1. Medea
    By Tan Shou Chen
    Friday 26 September 2014, 8pm
    Saturday 27 September 2014, 3pm and 8pm
    Admission: $20/$15(concession), tickets from The Substation Box Office at 6337 7800 or boxoffice@substation.org

    Medea, granddaughter of the Sun, murders her king father and brother for the sake of love to help Jason of Argo. Banished from her homeland, she marries him, baring two of his children. Despite her sacrifice, Jason abandons Medea to marry the daughter of King Creon of Corinth where they have sought asylum. Forsaken in a foreign land, Medea enacts an apocalyptic revenge on her once-lover to reclaim her being. The allegory of Medea burns with betrayal, lost dreams and a desperate love. It is a warning.

    This new staging of Medea rips down the curtains to bare a naked stage, and audiences sit onstage with the actors. Using theatrical languages borrowed from the culture of Singapore’s past, present and future, this staging features original compositions by Benjamin Lim Yi (Teng Ensemble) and movement inspired by Bharatanatyam. It asks, “How does the Singapore actor act for her or his society? Where do theatre and the actor matter in Singapore?” Enacted by Ruby Jayaseelan (choreographer), Chad O’Brien, Farah Ong, and Jo Tan.

    Directed by Tan Shou Chen. Medea is the culmination of Shou Chen’s work under The Substation’s Directors’ Lab. For more information about the Lab and the process, please visit http://www.shouchen.net/directors-lab/

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  3. Kai Er’s project started with meditations on returning home to Singapore after many years abroad, and currently focuses on the theme of Freedom.

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  4. Fish
    By Eng Kai Er
    Friday 5 and Saturday 6 September 2014, 8pm
    LASALLE College of the Arts, Creative Cube
    Admission: $15/$10(concession), Tickets from The Substation Box Office +65 6337 7800 or email boxoffice@substation.org

    Fish is an experimental physical theatre performance that explores notions of freedom.

    Inspired by stories of fish, and taking cues from Asian dance, 70s hippie culture, and postmodern performance, the performance is an exploration in text and movement.

    This original work was devised by a diverse group of artists who will also be performing the piece: Eng Kai Er (dance), Lim Jun Jie Jey (acting), Vincent Chia (acting), and Alvin Koh(singing). Fish was also influenced by physical and dance theatre groups such as DV8 Physical Theatre and Pina Bausch’s Tanzteater.
    This multi-disciplinary, non-linear, experimental performance invites the audience to contemplate ideas of freedom.

    This production is presented by The Substation’s Directors’ Lab.
    To learn more about Kai Er’s preparation for this production : http://substation.org/directorslab/eng-kai-er.php

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  5. This event is part of Substation's Directors' lab programme.

    We are Vincent Chia, Alvin Koh and Eng Kai Er who have backgrounds in physical theatre, singing, and dance, respectively. We have been working collaboratively with 2 goals: 1. to discover ways of working that suit our team best, and 2. to develop the performance itself. Combining our personal experiences, we have co-created a working draft of an original performance, which continually evolves as we improvise along the spine of this draft as well as introduce new elements. We invite you to witness a presentation of one of our drafts, and would be happy to hear your thoughts in a post-show dialogue. The presentation includes a special appearance by guest artist Ng Yulin.

    More pictures here http://www.flickr.com/photos/98162381@N08/sets/72157636781287004/#

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The Directors’ Lab is an 18-month participant-designed research, development, and mentorship programme for emerging local theatre practitioners keen on researching and developing new and/or specific directing methodologies in theatre and the performing…

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The Directors’ Lab is an 18-month participant-designed research, development, and mentorship programme for emerging local theatre practitioners keen on researching and developing new and/or specific directing methodologies in theatre and the performing arts in Singapore and Southeast Asia.


The Directors’ Lab will provide the necessary administrative, logistic and funding support for the research, development, presentations and mentorship of selected proposals for a period of 12-18 months. Proposals are to commence from March 2013 and will be completed by October 2014.

Each participant will be provided a small monthly artist stipend per month for the whole duration of the participant’s research. This stipend is to be used for material and welfare specific to each participant’s research, development, and mentorship processes in consultation with the core committee.

The Directors’ Lab will provide a production budget for each participant to conduct in-process performances, workshops, and artist presentations. The programme will fund up to SGD$10,000.00 for each participant for the final performance and additional funds will be sourced if necessary.

The selected participants of Directors Lab 2013 is
1) Tan Shou Chen http://shouchen.net/directors-lab/
2) Patricia Toh http://conceptuallydisabled.blogspot.sg/
3) Eng Kai Er http://fishcomeshome.tumblr.com/
4) Agnes Christina http://readingcenthini.wordpress.com
5) Tan Liting
6) Timothy Nga http://www.timothynga.com/#directorslab

This is a programme of The Substation in partnership with National Arts Council.
For general questions regarding DIRECTORS’ LAB , please write to Khai at directorslab@substation.org or call us at 63377535 For press related questions, please contact Chelsea at chelsea@substation.org

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