2019

yesterday it rained salt...

Creative Director & Perfomer

Annexe Theatre, Esplanade Theatres by the Bay

Photo credits: Mark Benedict Cheong

Brochure of Performance

Goodbyes are rarely good. And memories can be tricky things.

 

Azman returns to his island home only to be greeted by new sights and vanishing landmarks. Nothing seems familiar, until it starts to rain.

Written by Nabilah Said and choreographed by Norhaizad Adam, yesterday it rained salt combines text, dance and performance to explore the violence of departure and return, the comfort one can find in memory and rituals, and the relationships that men have.

An early iteration of yesterday it rained salt was presented at Bunker Theatre in London, United Kingdom, in October 2017.

RELATION TO THEME OF FRINGE

Water is a source of life and death, as well as the in-between. It is a site of spirituality, of connection and disconnection. The men in Azman’s family were once fishermen who lived by the tides of the ocean. It is this same sea that Azman crosses to leave his home. But it also brings him back, as per the Malay proverb, “Air dicincang tiada putus”, or “Chopped water is never broken”. What this infers is what while many things may change a person or a place, some bonds remain unshakeable.

Video Trailer

“Once upon a time, there were three children…”

Three Children gamboled onto stage in 1988 in a landmark Malaysia-Singapore collaboration helmed by Ong Keng Sen, artistic director of Singapore’s TheatreWorks, and Krishen Jit, co-founder of Malaysia’s Five Arts Centre. Written by Malaysian playwright Leow Puay Tin, the production astonished audiences on both sides of the Causeway, with critics calling it “inspired” and “a dramatic masterpiece”.
 

Over three decades later, two arts centres – Five Arts Centre in Kuala Lumpur and Centre 42 in Singapore – come together to present Are You Game, Sau(dara)?, an exciting double-bill of new works inspired by Leow Puay Tin’s original play. Malaysian theatre practitioner Fasyali Fadzli has fun with childhood games in an audience interactive work called Are You Game?. In Sau(dara), Singapore-based theatre group Bhumi Collective explore themes of childhood, memories and relationships in a performance that combines text, dance and music


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Are You Game, (Sau)dara?

Creative Director of (Sau)dara
Presented as Double Bill, Commissioned by Centre 42 (SG) & Five Arts Centre (M'sia)

Are You Game, (Sau)dara?

Creative Director of (Sau)dara
Presented as Double Bill, Commissioned by Centre 42 (SG) & Five Arts Centre (M'sia)

“Once upon a time, there were three children…”

Three Children gamboled onto stage in 1988 in a landmark Malaysia-Singapore collaboration helmed by Ong Keng Sen, artistic director of Singapore’s TheatreWorks, and Krishen Jit, co-founder of Malaysia’s Five Arts Centre. Written by Malaysian playwright Leow Puay Tin, the production astonished audiences on both sides of the Causeway, with critics calling it “inspired” and “a dramatic masterpiece”.

Over three decades later, two arts centres – Five Arts Centre in Kuala Lumpur and Centre 42 in Singapore – come together to present Are You Game, Sau(dara)?, an exciting double-bill of new works inspired by Leow Puay Tin’s original play. Malaysian theatre practitioner Fasyali Fadzli has fun with childhood games in an audience interactive work called Are You Game?. In Sau(dara), Singapore-based theatre group Bhumi Collective explore themes of childhood, memories and relationships in a performance that combines text, dance and music


Are You Game?
By Fasyali Fadzli (Malaysia)
Performed by Ali Alasri, Darynn Wee, Hannan Barakbah

 

An interactive performance inspired by the tabletop role-playing game format, Are You Game? invites audiences to participate in a game with the performers solving riddles and challenges. Together, they will go on a journey through the stories of the people of Melaka, inspired by the characters and locations in Three Children.

 

Sau(dara)
By Bhumi Collective (Singapore)
Directed by Soultari Amin Farid
Performed by Lyn Hanis, Suryana Norddin, Nurul Farahani, Syafiqah ‘Adha Sallehin

Four women discover that even in their twenties, growing up female and Malay in Singapore means that you’ll never truly be a grown up. To navigate the winds of change, they replay the games they used to play and songs they used to sing. Four friends relive stories of themselves and others like them. Of growing up and growing older, of growing apart and growing (none-the-) wiser, Sau(dara) is a tempestuous retrospective of womanhood. A work-in-progress version of this work was first presented under Centre 42’s The Vault programme in 2018.