A brand new company has emerged from Nur Khairiyah Ramli (Hatch Theatrics, Singapore) and Faezah Zulkifli (Blaupunkt, London), both currently pursuing their MAs at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London. Named FK Co-Lab, the London-based Singapore company aims to present the immediate sociopolitical landscape through the lens of the personal, developing original performances and using practice as research to maintain and evolve ongoing dialogues between contemporary performance practices and issues today.
For their very first production, they’re curating an interactive installation right here in Singapore. Held at Centre 42 over 2 weekends in May, the Dear Cardboard Kitchen Project will focus on the history of performance documentation and an open call for personal stories related to space and memory. As part of the company’s international research and development efforts for a cross-cultural play set to be staged this August in London (also titled The Cardboard Kitchen Project), the play will be based on cultural inheritance and the relationship between memory and space, featuring a collapsible cardboard kitchen set as a metaphor for the impermanence of space as a repository for personal and cultural memory.
With this installation, FK Co-Lab unpacks the play’s key questions on how we archive and the limits of archiving by taking you through the history of performance documentation, as well as the play’s own archive as it currently exists, just shy of a few months before its premiere. Encouraging audiences to think about memories one attaches to spaces and what happens when spaces change, visitors to this installation are then invited to creatively document one’s own spaces as a contribution to the play’s performative history and documentation.