New experimental theatre company Emergency Stairs is ending off the year with a bang, having organized the massive, ambitious Southernmost festival, an all new experimental theatre festival that unites the best traditional and contemporary theatre artists from around the region.
Southernmost: One Table Two Chairs Project takes its name from the staging convention for traditional Chinese Opera, where the stage is positioned in the South, facing the North where the audience sits. Over the two weeks, participants in the festival will engage in intensive workshops and intercultural exchange, learning from each other and further developing their own craft. Highlights of the festival include the presence of practitioners such as Javanese dance master Didik Nini Thowok, Kunqu opera master Wang Bin, Cambodian classical dancer Nget Rady, experimental theatre masters Danny Yung and Makoto Sato from Hong Kong and Japan respectively, as well as Singaporean Young Artist Award recipient cum Artistic Director Liu Xiaoyi.
Ultimately, these workshops and learning experiences will culminate in the participants coming up with a final triple bill performance open to the public, taking place on 22nd and 23rd Dec at the Arts House. This triple bill will be directed by Liu Xiaoyi, Makoto Sato and Danny Yung, and performed by Didik Nini Thowok, Wang Bin and Sun Jing. Whether as a participant or an audience member, this inaugural edition of the festival heralds a rare opportunity to meet and hear from some of the very best artists in Asia, pushing the boundaries of art further than ever before. You’ll definitely want to check out the potentially mindblowing performances these guys come up with, deconstructing and reconstructing audiences’ very idea of theatre itself.
The final triple bill of the Southernmost: 1 Table 2 Chairs Project plays at the Arts House Blue Room from 22nd to 23rd December. Tickets available from Peatix
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