Do you remember when you first felt loss? It could have been as trivial as losing a pen, or heavier like the quiet death of a pet rabbit. It could have been a temporary loss, like the weeks your father travelled out of town for work. It could also be your first heartbreak, when your teenage heart cannot fathom the pains of a break-up. Loss is an inevitable part of life – it is our past and our future, it is in our memories and in our dreams.
How Loneliness Goes by Nguan (Singapore)
“We have all lost stuff. So let’s come together to laugh. blush, cry, and cringe about it. Let’s retrace, regret and recreate,” said Sean Tobin, the Artistic Director of 2014’s M1 Singapore Fringe Festival. This year, the Festival puts together a collection of work curated around the theme of Art and Loss. Take it as a form of remembrance, or use it as a catalyst to rekindle life.
The Duchamp Syndrome by Por Piedad Teatro
The Festival will open on 14 January 2014 with three world premieres: With/Out by Loo Zihan (Singapore), which is a reconstruction and reimagining of Completely With/Out Character by The Necessary Stage (previously staged in 1999 with the late Paddy Chew, the first person in Singapore to come out publicly about being HIV-positive), The Duchamp Syndrome by Por Piedad Teatro | El Trapo Teatro | The Play Company (Mexico and USA), which explores an immigrant’s version of the American Dream, and How Loneliness Goes by Nguan (Singapore), an exhibition showcasing the “modern isolation” in Singapore.
Fade… by Tan Ngiap Heng (Singapore)
Other events you can look forward to are Terra Incognita by Pat Toh (Singapore), an installation performance inspired by lines, roads, and routes, and White Rabbit, Red Rabit by Nassint Soleimanour (Iran), which gives you four unique and interactive performance featuring four different Singaporean actors who will read the script for the first time live on stage, and Fade… by Tan Ngiap Heng (Singapore), an installation of a thousand personal and intimate iPhone images.
White Rabbit, Red Rabit by Nassint Soleimanour (Iran)
The Festival runs from 14 – 25 January 2014, and will be held at Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay. For more listings and information, visit their website. Buy your tickets (SGD22 Standard and SGD19 Students, NSFs, and Senior Citizens) at SISTIC.