Curated from a competitive global open call, Open Stage gives the stage to exciting contemporary voices emerging from Southeast Asia and beyond. This year’s eclectic mixed bill is equal parts contemplative, playful and indignant as artists reflect on the global events that have transpired, and prospect the future ahead.
Photo of There was no room for food by Seo Jeong Bin (South Korea)
17 – 19 June
17 June 8pm, 18 June 3pm
18 June 8pm, 19 June 3pm
Twin Deal Standard $54
Twin Deal Concession $38
Twin Deal Mezzanine $22
Esplanade Annexe Studio
A: Approximately 65 minutes
B: Approximately 85 minutes
Mask-wearing is required for all indoor events.
Programme B will include some use of strobe lighting.
7 selected works, spread over 2 programmes, performed over 3 days: 2022’s Open Stage delves into the individual’s relation and reaction to the self, the other, the larger society, environment and world.
Chloe Chua’s Limbo (Singapore/USA) and art naming 奇能’s i have nothing to do with explosions (Taiwan/Singapore) explore the weavings of selves across the expanse of time and space: through an excavation of familiar patterns for the former, and through the recognition of the ephemeral, the precious, and the infinitesimal for the latter.
Standard Practice by Eng Kai Er (Singapore/Germany) ruminates on the notion of practice, the thinking about practice, and the ripples of such thinking into society’s organisation of work – ripples that also emerge in Katrina Bastian (New Zealand/Germany)’s Soliloquy in Sweat, an unapologetic, hot-under-the-collar confrontation of the treatment and exploitation of the dancer’s labour.
Puri Senja’s The Other Half (Indonesia) tries to unload the embedded, embodied memories in the wake of trauma that surface and resurface in the body’s interaction with the everyday; Seo Jeong Bin (South Korea)’s There was no room for food situates the body in an environment more invasive than provisional. ORGARHYTHM by Kenji Shinohe (Japan/Germany) presents the body at crossroads with technology: could our fallible fleshiness be obliterated in the face of technological evolution?
Programme A | 17 June 8pm*, 18 June 3pm
Standard Practice (excerpt) – Eng Kai Er (Singapore/Germany)
The Other Half – Puri Senja (Indonesia)
ORGARHYTHM – Kenji Shinohe (Japan/Germany)
*with post-show dialogue
Programme B | 18 June 8pm*^, 19 June 3pm^
Limbo – Chloe Chua (Singapore/USA)
There was no room for food – Seo Jeong Bin (South Korea)
i have nothing to do with explosions – art naming 奇能 (Singapore/Taiwan)
Soliloquy in Sweat – Katrina Bastian (New Zealand/Germany)
*with post-show dialogue
^with 10 mins intermission
Programme A: Advisory 16 (Partial Nudity)
Programme B: R18 (Full Nudity)
For more information on the artists, do check out the “Artists” page.
*Note: The programme lineup for Open Stage may be revised at the Festival’s discretion in accordance with the prevailing travel restrictions.
Only applicable to shows held at Esplanade and selected events held at T.H.E Dance Company’s studio.
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