• ★★★☆☆ Review: RevoLOOtion by Intercultural Theatre Institute

    05 May 2021

    Doom is inevitable, but perhaps we can learn how to make things less crappy.

    When you think of a theatre course’s graduating show, forum theatre isn’t the first medium you might think of. But as far as showcases go, it’s a medium that provides a surprisingly large number of ways by which to challenge graduates, from quick-witted improv skills to the ability to immediately embody a character when replaying a scene.

    - Bakchormeeboy 

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  • [Review] RevoLOOtion - Walk alone so it’s faster, or walk together so we can go further?

    02 May 2021

    Directed by Li Xie, Intercultural Theatre Institute presents RevoLOOtion, an original production-cum-workshop that tackles questions of oppression, protest and community.

    Coming across RevoLOOtion for the first time, you may ask yourself if this play is about a toilet. And, well, you wouldn’t be wrong. The central premise of ITI’s newest production does indeed revolve around a loo — one village’s only loo, which is under threat of being torn down by the government and on the verge of triggering a revolootion.

    - Yaiza Canopoli 

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  • [Theatre Review] RevoLOOtion – Resolutely Seeking Alternatives

    30 Apr 2021

    To most of us, we hardly give a second thought about lavatories because we expect them to be there. But the run on loo rolls in 2020 compels us to pause for thought. 

    Perhaps this makes the urban Singaporean audiences amenable to RevoLOOtion, a showcase by the graduating cohort of the Intercultural Theatre Institute (ITI).

    - Isaac Tan 

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  • Navarasa Sadhana: Chiseling a Complete Actor

    26 Apr 2021

    Kutiyattam scholar G. Venu’s Navarasa Sadhana, a unique actor training methodology, that moulded numerous actors,  completes fifty workshops. 

    Many years ago, Tirunalan Sasitharan, the celebrated theatre educator and co-founder of Singapore’s Intercultural Theatre Institute (ITI) happened to watch G. Venu,  the Kutiyattam scholar and performer, train a group of students at Natana Kairali, Irinjalakuda. He was awe-struck. It was Sasitharan’s first exposure to the ancient theatre form of Kutiyattam. He was fascinated by the force of the emotions which were being conveyed by the actors. He asked Venu if there was some way in which the contemporary actor could be enabled to convey the emotions in the same way. 

    - India Art Review 

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  • [Interview] A Chat with Li Xie, director of RevoLOOtion

    26 Apr 2021

    When I first found out about the premise of RevoLOOtion, a production presented by the graduating cohort of the Intercultural Theatre Institute (ITI), I was most intrigued by there being a workshop element which will explicitly require audience participation.

    With safe distancing measures still in place, the premise seems to be intentionally going against the current. Could there be a radical re-conception of what constitutes as audience participation?

    Following my interview with the cast of RevoLOOtion, I contacted the director, Li Xie, to find out more about her inspiration and process.

    - Isaac Tan 

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  • Preview: RevoLOOtion by Intercultural Theatre Institute

    23 Apr 2021

    This April, the newest graduating cohort of the Intercultural Theatre Institute (ITI) will perform their new devised work, RevoLOOtion, at Goodman Arts Centre Black Box.

    Directed by veteran theatre practitioner Li Xie, RevoLOOtion is an original production that takes an unvarnished look at the internal conflict and oppression that exists beneath the veneer of a community.

    - Bakchormeeboy 

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  • [Interview] Looking at Oppression with RevoLOOtion

    23 Apr 2021

    Next week, the graduating cohort of the Intercultural Theatre Institute (ITI) will present RevoLOOtion, a performance-workshop that looks at oppression. I spoke to the students involved in the production to find out more about the show.

    - Isaac Tan 

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  • Hybridised spectatorship: “FIVE” by Intercultural Theatre Institute

    30 Dec 2020

    'FIVE by Intercultural Theatre Institute (ITI) ran between 12 – 14 November 2020 at both the Esplanade Theatre Studio (onsite) and Zoom (online). Presented in collaboration with Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, FIVE was directed by Kok Heng Leun and devised with ITI’s 2020 graduating cohort.

    The following Gee Dock Convo took place between Ang Kia Yee (kyatos) and Ke Weiliang (kewl). Kia Yee attended the Saturday, 14 November 2020 (8PM) show at the Esplanade Theatre Studio, whereas Weiliang attended the Friday, 13 November 2020 (8PM) show on Zoom.'

    - Gee Dock Convos 

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  • [Interview] Breaking out of the box: Yeo Yann Yann is ready for her next challenge

    23 Dec 2020

    'Yeo is no stranger to acting as athleticism, the kind of practice that requires you to be in peak physical condition. Studying at the Intercultural Theatre Institute in Singapore instilled in her a kind of rigour. “I remember waking up at seven; we go for Tai Chi class, we do Peking opera, Bharatnatyam,” she recalls. “We sit in for acting class and other lessons of all the other traditional art forms. And then we have our lectures to attend. Our day ends at 7pm, and then we still have practices in the evening.”'

    - NME 

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  • Review: FIVE by Intercultural Theatre Institute

    15 Nov 2020

    'The COVID-19 pandemic has brought on a myriad of problems and effects, something that’s likely to be felt just as strongly, if not more so, than the five graduating members of the Intercultural Theatre Institute’s (ITI) latest batch of graduating students. Not only did they have to cancel their mid-year performance; as foreign students away from their immediate family, and locked down in isolation, their mental health certainly took a toll over the last few months, leaving them worse for the wear during the initial stages of the circuit breaker.

    However, with the lifting of live performance restrictions, graduating students Kyongsu Kathy Han, Li-chuan Lin (a.k.a. Aki), Prajith K Prasad, Ramith Ramesh, and Rhian Hiew Khai Chin have been given a chance to redeem themselves and make good with their graduating show. Directed by Kok Heng Leun, FIVE is a devised, hybrid live/Zoom work that takes inspiration from each student’s deeply personal works developed during the pandemic, as well as Virginia Woolf’s short story The Mark on the Wall, serving as a culmination of the mental hell they’ve gone through in isolated living.'

    - Bak Chor Mee Boy

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