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Xiao Ting is a freelance Singapore-based hyphenated practitioner – performance-maker, movement-based performer, actor, educator, dramaturg and interdisciplinary collaborator. Her works have been shown in: Australia, Japan, Shanghai, Taiwan and the U.K. She is an Associate Artist with The Theatre Practice (Singapore) and Programmer for Practice Tuckshop. Her practice is informed by the intersection of theatre/performance with field research and community collaboration to advocate for social innovation and change. Along with FERRY, she is a recipient of the Experimental Micro-Fellowship 2021 (Performance Space, Sydney). She is also a member of the Asian Performing Arts Camp 2021 (Tokyo Festival).
In terms of her performance practice, her solo work Blank Run was invited to the World Stage Design Taipei, Shanghai ACT Festival and was featured in the M1 Chinese Theatre Festival, along with the support of AWARE Singapore and the Sexual Assault Care Centre (SACC). Some of her performing credits in recent years include: The Bride Always Knocks Twice: Killer Secrets (Singapore Tourism Board & The Theatre Practice), Liao Zhai Rocks! (Shanghai Original Musical Festival 2019), Four Horse Road (The Theatre Practice, 2018, 2020), PIP’s Playbox Storytelling (Esplanade Presents, 2018, 2019), and The Lieder Festival (Sing Song Club, 2016).
Over the past eight years, Xiao Ting has been involved in more than 40 Theatre-for Young-Audiences projects - be it in the role of performer, director, storyteller, dramaturg, curriculum planner or teacher. Her works are often bilingual, narrative-based and participatory. In 2020, she was part of the creative team at The Theatre Practice Education Project that helped transition live shows to digital shows, bringing digital theatre to more than 80 schools across Singapore.
Her practice in Eco-Theatre is multi-platform in nature and ranges from long-term engagements to short-term commissions. As a programmer for Practice Tuckshop, she is engaged in a series of projects that advocates for community life and green practices. One such project is: ‘Recess Time’ – a communal lunch advocating creative approaches to utilising rescued fruits and vegetables. ‘Recess Time’ was recently shortlisted out of over 700 applications to be featured in the 2021 Social Art Award Book (The Institute for Art and Innovation, Berlin). In 2018, Practice Tuckshop was also listed as one of the 'Community Groups that Inspired Us' - a year-end review by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth. More about Xiao Ting’s approach to Eco-Theatre can also be seen here:
Xiao Ting’s diverse practice has resulted in a career that often centers collaborative and/or devising processes. As a dramaturg, she supported the creation of ‘I Came At Last To The Seas’ - an Esplanade commission for Huayi Chinese Festival of Arts 2018. Over 2 years, she documented the process of working with internationally-acclaimed artists from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore to devise a show about the Chinese diaspora in Asia. In 2019, the first iteration of PROJECT Utopia worked with artists from Berlin, Indonesia, Finland and Singapore to collaborate digitally and present a final showcase that was eventually staged in Singapore’s M1 PATCH! Theatre Festival that same year.
Xiao Ting is a recipient of the Singapore National Arts Council Undergraduate Scholarship. She graduated from Lancaster Institute of Contemporary Arts (LICA), Lancaster University, UK, where she received the LICA prize for Outstanding Achievement in Theatre.