Daniel Teo, who wrote this report on the Singapore focus in TPAM2016, is the Research and Documentation Executive at Centre 42, a non-profit arts organization in Singapore. One of Daniel’s key functions at the Centre is the documentation of Singapore theatre.
Daniel hosted his meeting in the Group Meeting program of TPAM2016, where he introduced various examples of documentation conducted by Centre 42. These include documenting historical material from past productions in the Centre’s digital archive, “The Repository”, documenting the artmaking process through interviews with theatre practitioners, and documenting the Centre’s programs in video recordings. All these forms of documentation are available to the public on the Centre’s website.
Centre 42 is housed in a bright blue pre-war bungalow on Waterloo Street, in the heart of Singapore’s arts and cultural district. On its premises are a Black Box theatre (which seats up to 80 people), a Rehearsal Studio, a Meeting Room, and a Library. Besides documentation, the Centre also runs a variety of programs which promote Singapore’s dramatic literature to the public. It also runs programs which support the development of new works.
Singapore artist Loo Zihan was in-residence at Centre 42 developing his multimedia installation “With/Out” in 2014. He was also interviewed for the Asian Artist Interview during his time at Centre 42.
In April 2016, Centre 42, in collaboration with Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, presented the inaugural symposium of the Asian Dramaturgs’ Network (ADN). ADN is a new collective formed with the intent of uniting the region’s dramaturgical expertise and knowledge. The inaugural symposium was well attended by dramaturgs, academics, arts practitioners, and interested members of the public. Documentation of the 2016 symposium activities is available on the ADN website.
The next ADN symposium will take place at TPAM 2017, to further discussions started in 2016. If you are interested in dramaturgy, please do join the 2017 symposium, co-hosted by Centre 42 and TPAM.