Monday, May 07, 2012

THE LAN FANG CHRONICLES, 18 May to 2 Jun

I'm one of the collaborators for a multimedia-installation-performance arty-interactive theatre experience called THE LAN FANG CHRONICLES!

It's being performed as part of the Singapore Arts Festival. Please come!


Director: Choy Ka Fai
Date: Fri 18 May-Sun 2 Jun, 7pm (3:30pm matinees on selected dates)
Venue: Ying Foh Kuan (Shuang Long Shan) 9 Commonwealth Lane, Singapore 149551
Tickets: $25 from Sistic


The Lan Fang Republic was the first democratic state in Southeast Asia. It began as an independent settlement of Hakka Chinese gold miners in Western Borneo, and it lasted from 1777 until 1884. It bears more than a few similarities to another struggling republic that we're familiar with.

This performance, taking place on the grounds of a Hakka Clan Association, uses both historical fact and fiction to bring this forgotten civilisation to life.

It's arisen out of a project by acclaimed multimedia artist and theatre director Choy Ka Fai, a marvellous fellow with whom I've collaborated on the theatre projects V.I.S.T.A Lab and Reservoir. An early version of this was previously presented as an installation/project at the Singapore Art Museum.

There are loads of cool collaborators in this - playwrights Zizi Azah and Robin, actors Pat Toh, Najib Soiman, Rizman Putra, Yak Aik-Wee, Bright Ong, Serene Chen and Nora Samosir. (They're not all on stage on the same nights, so you may want to come multiple nights!)
Here's a Vimeo preview, and more info from Ka Fai's website.

Come come come come!
P.S. We're also doing a talk at Library@Esplanade, this Saturday 2-3:30pm!

1 comment:

Drama-mama-Rama said...

Dear Yi-Sheng,

Sorry I missed out on your comment on my blog. I was away to China for work. I would love to come by and enjoy The Lan Fang Chronicles. I read about it the papers over the weekend and was like .. wow what a concept. The only problem is I can only make it this Friday and considering that it is the second last day, by the time I put up my review, you will not be attracting any tix sales. (if this is your purpose). Again I sincerely apologise not responding earlier and would understand if you retract your earlier offer. I hope that you will continue to read my blog and let me know how I can help you. Thanks.