M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2014 to explore people’s relationship with art
- POSTED: 02 Oct 2013 13:57
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The M1 Singapore Fringe Festival will return with a lineup designed to explore people’s relationship with art in 2014, along with a massive cut in ticket prices.
SINGAPORE: The M1 Singapore Fringe Festival will return with a lineup designed to explore people’s relationship in 2014.
The 10th edition of the festival, which runs from January 8-19 next year, will feature a total of 15 works from six countries.
Among the highlights are “An Enemy of the People”, Nine Years Theatre’s adaption of Henrik Ibsen's play which explores notions of community and democracy.
Nine Years Theatre’s “An Enemy of the People” will be the first Mandarin production ever presented at the festival.
Another is “Three Fingers Below the Knee” by Portugal theatre company Mundo Perfeito, a play created by piecing together theatre texts censored during a dictatorship that ruled Portugal for 48 years, along with “Majulah Singapura – Tree Project” by Japanese artist Hiroshi Sunairi.
Sunairi’s exhibition will feature seedlings grown with the help of volunteers, from seeds obtained from trees that survived the atomic bomb in Hiroshima, along with photographs about Tree Projects in other parts of the world.
Perhaps the most interesting work featured at the festival is “Take Me or Leave Me!” by seniors from The Necessary Stage’s Theatre for Seniors, the first ever forum theatre work presented by seniors in Singapore.
Its forum theatre format will allow audiences to interact with the cast to co-author the work, as they grapple with issues like the trend of seniors seeking divorces in their old age, and why some seniors are abandoned.
Other works include Singapore artist Alecia Neo’s multimedia installation piece “Unseen”, which presents the stories of the visually impaired, as well as Tan Wei Keong’s “Foundin”.
“Foundin” is a project where tiny plastic figures are left in public spaces to be found by passers-by, who can then choose to engage online with the people these figurines are modeled after.
Lower prices next year
One of the most notable changes to this year’s M1 Singapore Fringe Festival is the slashing of its ticket prices from an average of about S$30 in previous years to a flat S$19 for all performances this year, excluding ticketing fees, to mark its 10th anniversary.
“Instead of doing a big bang production or a coffee table book, we thought we’d do something very simple and make the tickets very cheap,” said festival co-artistic director Haresh Sharma.
“Now, all the ticket prices are going so high.
“I think it’s more meaningful for Singaporeans, because there are people that might be hard pressed like students and senior citizens,” said festival co-artistic director Alvin Tan.
Tan believed that the reduced ticket prices will also encourage people to “have a taste of unconventional works” and perhaps bring a friend.
When asked about the future of the festival, which has presented a total of 241 works to date, Sharma said the organisers intend to grow the festival, though not in the conventional sense.
“Every year, we try to find works that resonate with people. We don’t need to become a big festival, but a deep festival,” said Sharma.
He pointed out that the team is still figuring out the best way forward for the festival, but said nurturing local talent will remain a “strong feature” of the festival.