatre kind of thing. This is very different, it’s cool.

3. Do you enjoy being at TheatreWorks’ shows?

It’s my first time here.

4. Do you like 72-13?

Oh yes! It gives a very good atmosphere and it’s a very unique experience.

Melinda, a movement teacher and artist, shared:

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

The highest levels of absurd when the stakes get a little higher. Because their voices as artists come through a little more, there’s less of that restraint, I think. But then again, even just walking into the space, Kai as an original voice, and as an original vision, is already very clear. So I felt very comfortable from the minute as I walked in the space, that I was really inside of their collective mind, so I enjoyed all of that. Sometimes this time is a bit lulling.

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

I love the fact that you guys let them use the bean bags. Because I really thought more standard production houses might be like, “You might break our bean bags!” or whatever. You guys just let them do what they want. And of course there were safety issues, the climbing, the blah, but… I thought that was great, I thought that was exactly what the scene needs.

3. Do you enjoy being at TheatreWorks’ shows?

Mhmm! Yeah, I mean, I’ve been in one, so I like all of them.

4. Do you like 72-13?

As a space? Yeah, and I think this kind of showing, where there’s high production value but is also really casual, but there’s also a low barrier to entry – 10 bucks you can already see a show – makes it hospitable and not cold. Yeah, big fan!

Lee Yew Moon, a freelance trainer, shared:

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

I think I can relate to the more dangerous parts the most, because I think I do take risks, which are not necessarily physical, but this is presented as being physical.

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

I think that I wasn’t completely prepared for the format, but nevertheless I think as it went along I bought into the show a little bit more. So I found that the duration was good for a show like this because I think if it were any longer, it would have moved from indulgence to something else, something more negative.

3. Do you enjoy being at TheatreWorks’ shows?

Yes, I do! I have been… actually I was very much a part of TheatreWorks’ audience in the early days, and then later on I stopped for various reasons. But it’s always good to know that there is a company that’s willing to experiment with theatre.

4. Do you like 72-13?

The location? Well, I mean, the location is nice. I’m not sure if you can do anything other than this kind of shows, on this location, but I think it’s nevertheless a good location.

Dayah Rahim, a theatre practitioner shared:

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

The fast bits, you know, the whole running around and all that got me really excited. The jumping. I really thought she was going to jump.

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

Yes, actually. Because the first impression I had of the show was, it’s called Indulgence. So I came prepared thinking that the whole play would be based on indulgence. But I soon realised that the play lacked of indulgence. I thought some scenes or some bits should be more milked. I think one of the comments tonight was “indulgence with abstinence”, and I strongly feel that’s so. There are certain scenes where I feel that you can do more, I sense a sense of… a bit pulled back so it’s quite frustrating to know that.

3. Do you enjoy being at TheatreWorks’ shows?

Of course! I find that TheatreWorks is one of the companies in Singapore that straps away the fluff, and the glitz and the glam. They’re more experimental, more realistic, more down to the agenda, compared to… You know, it’s nice to have all these musicals, and glitz and feather boas, but at times you need real plays, and I find that TheatreWorks does a very good job on doing so.

4. Do you like 72-13?

I do! It’s a very cosy place. I actually like it a lot. In fact this place has a very good, what do you call that? You don’t need microphones and stuff like that, it’s just a very nice… (Acoustics?) Yeah, the acoustics are really good here.


Thank you Archie, Melinda, Yew Moon and Dayah!

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