Candy City: Singapore

It really does go without saying, Singapore is amazing. Its small, everything is so well connected and SO SHINY. Its like disn...




It really does go without saying, Singapore is amazing. Its small, everything is so well connected and SO SHINY. Its like disneyland, except its a whole country. One can't help but be completely mesmerized and totally distracted.

The conference was about mediating Asian change through film, literature and performance and so the Indian diaspora was the centre of discussion. The speakers were mostly Indian whose families had been living in places like Singapore and Sri Lanka for a few generations.

It was interesting to see how different mediums of art interacted differently in the diaspora. Film for example is a very influential medium and actually a more direct medium. Literature is an older medium, not less popular but of course only at the disposal of those who can read and so its interaction with the audiences in the diaspora was very different, and of course the content was very different as well.

I also learnt a lot about the communities that migrated under the colonial rule and I actually got to learn a lot about the history of singapore as well, which till now had been a complete mystery to me.




Our performance was at the very end of the conference and so we had a very small and initially a very shy audience. Its hard for us to interact with an audience like that because it takes constant pushing and prompting on the jokers part, and we as actors have to be prepared for a lot of things we hadn't rehearsed. Which is actually what forum theater is but this time we rehearsed a little too much I feel and thats why at times we were super conscious on stage. We should have left some areas unrehearsed.

All together Singapore was a great experience. I had a lot to learn from the people I interacted with
at the conference and outside. Its a very safe city
and the people are super friendly and so i had the
chance to talk to a lot of people from all over the
world. And I think its important for us to be
aware of all these opinions and perspective because 
        as an artist one should be sensitive to them.



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