The Vault

The Vault safe-keeps Singaporean works dating back to our early theatre years. The platform does not merely document the past but manifests as contemporary responses to these works presented at Centre 42 premises. The Centre invites artists and practitioners to respond critically and personally to canonical Singapore classics, lesser known pieces and rarities, reworks and adaptations, and cross-cultural and cross-genres works.
The following articles provide an overview and documentation of each instalment of The Vault.
Video – The Vault: Leng-Geh-Mng

Video – The Vault: Leng-Geh-Mng

The Vault: Leng-Geh-Mng  龍牙門 was presented in the company of an audience on 16 July 2016. Leng-Geh-Mng (“Dragon’s Tooth Gate”) is a comedy which spoofs the conventions of pugilistic films set in ancient China. This play was written by playwrights Lee Shyh Jih…
Documentation – The Vault: Distilling the Dance

Documentation – The Vault: Distilling the Dance

The Vault: Distilling the Dance was presented from 2-6 July 2016. Distilling the Dance was a multi-format presentation seeking to present dance beyond the frame of performance. Singapore-based independent interdisciplinary artist Kiran Kumar created four configurations of movement, text and image: an essay-performance,…
The Bilingual Policy

The Bilingual Policy

A lot of factors go into the decline of languages in a country, but here are some events in Singapore history that led to the diminished use of Chinese dialects among the Chinese population. When Singapore separated from Malaysia in…
Five Facts About Leng-Geh-Mng

Five Facts About Leng-Geh-Mng

The Vault: Leng-Geh-Mng is a revisit of the first martial arts production in Singapore theatre of the same title by theatre-maker Zelda Tatiana Ng. Under her direction and alongside some of the original cast members, Leng-Geh-Mng is retold in the…
Five Times Drama Box Broke New Ground

Five Times Drama Box Broke New Ground

    Established in 1990 by Kok Heng Leun, the founding artistic director, Drama Box is a theatre company that is best known for staging socially-engaging works in both English and Mandarin. Over the last 26 years, it has collected…
Kiran Kumar

Kiran Kumar

Born in Bangalore and based in Singapore, Kiran Kumar is an artist, researcher and writer who specialises in dance-centric projects. He first graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering in 2006 and began his career as an information technology analyst, but…
“Desire Paths” & Other spell#7 Audio Works

“Desire Paths” & Other spell#7 Audio Works

  Other Audio Works by spell#7 Sky Duet (2008) spell#7 staged an audio performance at the Singapore Flyer the same year the attraction opened. Sky Duet invited participants to plug their headphones into an mp3 player, step into a capsule…
The Vault: Leng-Geh-Mng 龍牙門

The Vault: Leng-Geh-Mng 龍牙門

A performance-presentation revisiting the first martial arts production in Singapore theatre of the same title. Under theatre-maker Zelda Tatiana Ng's direction and alongside some of the original cast members, Leng-Geh-Mng is retold in the format of a radio play refreshed…
A Brief History of spell#7

A Brief History of spell#7

Additional Sources: spell#7 Infopedia entry: http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/infopedia/articles/SIP_2013-06-07_154855.html spell#7’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/spellseven/ The creation process of Family Duet documented in Tan Ngiap Heng and LASALLE’s Work in Process project: http://workinprocess.sg/details.php?vid=12     The Vault: Distilling the Dance is the first of three presentations focusing on…
Video: The Vault: Project Understudy

Video: The Vault: Project Understudy

An 8-part video recording of the Lecture-Performance, first presented in front of a live audience on 22 September 2014. "Nineteen Sixty-Four" is the Centre's inaugural iteration of The Vault programme series.
The Vault: Distilling the Dance

The Vault: Distilling the Dance

A curatorial experiment in presenting dance beyond the frame of performance. Conceived by Kiran Kumar as part of his dance research practice and response to the audio archives of spell #7. This is an investigation of the performer's and audience's…
Collaborative Writing

Collaborative Writing

Collaborative writing can be hugely challenging. Without a strategy, writing a play in a group would just be a matter of whoever has the strongest pair of lungs, as was the case with the seven men who collectively wrote the…
Tan Tarn How – Life Events

Tan Tarn How – Life Events

  ^Back to top   Watch Tan Tarn How and Dr. Robin Loon chat about Tan’s entire playwriting career in the Living Room:   Additional Sources: Tan Tarn How Too – About Tan Tarn How’s works are available for browsing in…
Undercover (1994)

Undercover (1994)

  The Vault: Project Understudy revisits Tan Tarn How’s Undercover and reimagines its sequel set in 2016 through a collaborative writing creation process. Conceived and edited by Dr Robin Loon and organised by NUS Thespis. Presented on 23 May 2016, 8pm…
The Vault: Project Understudy

The Vault: Project Understudy

A process presentation conceived by Dr Robin Loon and organised by NUS Thespis, The Vault: Project Understudy revisits Tan Tarn How's "Undercover" and reimagines its sequel set in 2016 through a collaborative writing creation process. Written by Olivia Vong, Eugene…
Video: The Vault: Big Bird and the Cat

Video: The Vault: Big Bird and the Cat

An 8-part video recording of the Lecture-Performance, first presented in front of a live audience on 22 September 2014. "Nineteen Sixty-Four" is the Centre's inaugural iteration of The Vault programme series.
Video: The Vault: How Did You Meet Tina?

Video: The Vault: How Did You Meet Tina?

A 50min video documentation of the performance-presentation "How Did You Meet Tina?", performed by Nora Samosir, Serene Chen and Tan Shou Chen, conceived and directed by Chong Tze Chien. Presented live on 5 December 2015.
Christina Sergeant – Life Events

Christina Sergeant – Life Events

Additional Sources: A tribute to Christina Sergeant by Joyce Lim. In library@esplande blog (12 Mar 2013). Drama teachers group to hold a memorial for Christina Sergeant by Mayo Martin. In Today (22 Feb 2013). Mime Unlimited [Website]  *Oral history interview by Michele Lim.…