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Teater Ekamatra leaves Aliwal Arts Centre

After almost a decade of calling Aliwal Arts Centre home, Teater Ekamatra will move out on 28th February 2022. Marking this moment, the company is showcasing a special multimedia installation by local artist Safuan Johari, Packing/Unpacking, as a nod to the company’s history and legacy in Singapore, on show from now till Sunday, 6th February.

Teater Ekamatra’s plans for the future are an acknowledgement of the realities of today’s world, and will enable it to better reach out to and serve its communities. Over the years, the company has been fearless and agile in embracing change and innovation to adapt to the times – from the staging of bold, experimental works that artfully challenge norms and convention, productive use of physical premises showcasing the depth and breath of Singapore’s ethnic communities, and successful leadership renewals ensuring continued strategic viability and infusion of new ideas. The lessons of the pandemic in the last two years have further reinforced the company’s focus of providing space for ethnic minority voices.

Supporting artists of diverse ethnicities continues to be the key focus for 2022. Plans this year include introducing an actors’ development programme with celebrated theatremaker Ebi Shankara; supporting the Malay and Tamil directors’ development platform Tunjuk Arah / Iyakkunar alongside Fezhah Maznan and Centre 42; staging new productions such as Make Hantus Great Again by writer Suffian Hakim; as well as continuing its efforts in developing the next generation of theatremakers with its youth and playwright’s development programmes.

Shaza Ishak, Teater Ekamatra’s Managing Director, says: “Teater Ekamatra is committed to expanding the space for minority voices – to contribute to the ideation, creation, and celebration of new possibilities that will move society forward. While we are sad to bid goodbye to a space that has helped nurture our creative spirit over the past 9-plus years, we also see this as the opportunity to reshape our thinking and vision for a post-pandemic world, giving us the freedom to explore new concepts that we hope will set the benchmark for local theatre in time to come.”

Aptly paying tribute to Teater Ekamatra’s history, Packing/Unpacking by the company’s artist-in-residence Safuan Johari combines music composition and visual design to reference the company’s decades-long past, while leaving generative possibilities for its future. This showcase runs till 6 February only, after which the premises will be closed to the public.

Teater Ekamatra has been based in Aliwal Arts Centre since 2012. Its premises is at 28 Aliwal Street, Aliwal Arts Centre, #02-10, Singapore 199918. In the coming weeks, the company will announce news about AMBOI, its annual campaign to raise public funds for its programming.

Safuan Johari’s Packing/Unpacking installation is on show until Sunday 6th February 2022 at 28 Aliwal Street, Aliwal Arts Centre, #02-10, Singapore 199918. More information about the company available on their website

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