Presented by M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2015
(Fringe Highlight | Fringe Commission | World Premiere)
14-18 January 2015, 8pm
Black Box and Rehearsal Studio, Centre 42
In May 1999, The Necessary Stage worked with Paddy Chew to stage a monologue titled Completely With/Out Character at the Drama Centre on Fort Canning Hill. The docu-theatre piece records his experience as the first person in Singapore to come out publicly with his HIV-positive status. Unfortunately, Paddy passed on in August 1999, a few months after the production’s conclusion.
Today, AIDS is no longer perceived as a terminal disease; HIV-positive individuals can lead a relatively normal and healthy life with the aid of advances in medication. In part, this is due to the roads paved by individuals and researchers who came before us, individuals like Paddy, who defied convention and conservatism to tell his story at a time when there was still much ignorance and prejudice surrounding AIDS.
With/Out is a faithful interpretation of Paddy’s monologue. Through the use of multimedia, video documentation and other archival material, Loo Zihan will re-construct the production as an extension of his research into performance re-enactments, the mediation of a ‘live’ presence via the use of technology, and the re-visioning of queer histories in Singapore.
Loo Zihan is a performance and moving-image artist and educator based in Singapore interested in investigating the tension between the flesh of the body with the bone of the archive.
WITH/OUT was developed in residence at Centre 42’s Basement Workshop.
Follow the creation process.
For the second half of November 2014, the performance and moving-image artist and educator Loo Zihan will be in residence at Centre 42 to develop With/Out, which is commissioned by the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2015. At the end of this first phase development, Zihan will be presenting a work-in-progress preview to a select group of audience. Zihan will then resume his work at the Centre in January 2015, before the premiere of With/Out at the Festival from 14-18 January 2015 at the Centre’s Black Box and Rehearsal Studio.
View this series of video interviews with Zihan during the development phase in the Basement Workshop.
Interview 1 – Documenting Paddy. Zihan shares the challenges he faced when embarking on his research for this project. As well as the interesting discoveries made while pulling together video documentation, the written and spoken/performed text, and the media coverage of “Completely Without Character”.
Interview 2 – Remembering Paddy. Zihan discusses the authenticity of remembering. How close can memories ever be to the original event?
Interview 3 – Reconstructing Paddy. Zihan explains the setup for “With/Out” at Centre 42. What can audiences expect to experience when they step into this multi-channel installation?
Follow Zihan’s research, documentation and rehearsal progress via With/Out‘s dedicated Facebook Page, which aims to be “a public archive for research on Paddy Chew’s ‘Completely With/Out Character’ (May 1999) leading up to Loo Zihan’s re-staging titled ‘With/Out’ (Jan 2015).”