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« on: January 12, 2009, 11:33:52 PM » by alvintck
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S'pore Fringe Fest tackles the issues of art and family in perfromances
Posted: 05 January 2009 1638 hrs

SINGAPORE : It's touched on Art and War, Art and Disability, Art and History, and this year, the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival throws the spotlight on the theme of Art and Family, a very basic concept but 'very topical and poignant at this moment in time', said Haresh Sharma, award-winning playwright and co-artistic director of the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival.

The 11-day long festival of theatre, dance, music, visual arts which features 21 works from 12 countries, aims to bring the best of contemporary, cutting-edge and socially-engaged works to the Singapore audience.

But if you think 'family' is just limited to biological and blood relationships, you're wrong.

"We want to open up the concept of family so we were looking for things that had tangential meaning to it or interpretation to family and not just your biological, family by blood relationships," said co-artistic director of the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival, Alvin Tan.

"There are some shows that are a bit more politicised, some shows that are very personal and familial and we have a whole gamut of events," added Haresh.

There's a travelling exhibition "Museum for Broken Relationships", a community of people who want to share their past or memories of broken relationships; a dance by American dance company RAWdance titled "Fallout" which exposes the dissolution of the nuclear family as it struggles within todayís tense political climate; and even a dance on adoption called "No Strings Attached".

The interpretations by artists and performers have been ìrefreshingî and Hareshís play which opens the festival on January 7, is no exception.

The playwright revealed that they challenged themselves "to do something outside of our comfort zones and the result, "Frozen Angels", a thought-provoking performance about the impact of science - artificial intelligence, cloning, stem cells - on human life and relationships.

"The product is a work that is very exciting for us to work on because we are very arts and literature people but we're dealing with very "science-yí" topics. But at the same time we are also humanistic and so the stories are very personal..." explained Haresh.

"Frozen Angels" runs from January 7-10 at the National Museum Gallery Theatre. Tickets are from SISTIC. More details on the M1 Singapore Fringe Festivalís other performances are available at www.singaporefringe.com.


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Organisers of the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival Haresh Sharma and Alvin Tan.
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