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The Esplanade’s Waterfront Theatre to officially open in June 2022

Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay’s newest venue, Singtel Waterfront Theatre gets a roof over its main building and is set to receive its Temporary Occupation Permit end of this year. Officially opening in Jun 2022, this new medium-sized multi-format venue will play host to many more new works that express the stories, creativity and artistic talent of Singapore and the region.

Said Ms Yvonne Tham, CEO, The Esplanade Co Ltd:“We’re very thankful that our construction team overcame the many challenges and disruptions during the pandemic to continue their work. It speaks of the resilience and dedication of the consultants and every single worker that we finally see this new waterfront theatre take shape!”

“A theatre is more than a building, and so with artists in Singapore and the region, we have also been developing new works commissioned for the opening festival of the theatre in June next year. Before that, we will be inviting various communities of supporters, audiences and artists in Singapore to help us fine-tune this new space through a series of performances during the trial & orientation programme in early 2022. We look forward to welcoming everyone!”

– Yvonne Tham, CEO, The Esplanade Co Ltd

The theatre’s opening will be marked by an opening festival, where a host of performances, talks and other activities by Singapore and regional artists have been programmed. These programmes showcase the possibilities for collaborative exchanges between artists in the region. Some of the new works commissioned for the festival include:

Kingdoms (working title): Fresh from helming The Finger Players’ OIWA – The Ghost of Yotsuya, Chong Tze Chien will once again be writing and directing this new work. Kingdoms is set to be a contemporary reimagining of The Mahabharata, a seminal text in world literature and a rich lived tradition important to many cultures and ethnicities in Asia. Chong will work alongside dramaturg Rustom Bharucha, a renowned Indian writer in the field of interculturalism and performance studies, for this multilingual production that features a multi-ethnic ensemble cast.

Rata: Having last collaborated on _T0701_, Singapore sound designer and music producer Safuan Johari, musician and theatremaker Rizman Putra, visual artist Brandon Tay, and lighting designer Andy Lim are back together to create this new audio-visual experiential work that brings adventurous audiences into the theatre.

River: Indonesia’s beloved Papermoon Puppet Theatre conceptualises this non-verbal puppetry performance for audiences of all ages, exploring current issues of environmental damage and climate change that affect the livelihoods and culture surrounding the river ecosystem. The work will feature Singapore creatives and performers.

The Trial & Orientation programme of the Singtel Waterfront Theatre will feature a variety of performances by a wide spectrum of Singapore artists and arts groups. The performances will make use of the different staging configurations such as end-on proscenium theatre, theatre in-the-round, traverse stage and flat floor performance space to test the technical and operational capabilities of the new venue, as well as other services and facilities provided. Come and watch a free performance and then tell us what you think of the venue! Feedback received from the public will help the arts centre better serve the diverse communities when the theatre officially opens in Jun 2022. Details on the programme and registration will be released at the end of the year.

For more information about the Waterfront Theatre, visit the Esplanade’s website here

The Esplanade welcomes arts lovers, philanthropists and companies to make a lasting contribution to the arts through its Gift a Seat and Adopt a Space initiatives for the Singtel Waterfront Theatre. For more information, email donations@esplanade.com.

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