Performance Practice

SELECTED WORKS

As a bilingual performer (also proficient in conversational Hokkien), the spectrum of my works range from musical theatre, to naturalistic plays, to movement-based works, to theatre for young audiences. Below are some of my works over the past 7 years of professional practice as a freelance theatre practitioner.

Ice balls

Ice balls

Red light district

Red light district

Red light district

Red light district

Ice balls

Ice balls

Stained glass

Stained glass

The Theatre Practice presents:

Four Horse Road [2018, 2020] 

CAST // SINGAPORE

See an unlikely friendship blossom through two sides of a prison fence.
Solve the mysterious age-old disappearance of a priceless stained glass window.
Take a chance on tikam wheel and see what tales our Tuckshop owners can spin.
Unmask a spy hidden in plain sight and uncover a shocking conspiracy.

Travel across time and space and inhabit the worlds of Four Horse Road.

This year, we remain true to the Practice spirit of good play, taking a bigger, bolder look at identity and our sense of belonging. Inspired by real historical events that once took place on Waterloo Street, Four Horse Road peels away the layers of one of Singapore’s oldest streets to uncover decades of buried stories and forgotten people. Conceptualised by The Theatre Practice’s Artistic Director Kuo Jian Hong and playwright Jonathan Lim, Four Horse Road is an intimate experience on an epic scale.

2 Centuries. 10 Locations. 3 Heritage Buildings. 50 artists. 1 unique theatrical adventure. This is an awe-inspiring theatrical event you need to be part of.


REVIEWS:

‘Is Four Horse Road one of the most ambitious original theatre projects this year? The answer is a resounding yes. And under Jian Hong’s vision and the teamwork of countless collaborators both onstage and off (there are over 60 people working behind the scenes), Four Horse Road puts the ‘story’ in history, successfully excavating some of the best tales surrounding its eponymous street and breathes life into them, resulting in a magnificent set of performances. High production value from inventive designers, a dream cast of some of the most talented actors, and running smooth as clockwork, Four Horse Road is the epic tale of Singapore you never knew you wanted, and leaves you more curious than ever about the endlessly fascinating history and future of this heritage district.’ – Review by Bakchormeeboy

https://bakchormeeboy.com/2018/04/05/review-%E5%9B%9B%E9%A9%AC%E8%B7%AF-four-horse-road-by-the-theatre-practice/

‘The exquisite weaving of emotional detail within each scene refuses simple interpretation – each is fraught with dilemmas that I may, have, or will relate to at some point myself.

Amidst the shuffling between locations, sitting by the roadside, or on the pews, Four Horse Road is an invitation to look beyond these floorboards and alleyways we assume to be mere rehearsal spaces or rubbish dumps; to acknowledge the lives lived, loved, and lost.’ – Review by Jevon Chandra

Source: http://centre42.sg/four-horse-road-by-the-theatre-practice/

Ensemble

Ensemble

Ensemble

Ensemble

Ensemble (image courtesy of Ric Liu)

Ensemble (image courtesy of Ric Liu)

Straits Times Review

Straits Times Review

Key Art

Key Art

Shanghai Musical Theatre Festival presents: Liao Zhao Rocks! 2019

ENSEMBLE CAST // SHANGHAI

Inspired by Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio, a collection of classic Chinese stories by Qing dynasty writer Pu Songling, Liao Zhai Rocks! tells a supernatural tale of forbidden love through the explosive force and gritty rawness of rock music.

Directed by The Theatre Practice’s Artistic Director Kuo Jian Hong and helmed by Joanna Dong (Sing! China), this epic rock musical redefined the musical theatre genre in Singapore with its unexpected fusion of classic Chinese stories and a blistering score by Mandopop luminaries Eric Ng and Xiaohan.

Liao Zhai Rocks! made its China debut in 2019 as part of the SAIC·Shanghai Culture Square’s Shanghai International Musical Festival.

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/3dAF5QOvqqiWC348HDjRXG?si=yOHxR9VXQAK0JAR4BFmt8w

Review:

'The ensemble shows off tight, sharp movement and teamwork, with strong cohesion with the backstage crew to enable fast costume and adapt to the quick set changes, performing Seong Huixuan’s energetic choreography to the best of their abilities that worked in spite of the gigantic stage. The live music manages to soar and fill the entirety of the theatre, lifting each song, illustrating every scene, and truly feeling like a supernatural period drama gone rock and roll.' 

https://bakchormeeboy.com/2019/04/03/shanghai-nights-liao-zhai-rocks-by-the-theatre-practice-review/

Ensemble

Ensemble

Ensemble

Ensemble

Ensemble

Ensemble

Key Art

Key Art

The Theatre Practice presents: Lao Jiu the Musical [2012, 2017]

ENSEMBLE CAST // SINGAPORE
WINNER AT THE 2013 STRAITS TIMES LIFE! THEATRE AWARDS FOR BEST ENSEMBLE  
NOMINATED AT THE 2018 STRAITS TIMES LIFE! THEATRE AWARDS FOR BEST ENSEMBLE

Based on the late theatre doyen Kuo Pao Kun’s beloved play Lao Jiu, this award-winning musical is one of Practice’s seminal works and stands out as a shining landmark of original Singapore Chinese musical theatre, performing multiple sold-out runs in Singapore.

Directed by The Theatre Practice’s Artistic Director Kuo Jian Hong, Lao Jiu: The Musical is a universally relevant coming-of-age story about choosing between dreams and responsibilities. Deeply moving, this heart-warming musical combines a stirring score composed and written by Mandopop luminaries Eric Ng and Xiaohan, with an exciting range of puppetry techniques including traditional Chinese hand puppetry, object puppetry and shadow puppetry.

Spotifyhttps://open.spotify.com/album/6bdSgSCgPKj2ZU5VGKYVFY?si=ZgEwdyrrSKawbrhv42pVkQ

Blank Run

Blank Run

Blank Run

Blank Run

SHANGHAI ACT FESTIVAL International Contemporary Theatre Festival presents: Blank Run [2016]

SOLO PERFORMER // SHANGHAI

in a strange and isolated room /
she recollects her fragmented past /
her story / ambiguous / her experience / obscured
the room murmurs / a trauma beyond words
late is the night /
when sleep subsides / when nightmare looms
when truth lies in the furthest light /

Blank Run is a harrowing insight into the mind of a woman confronting the traumas of sexual assault. It questions whether one can really ‘move on’ from the aftermath of said trauma. Combining video installation, soundscape, moving sets and physical theatre, Blank Run is a memory landscape that envelopes its audiences in a multisensory experience. It is a theatrical jigsaw puzzle, as each element constructs its own version of “what really happened”.

Do you dare enter her mind?

Reviews:

‘In Blank Run, I saw life and death and the intertwining of these moments. It was very moving!’


‘Blank Run is an immersion into a multimodal, multi-sensory incubation tank, where we enter into the trappings of a mind. The protagonist’s flawless presentation of raw pain as a cognitive puzzle left me both intuitively hooked and cognitively engaged to the very last second.’

‘I liked how there is a tone of playfulness, where it almost seems like the only way the protagonist can understand and digest the idea of sexual assault is to treat it like a puzzle or a game- and its this initial emotional detachment, not quite clinical but just very removed, that makes that emotional contact with the audience at the end even more powerful. The use of lights, shadows and multimedia were very clever and beautiful!’

'John Cage' - Venice Biennale

'John Cage' - Venice Biennale

'John Cage' - Venice Biennale

'John Cage' - Venice Biennale

'John Cage' - Venice Biennale

'John Cage' - Venice Biennale

'John Cage' - Venice Biennale

'John Cage' - Venice Biennale

Venice Biennale presents: 'Open Doors' with Anne Bogart [2016]

VENICE

This was a seven-day masterclass with Anne Bogart that ended with two ‘Open Doors’ showcases for the general public. The performers engaged with the Viewpoints training, while creating compositions with the life of John Cage in mind.

Children of the Black Skirt

Children of the Black Skirt

Ensemble

Ensemble

QUT presents: 'Children of the Black Skirt' with Dr Lynne Bradley 

BRISBANE

This was a collaboration between Queensland University of Technology and Lynne Bradley. Participants were trained in the Suzuki Method of Actor Training, as well as Anne Bogart’s Viewpoints to create the work

Golden Summer

Golden Summer

Golden Summer

Golden Summer

Golden Summer

Golden Summer

Golden Summer

Golden Summer

Dairakudakan presents: Golden Summer [2014, 2015]

DANCER // JAPAN

Dairakudakan Temputenshiki, helmed by Maro Akaji in a highly-acclaimed Butoh dance troupe based in Tokyo, Japan.

Every summer, they hold an outdoor performance in the mountains of Hakuba.