In the theatre. On the stage.
He speaks not a word.
She moves not a finger.
The performer vocalizes her thoughts. She questions / whispers / blabbers / murmurs / shouts / moans / complains / lectures / commands / enlightens… in the absence of plot, character and dialogue.
Is this drama? What is drama? What is performance? What is a performer? What is an audience? What is theatre? Finally, what is art?
The Theatre Practice’s Lab Director Liu Xiaoyi will offers a philosophical meditation on what “theatre” entails. In Fluid, he challenges three aspects of theatre: the notion of performance, theatrical space and audience experience. In his words, the performance attempts to examine “theatre”, in the theatre and experiment “stage”, on the stage. Here at the Chinese Theatre Festival, this bold piece of meta-theatre makes its mark on the local Chinese-language theatre scene!
Date: 3 – 12 July 2014
Venue: Flexible Performance Space @ LASALLE College of the Arts
Festival: M1 Chinese Theatre Festival
Director and Playwright: Liu Xiaoyi
Lighting Designer: Gabriel Chan
Sound Artist and Music Composer: Darren Ng
Multimedia Artists: Ivan Lee, Ong Kian Peng
Cast: Li Xie, Lim Chin Huat
“There is a charming unaffectedness to this Chinese-language production that lulls one into believing it will adhere to a structure, only to gently and humorously interrupt these expectations time and time again… [Fluid] is gentle with its questions, leaving little ripples to expand outward, in an attempt to go beyond itself and welcome others into the fold.”
— Corrie Tan,The Straits Times,10 July 2014