The Vault: #3.1 In/Visibility

The Vault: #3 three

Three theatre designers
Three unique responses
Three installations
One play-text

The first of the series, #3.1 In/Visibility is a light performance-presentation. Stripped of actors and spoken words, lighting designer Lim Woan Wen seeks to express the play in relation to the space of the Centre 42 Black Box based on the structure, circumstances, characters, emotions and themes of the script.

Invisibility, written by Quah Sy Ren, has been described as “a poignant tale about alienation and the search for meaning in modern urban society”. As a term, the word Invisibility alludes to the absence of bodies on stage; as a subject, it relates to the nature of a theatre designer’s work in a conventional production.

In this series of three installations, the focus is brought to a theatre designer’s response to text. In the absence of a prescribed directorial vision, design collective INDEX connects directly with the play, interprets its narrative and re-imagines it using their specialized language of design. #3.2 by sound artist Darren Ng and #3.3 by spatial designer Lim Wei Ling will be presented in July and September 2015 respectively.

Event Details:
22 & 23 May 2015
7.30pm, 8.30pm, 9.30pm (30min, no intermission)
Centre 42 Black Box
Limited capacity for each show | Admission is free. Register to secure entry.

About the Text and the Playwright:

“Invisibility” was written by Quah Sy Ren and was first staged (in Mandarin) by The Necessary Stage in 1996. The mandarin play was translated into English by Sim Pern Yiau. A browsing copy of the published play is available in Centre 42’s Book Den. View it here.

Playwright Quah Sy Ren is an associate professor in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Chinese division at Nanyang Technical University. His main research interests are in Chinese Literature and the history of Singapore Theatre. Quah also sits on the board of directors for Practice Performing Arts Centre and The Finger Players. In addition to Invisibility (1996), Quah has also authored other plays as well as written and edited several books.

About the Artists:

INDEX is a design collective winged under The Finger Players, comprising of spatial designer Lim Wei Ling, lighting designer Lim Woan Wen and sound artist/music composer Darren Ng. Finding common grounds in quiet aesthetics and subtractive work ethos, the collective focuses on design-centric installations and performances, using space, light and sound to weave meanings and narratives. While the three designers have been working together for a substantial number of years, the collective was kick-started in May 2013 with the performance installation IN:dex, presented under The Studio’s R.A.W series at the Esplanade Theatre Studio.

As a collective that focuses on design-centric installations and performances, INDEX is primarily interested in exploring the possibilities and potential of creating narratives using the elements of space, light and sound. In their third collaboration The Vault: #3 three, the three artists seek to experiment and further expand their vocabulary through developing a series of three entirely separate showcases based on one chosen script.

Find out more about INDEX and follow their development process of The Vault: #3 three here.

Read about their reflections on the process after the all three instalments were completed.

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Missed it? Watch it here.

Click to view the full-length documentation video aimed at capturing the entirety of the 30-minute performance.

VA3.1Alternatively, view snapshots of the behind-the-scenes and actual event happenings here.




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The Vault: #3 three revisits Invisibility, refreshes and retells the stories in them through the eyes of theatre design collective INDEX. #3.1 In/Visibility by lighting designer Lim Woan Wen is the first of three installations.

Find out more about The Vault programme here.