SIFA is proud to open its 2017 edition with Art Studio, a Singapore-Mandarin theatre commission performed with English surtitles. Set against the backdrop of Singapore's changing landscape from the 1960s to the new millennium, Art Studio begins with the story of a young school drop-out, Ji Zong, who is coerced by his friend to become a model for life drawing by a group of artists.

From that point on, the narrative branches out, weaving the lives of these wildly disparate artists into a web of intriguing stories during the tumultuous years of Singapore from the 1950s to 1980s: An aspiring singer gives up everything she has to travel alone to India and pursue her love of Indian classical singing; a communist fighter disappears into the thick Malayan jungle for the rest of his life; a middle-aged woman returns to her old flat, which has remained unchanged after 30 years of self-exile, only to find the man she loved dying.

An epic that spans decades and is deeply intricate in its portrayal of the characters’ sentiments and of the heart’s innermost desires, Art Studio is a moving rendition of the poetic beauty and sorrow of ordinary human relationships. The performance is directed by Nelson Chia and adapted from the Mandarin novel of the same name written by 2003 Cultural Medallion recipient and Singaporean novelist Yeng Pway Ngon. Yeng won the Singapore Literature Prize no fewer than three times, most recently in 2012 for Art Studio. His books have been translated into many languages, including Italian, though this will be his first major translation onto stage.










© Nine Years Theatre
Art Studio
Original novel by Yeng Pway Ngon
Script/ Direction by Nelson Chia.

Commissioned by Singapore International Festival of Arts 2017
Performed in Mandarin, with English surtitles.

Date and time
17 Aug (Thu) - 19 Aug (Sat) 2017
8pm

Venue
Victoria Theatre

Duration
3 hours, intermission included.

*Advisory 16 (Mature Content)
Produced by Mia Chee
Original novel by Yeng Pway Ngon
Script/ direction by Nelson Chia
Assistant Director: Cherilyn Woo

Performed by:
Tay Kong Hui*, Mia Chee*, Hang Qian Chou*, Neo Hai Bin*, Jean Toh*, Timothy Wan*, Ellison Tan Yuyang*, Jodi Chan, Darren Guo, Chen Yiyou, Toh Wee Peng and Chng Yi Kai.

*members of NYT Ensemble
(Click here to find out more about NYT Ensemble Project)

Set Designer: Wong Chee Wai
Costume Designer: Anthony Tan
Lighting & Multimedia Designer: Genevieve Peck
Music Composer: Chong Li-Chuan
Production Sound Designer: Ng Jing
Graphics Designer: qu’est-ce que c’est design

Production Manager: Tennie Su
Stage Manager: Tan Xiang Yi
Assistant Stage Manager: Geraldine Ang and Teo Pei Si
Ticket Prices:
$35, $50, $65
(not inclusive of SISTIC charge)
Discounts:
SIFA Friend Discount (From 20 April till 9 September 2017)
25% off tickets to SIFA 2017 productions
with purchase of an O.P.E.N. Pass or O.P.E.N. Concession Pass.

Last day to be a SIFA Friend is 15 July 2017.

No further discount.

Early Bird Discount (From 20 Apr till 20 May 2017)
20% off ticket purchases

SIFA Bundle (From 20 May till 9 September 2017)
20% off ticket purchases
(Valid with a minimum purchase of 4 SIFA productions)

Concessions:
20% discount for students, NSFs and seniors

25% discount for school and group bookings of 25 or more tickets
(To make bookings, please contact sifa@artshouse.sg)

Singapore Drama Educators Association (SDEA)
SDEA members and SDEA Theatre Arts Conference ticket holders enjoy 10% off SIFA tickets, available only at SISTIC counters upon presentation of a valid SDEA membership card or an SDEA Theatre Arts Conference ticket.


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