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FRINGE HIGHLIGHTS
Enemy of the people
THREE FINGERS BELOW THE MUNDO PERFEITO
MAJULAH SINGAPURA - TREE PROJECT
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 HELLO FROM THE FRINGE

2014 marks the 10th anniversary of the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival. Besides a jaw-dropping line-up of events featuring Fringe first-timers, returning international artists and the best of Singapore Fringe, we are also excited to announce the following:

    TICKETS FOR FRINGE 2014 WILL COST ONLY $19 EACH

This is our 10th anniversary gift to you, our loyal audience and supporters. We hope you will continue to support us by buying more tickets and introducing new friends to the Fringe.

Now on to the programme. This year we have 3 Fringe Highlights. The first is Henrik Ibsen's An Enemy of the People. Local theatre collective Nine Years Theatre gives this popular classic an all-Mandarin makeover under the direction of Nelson Chia.

From Portugal comes innovative theatre company Mundo Perfeito with their production of Three Fingers Below the Knee, a play created with texts censored during Portugal's 40 years of dictatorship. To quote Jorge Luis Borges, "Censorship is the mother of metaphor".

Finally, Majulah Singapore - Tree Project is an ambitious and meaningful work conceived by Hiroshi Sunairi. Seeds of Hibaku trees [trees which survived the atomic bombing in Hiroshima] are distributed to everyday Singaporeans who are invited to grow them. The work will also include an exhibition and a film screening which will feature interviews with participants around the world who have been involved with the project.

Under the theme 'Art & the People', we have programmed an eclectic line up of theatre, dance and visual arts events.

And what a way to celebrate people than to focus on the family that is Singapore. Besides Nine Years Theatre and The Necessary Stage's re-staging of Best Of [by popular demand], this year we present one of the Fringe's most refreshing line-ups by Singapore artists.

Joget, Abang, Joget [Dance, Darling, Dance] by ponggurl is a hard-hitting examination of tenderness and violence; The Mountain, based on a short story by Amitav Ghosh and presented by new performance collective The Art of Strangers, brings together 15 artists and 15 audience members in one space in the spirit of sharing and storytelling; Unseen, by Alecia Neo, is a large-scale installation about sight and sightlessness presented at ION Art; Foundin, by Tan Wei Keong, involves the placement of figurines in public spaces which are then encountered by passers-by who are invited to engage with the persons behind each figurine; The Face Daily is a fictional newspaper drawn from Facebook feeds, specially created for the Fringe by Ong Kian Peng, and which will be distributed daily to the general public. We are also elated to announce the return of Peer Pleasure specially for Fringe 2014. Peer Pleasure was a regular feature of the M1 Youth Connection [1998-2004]. It is a showcase of school productions, giving them greater outreach and exposure. 6 schools will be featured in a line-up of the most exciting and entertaining youth theatre in Singapore. Finally, The Necessary Stage's Theatre for Seniors makes its debut in Fringe 2014 with Take Me Or Leave Me!, Singapore's first senior forum theatre production.

As you can see, Fringe 2014 is a bumper year for Singapore artists in all its glorious assortments, celebrating the different performance styles, artistic disciplines, local cultures and languages.

This leaves me to invite you to sit back, browse through this website and make your selections. Do also join us on Facebook and Twitter.

For the 10th time: Get involved.

Haresh Sharma
Co-Artistic Director, M1 Singapore Fringe Festival

 ART & THE PEOPLE
ART & THE PEOPLE ART & THE PEOPLE ART & THE PEOPLE ART & THE PEOPLE ART & THE PEOPLE

"A nation's culture resides in the hearts
and in the souls of its people."

- Mahatma Gandhi

The late Kuo Pao Kun, the doyen of Singapore Theatre, has always shared that the ultimate purpose of art is life. Whether one distills from life to create art or one is inspired and/or healed by an art work or an artistic process, art for life is what makes Art and the People a provocative, apt and timely focus for the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2014.

Numerous art works have been the outcome of broken communities finding some form of healing or empowerment against oppressive forces. Augusto Boal's Forum Theatre, which has helped many communities worldwide comes to mind. Another notable form is Playback Theatre, where, through artistic and creative re-enactment, players and story-tellers affect each other and connect to learn more about themselves and life, demonstrating the common ground we share.

"It never ceases to amaze me when ordinary people get
into the spirit of what I'm doing. It's pivotal to my art."

- Spencer Tunick

Yet, community remains a problematic concept because diversity arises with democracy, and with that comes fragmentation and fracture. Marginalised communities have relied on art to assert their identities, to overcome oppressive forces. Art is then employed to uphold differences; giving voice or visibility to the oppressed community. Interestingly, art then celebrates instead of melds these differences. Art is a paradox that can do both.

"There is no surer way of evading the world than by Art;
and no surer way of uniting with it than by Art."

- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Art also challenges the people and ruptures established perceptions about life, enabling us to critique what has been normalised. Often artists create out of a disturbance. For some transformative art or socially-engaged works, some artists opt for aesthetic strategies that encapsulate these disturbances that provoke, challenge and affect the audience, in order to motivate them towards a re-visioning of certain aspects of life, to hope, and indeed, to create a future from dreams.

"The strange power of art is sometimes it can show that
what people have in common is more urgent than what
differentiates them."

- John Berger

These dynamic exchanges between Art and the People make us reflect on how Community Arts has been looked down upon or seen as the poorer cousin in art circles all around the globe. Should not art be art, and that art for the people be regarded/respected as having its own aesthetic standards and bar of excellence to attain as well? The disdain shown towards Community Arts by some artists exposes a glaring hypocrisy, for isn't art supposed to nurture an environment that is inclusive, where differences can co-exist?

"The artist... tells his audience, at the risk of their
displeasure, the secrets of their own hearts."

- R. G. Collingwood

Today, in our socially mediated world, art can be a call to arms, where crowdsourced contributions by the general public becomes the final product, where the processes of collaborating, editing, curating, mediating and critiquing are themselves the artwork. By re-examining the relationship between Art and the People, we open ourselves to new possibilities of the definition of art and creative processes. We embrace the unique voices expressing diversity, that - in coming together - form a new aggregate, a perspective that does not propel any single dominant ideology, but rather, accepts differences and sees them as integral components of an all-encompassing, fluid, and truly democratic whole. Through Art and the People, we seek to celebrate one another, to appreciate irregularity and assymmetry amongst our communities, and to meditate on how our individualities are but extraordinary expressions of ordinary beauty through multiplicity.

"My audience comprises everybody, not just the bourgeois.
But there are people who don't take me seriously and
that annoys me."

- Tracey Emin

The most powerful art pieces are undeniably those that are directly connected to the people, inspired by human frailties, strength, desires and hopes. In times of turbulence and despair, art has always been regarded as a means towards healing, reconciliation and catharsis, as evidenced by the many thought-provoking, heart-wrenching and uplifting works arising from disasters, political upheaval and societal strife. Art can indeed help us examine the obstacles that impede cohesion.

Art and the people cannot be divorced from one another, for how does the former exist if it is not inspired by the latter? Art has always drawn its strength and derived its meaning from the people. It would be impossible to delink art from its audience, who may well serve multiple roles: as inspiration, joint creators, funders, critics, appreciators, and so on. No artist can claim to work in a silo, and by extension, the oft-debated value and meaning of art cannot only be intrinsic to the work, but depends to a large extent on the people that make value and meaning to them. Art that discounts its audience altogether cannot be anything but navel-gazing exercises in futility, for what purpose does art serve if it refuses to communicate with the wider public in any way?

"Our creativity comes from without, not from within.
We are not self-made. We are dependent on one another,
and admitting this to ourselves isn't an embrace of mediocrity and derivativeness. It's a liberation from our misconceptions,
and it's an incentive to not expect so much from ourselves
and to simply begin."

- Kirby Ferguson

Join the Fringe as we explore and exult in the different aspects of the relationship between Art and the People. 8 - 19 January 2014.

Get involved.

 MESSAGE FROM M1
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The M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2014 marks the 10th year that The Necessary Stage (TNS) and M1 have been presenting the festival to the people!

The Festival's beginning in 2005 was humble but groundbreaking. It was the first of its kind in Singapore to showcase theatre, visual arts, film and interactive forums by local and international artists. More importantly, if I may quote from the foreword by TNS' Alvin Tan and Haresh Sharma in 2005: "Singapore needs an outfit for artists to continue taking risks to create and supply a new diet of innovative and thought-provoking works... But if we pull our resources together, we can create a sustainable space that present arts scene sorely needs as a permanent feature in its arts and cultural ecology."

While the Festival has grown, evolved and wow-ed many over the years, the spirit of the Fringe remains, that is "to reach out to all people who are here at this period of time - giving a special something and bringing people together for these 12 days." The M1 Singapore Fringe Festival is highly anticipated each year and today, it continues to feature cultural diversity, as well as socially significant, contemporary and

On behalf of M1, I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the success of the festival in the past 10 years, especially the talented TNS team, for which without their passion, tenacity and hard work in driving their artistic vision, this would not have been possible. M1 is proud to be associated with the Festival from its beginning as the presenting sponsor.

This year's theme of Art and the People is fitting for the Festival's 10th anniversary. We believe that art is an oasis that we sorely need in our fastpaced city and that is for everyone, not just a select few. Hence, the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival seeks to make the arts accessible to all by keeping ticket prices affordable all these years even as the Festival has grown in stature and popularity.

With 15 works, 31 performances and 4 exhibitions, we wish everyone a refreshing, stimulating, and even inspiring experience at the Festival. Enjoy!

Ivan Lim
Director
Corporate Communications
M1 Limited

Fringe Highlights
 
 
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Buy your tickets now through
SISTIC Website: http://www.sistic.com.sg

The Fringe turns 10 in 2014 and we'll like to celebrate it with all of you who have been part of us through all these years!

Just for 2014's edition of the festival, we're lowering ticket prices to a jawdropping $19 across the board!

All M1 staff and customers will enjoy a special 20% off ticket prices for Fringe 2014!

To enjoy the offer, simply present your M1 bill or mobile phone upon booking or collection of tickets for verification purposes.

SISTIC Hotline:(65) 6348 5555 and
SISTIC Authorised Agents islandwide.

Programmes endorsed by NAC-AEP are eligible for up to 50% Tote Board Arts Grant subsidy. Early Bird School Bookings at $16 for all performances (excluding ticketing charges) from 1 October to 30 November 2013.

For school bookings, please contact info@singaporefringe.com or call us at (65) 6440 8115.

For more information on the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2014: Art and the People, please call The Necessary Stage at (65) 6440 8115, visit www.singaporefringe.com or email info@singaporefringe.com

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This may be the first visit to Singapore for some of you!

To ensure that you can navigate yourself around our fair sunny isle in the tropics when you touch down at the airport, we have compiled some information on transport, accommodation and Festival venues, which we hope will be useful for you.

You will need Acrobat PDF Reader in order to read some of the attached files. To download the free PDF Reader, please visit this link.

Information on Singapore in various languages can be viewed at www.yoursingapore.com

TRANSPORT FROM CHANGI AIRPORT TO THE CITY

Budget rides to the city and other parts of the island can be made on the
Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (SMRT) train services or public buses:

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TRAIN

SMRT TRAIN SERVICES

There are three terminals for Changi Airport. Please visit the Changi
Airpoirt site for more information on the various airport terminals.

Information extracted from here.

TRAIN SCHEDULES

CHANGI AIRPORT SKYTRAIN


5am – 2.30am daily



CHANGI AIRPORT STATION (CG2)


5.31am (Mon – Sat)
5.59am (Sun & Public Holidays)


11.18pm daily




TRAVELLING FROM CHANGI AIRPORT (CG2) TO CITY HALL (EW13/ NS25)

bus

BUS

Information extracted from here.

You can take a direct public bus from Changi Airport to the City Hall area. More details can be found on YourSingapore's pages on trains and buses, or on the SMRT website and SBS Transit website

For your convenience, you may wish to purchase an EZ Link Card which allows for contact-free payment for all trains and buses. Fares will also be cheaper than the single-use one-way tickets. If you are extending your stay in Singapore, you may wish to purchase the Singapore Tourist Pass which will give you unlimited travel on trains and basic bus services.


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Bus bays in the basements of Terminals 1, 2 and 3

6.10am - 10.50pm daily

About $2.00 (Do note that no change will be given)

About 50 minutes

Hostel

HOSTELS

Adler Hostel
259 South Bridge Road, Singapore, 058808

Blanc Inn
151 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 207564

Bunc Inn
15 Upper Weld Road, Singapore 207372

Checkers Backpackers Inn
46 Campbell Lane Singapore 209918

Five Stones Hostel
61 South Bridge Road, Levels 2 and 3, Singapore 058691

Drop Inn
253 Lavender Street, Singapore 338790

Gusti B&B
30A/B/C Penhas Road, Singapore 208188

hangout@mt.emily
10A Upper Wilkie Road, Singapore 228119

Hostel Lah
119A Lavender Street, Singapore 338731

Matchbox The Concept Hostel
39 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069716

Moni Gallery Hostel
263 Lavender Street, Singapore 338795

Mercury Backpackers' Hostel
57 Lavender Street, Singapore 338714

Mori Hostel
429 Race Course Road, Singapore 218675

Pillows & Toast
40 Mosque Street, Singapore 059518

Prince of Wales
101 Dunlop Street, Singapore 209420
51 Boat Quay, Singapore 049840

River City Inn
33C Hong Kong Street, Singapore 059672

Rucksack Inn
38A Hong Kong Street, Singapore 059677
280 Lavender Street, Singapore 338800
52 Temple Street, Singapore 059672

Shophouse Hostel
48 Arab Street, Singapore 199745

The Green Kiwi Backpacker Hostel
280A Lavender Street, Singapore 338800

The Inncrowd
73 Dunlop Street, Singapore 209401

The Pod
289 Beach Road Level 3 Singapore 199552

Tresor Travern
243 Jalan Besar, Singapore 208916

Vintage Inn
60 Race Course Road, Singapore 218567

Wink Hostel
8A Mosque St, Chinatown, Singapore 059488

taxi

TAXI

Information extracted from here.

Taxis are available at the taxi stands at the Arrival levels of each Terminal. The journey to the city is estimated to cost between $18.00 and $38.00 and takes approximately 30 minutes. Fares are metered and there is an additional airport surcharge for all trips originating from the airport.


$5 AIRPORT SURCHARGE - 5.00pm to 12.00am (Fridays to Sundays)

$3 AIRPORT SURCHARGE - all other times

MIDNIGHT SURCHARGE of 50% of final metered fare - 12.00am to 6.00am (daily)



You can call this centralised taxi booking service to book a taxi

DIALCAB: 6342 5222
(DO NOTE THAT A BOOKING FEE WILL BE CHARGED.)
Airport shuttle services

AIRPORT

SHUTTLE SERVICES

Information extracted from here. The Airport Shuttle Service serves most hotels in Singapore. You can make a booking at the Ground Transport Desk at the Arrival Halls and pay the fare in cash to the driver.


TRAVEL FARE/DESTINATION (FROM AIRPORT TO CITY)
S$9.00 - Adult
S$6.00 - Child


Airport shuttle services

GUIDES

SINGAPORE TRANSPORT GUIDES


YourSingapore.com Transport Guide
SBS Transit (Buses)
Singapore Mass Rapid Transit
Changi Airport
Google Maps Singapore
Street Directory
gothere.sg


ACCOMMODATIONS AROUND THE FRINGE BELT


Official Hotel
Hotel Grand Pacific
101 Victoria Street Singapore 188018
T: +65 6336 0811
E: reservations@hotelgrandpacific.com.sg

There is also a sortable list of hotels at this link

Hotel

HOTELS

Big Hotel
200 Middle Road, Singapore 188980

Gallery Hotel
1 Nanson Road@ Robertson Quay, Singapore 238909

Hotel 1929
50 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089154

Hotel Re!
175A Chin Swee Road, Singapore 169879

ibis Singapore on Bencoolen
170 Bencoolen Street, Singapore 189657

klapsons The Boutique Hotel
15 Hoe Chiang Road, Singapore 089316

Naumi Liora
55 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089158

New Majestic Hotel
31-37 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore 089845

Nostalgia Hotel Singapore
77 Tiong Bahru Road, Singapore 168727

The Forest by Wangz
145A Moulmein Road, Singapore 308108

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GETTING TO THE VENUES

VENUES FOR THE 2014 M1
SINGAPORE FRINGE FESTIVAL INCLUDE:


Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay

Esplanade Theatre Studio

Esplanade Recital Studio

Esplanade Rehearsal Studio


National Museum of Singapore

Gallery Theatre

The Concourse, Level 1

The Salon, Level 1


ION Orchard's ION Art Gallery

ION Art Gallery, #04-01


The Substation

The Substation Theatre

The Substation Gallery

ESPLANADE - THEATRES ON THE BAY

1 Esplanade Drive Singapore 038981

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VOLUNTEER WITH US

The M1 Singapore Fringe Festival is a volunteer-driven festival, and we depend on people like you to assist with our marketing and outreach departments, help set up the venues, manage the front-of-house at performances and be gallery sitters at exhibitions. We also require volunteers as liaison officers to be attached with international artists and arts companies during the Fringe. For those of you who have prior production and technical experience, we would be happy to have you on board as a production or exhibition volunteer, assisting with the set-up and tear-down of these events, as well as other backstage work and preparations for the Festival.

Volunteering with the Fringe is a fabulous way to see free performances, meet new people, interact with the artists and get involved with one of the most dynamic events in town.

No prior experience in arts is required for some responsibilities and schedules can be flexible. We are however looking for people with a keen interest in the arts and in meeting people from all around the world.

For more information on volunteering for the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival either prior or during the festival, please email us at info@singaporefringe.com

Alternatively, just give us a bell at The Necessary Stage at (65) 6440 8115 so we could have a chat about volunteering.

Be A Sponsor
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Sponsorship of the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival gives you a fantastic opportunity to associate your company's name, logo and brand with one of the fastest growing, high-profile and anticipated arts events around.

Sponsorship of the arts is in general regarded as a wonderful investment and useful marketing and promotional tool for companies keen to establish themselves as commercial entities that can contribute to social well-being.

Here at the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival, we have a fervent belief in developing the Fringe as a creative centre that encourages innovation, discourse and positive engagement. During our 12-day long festival, sponsors and partners share and participate in this celebration of creativity and connection with the community. In the last edition of the Fringe, the festival's 24 ticketed shows reached out to a record-breaking 3,595 audience members, filling 81% of the total capacity in the theatres. We reached out to even more people through a variety of free events as well. We aim to attain the same audienceship - if not more - for all future editions of the Fringe.

In order to do so, aside from having a thrilling line-up for programmes, the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival also runs an exciting, socially-engaging and highly visible marketing and communications campaign from around October to January each year.
Our extensive, nation-wide media relations campaign goes hand-in-hand with our comprehensive and highly visible marketing drive which often includes:

40,000 programme booklets printed for the festival and distributed free
to all audiences at all arts venues, entertainment outlets, food and
beverage and retail outlets, SISTIC authorised agents, various
organisations and institutions, schools as well as The Necessary Stage's
mailing list;
Collaterals for individual exhibitions and productions;
One to two-month campaign of street banner advertising within the Fringe Belt;
Bus stop posters at bus stops located within the Fringe Belt as well as islandwide;
Press kits and press releases;
A very interactive Festival mobile-enabled website;
A robust social media marketing presence via dedicated Twitter and Facebook accounts, and a variety of social media networking platforms to engage audiences;
The Festival video, screened at various venues including M1 outlets, outdoor media channels, Singapore Tourism Board screens, Esplanade and other venue partners;
Partnerships with media channels such as Time Out (as Official Magazine), Nuffnang (Official Blog Community) and ChurpChurp (Official Social Media Community)
Front-of-house displays;
Email flyers to The Necessary Stage's local and international database, as well as the databases of our sponsors and partners;
Onsite marketing collaterals which may include posters, banners, plasma screen spot ads, diary ads, etc.;
Pre-show announcements at every performance at the Fringe.
The 2013 Fringe had an astounding public relations investment return of SGD2,549,915.

The Fringe's marketing campaign may vary depending on the programme each year. Nevertheless, all sponsors and partners are always acknowledged in our collaterals, based on your level of investment.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Melissa at (65) 6440 8115 or email melissa@necessary.org.

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GROW THE FRINGE WITH US!

In order for the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival to develop and present groundbreaking, stimulating and engaging works, The Necessary Stage as the festival's organiser and all the artists and personnel involved rely on your generous donations.


We are a not-for-profit organisation that depends on your generosity and belief in our work to make the Fringe Festival a veritable success.

Donations are received during our fundraising events and donation drives, but are welcomed all year round.

All donations are tax-exempt.


For tax exemption, cheques should be made to 'The Necessary Stage Ltd', and sent to us at:


The Necessary Stage
278 Marine Parade Community Building
#B1-02, Marine Parade Road
Singapore 449282

For more information about donations, please contact Melissa at (65) 6440 8115 or email melissa@necessary.org.

 ART THE PEOPLE
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"We never understand how little we need in this world
until we know the loss of it."

- James Barrie

Loss as a concept is something that everyone would be intimately familiar with as an inevitable part of our human experience. It implies a previous state of existence, a reality that has altered, sometimes irrevocably. But yet without that knowledge of a past being, there would not have been loss in the first place. Through loss, we are made acutely aware of a presence of the past, and perhaps through that, a projection into a future that we aspire towards.

In this materialistic age where there is a universal obsession to procure, win, and retain; where we seek to embellish our lives with ever more items, people, and meaning, loss reminds us of the fragility of possession: of history, of memory, of relationships. When we lose something - or even ourselves - we come face to face with change, in a new environment we now need to get acquainted with and accustomed to. We are challenged to view our world anew, to confront our beliefs, to compromise and adapt, and finally to learn how to let go. Loss compels us to accept transience, and by way of that, we learn to be free.

Gentle prodding seldom works as human nature is such that we often remain transfixed in our positions. We are often too smart for our own good and stubbornness is misconstrued as convictions that we opt to abide against all odds. So often, unless loss involves something we value like our eye-sight, a limb, a close friend, a lover, a spouse, an organ, we are not in a state where we would want to make any real change. For transformation to even begin, loss has to be real and concrete. It has to hurt and one has to feel the price of the absence of what was once important to us.

"The more the data banks record about each
one of us, the less we exist."

- Marshall McLuhan

In this technologically advanced age, where data is king and the means of capturing and archiving data are innumerable, where we can document immense amount of raw data and even put them on the cloud for an extended period, how has our comprehension and appreciation of loss altered? With information overload, have we lost anything about ourselves at all? Can art serve as a filter of sorts, to direct our attention towards issues that matter, to force us to take a step back and think before reacting upon impulse online?

We can even arguably say that social media has made artists of us all, by virtue of our cloaks of anonymity online, leading to carefully curated personas of ourselves and mirages of our Instagrammed world that we want others to partake in. Our connections across the globe may have proliferated, but this web is filigree-like, based solely on the fabricated selves of individuals and ephemeral - sometimes meaningless, oftentimes complicated - threads of relationships. In our art of self-creation, have we lost ourselves in the process, or have we lost our true bonds, our appreciation for real-time personal touches?

Art and Loss makes one contemplate on the performance of loss as if one is able to rehearse it so we can avoid it in real terms in our lives. Yet life is often stronger than art in that we often feel that art can reflect loss and loss can find its way into art works, but few art works inscribe that loss whilst the audience members encounter it, few create the void as it is being engaged shifting us as we leave the theatre, museum or the site in which we experience that very art work.

Join the Fringe as we examine and excavate different interpretations of the relationship between Art and Loss. 14 - 25 January 2015.

Get involved.

Find out more about the selection process here.

Click here to download the application form.

"Loss is nothing else but change,
and change is Nature's delight."

- Marcus Aurelius

Art is therefore the perfect medium to explore these notions of loss and what it brings with it. Art allows us - as creators and viewers alike - to straddle between what-was and what-is, and in doing so, opens our horizons up to imagine what-could-be.

Art can be used as a form of remembrance (of places, history, people) but it is also catharsis in creation. As we examine loss through art, we learn not to lose ourselves in that, because art implies the genesis of something new that may honour our loss but yet possibly replace it.

"There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak,
every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how
to improve your performance the next time."

- Malcolm X

Loss is a good thing to happen to human beings. Without loss, we take things for granted, especially for those amongst us who are mollycoddled by our very own comfort zones. We easily rationalise and justify our ways of existence, and hubris sets in as we become increasingly ethnocentric. Whether it is just a man-on-the-street, a celebrity or a politician, we always gain blindness when we ascend in power or sustain our status over long periods of time, particularly when left unchallenged. Art and Loss is therefore an opportunity for us to reflect, re-think and re-vision the ways we perceive ourselves and our surroundings.

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WHY SHOULD I PARTICIPATE IN THE FRINGE?

The M1 Singapore Fringe Festival is an exciting festival that is all-inclusive, covers a range of art forms, and is one of the few festivals in Singapore with a strong curatorial identity. Through the Fringe, we aim to present the best of contemporary, cutting-edge and socially engaged works to the Singapore audience.

Furthermore, the Fringe positions itself as a creative centre, with the twin purpose of innovation and discussion, whilst providing a platform for meaningful and provocative art to engage our increasingly connected and complex world.

Through the Fringe, you will be able to reach out to new audiences in Asia and the region. Also, you can tap upon our organisational and production expertise in the presentation of your work. Additionally, you get to rub shoulders with fellow artists, promoters and directors from all over the world. This should present itself as a wonderful networking opportunity, as well as a space for discourse and explorations into future collaboration.

HOW DO I TAKE PART AT THE FRINGE?

In order to take part in the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival, you need to consider, first and foremost, if your proposed work is relevant to the theme for the Fringe. The Necessary Stage curates each Fringe based on a specific theme, and while the interpretation of the subject may be very wide, it is imperative that your work addressees an aspect of the theme as much as possible.

If you consider your work to be appropriate for the theme, you should download the application form, which can be found on the website here.

Do note that the deadline for applications for Fringe 2015 is Friday 7 March 2014 and late or incomplete applications will not be entertained. We do get inundated by applications during the period, so we would appreciate it if you could send in a comprehensive and complete application, with relevant documents, CD/VHS/ VCDs/DVDs, press kits and photographs attached. A soft copy of your application should also be emailed to us and instructions are stated clearly in the form.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

The Necessary Stage collates all the applications that come in, and our curatorial team then devotes a few months to peruse every single application and relevant media. We have several meetings to shortlist applicants, based on the strength of their work and relevance to the theme.

Once the shortlist has been narrowed down, we will inform all applicants of the results. Selected applicants will then need to provide us with more information pertaining to their funding status, availability, technical requirements, and so on.

Though the majority of the Fringe is programmed for a specific year, we consider artists on a year-round basis. We may consider your proposal for a future year if we are interested in your work, but are not able to programme it for the current year.

WILL YOU BE ABLE TO PAY FOR ALL ASPECTS OF MY PRODUCTION?

As with all other Fringe Festivals, we run on an extremely tight budget. What the Fringe is able to offer in terms of remuneration are local costs - that is, accommodations in Singapore, food - as well as a small artist honorarium. We also cover the cost of venue rental and basic production and technical crew, as well as publicity and marketing of your work as part of the whole Fringe.

However, we generally do not provide airfares, freight and relevant costs (e.g. travel insurance) to fly you over to Singapore for the performance or exhibition. We strongly advise all artists to apply to their local arts funding bodies for traveling subsidies. Should you require a letter of support if you are selected to perform or exhibit at the Fringe, do feel free to contact us for assistance and we would be glad to help in any way possible to make your trip a reality. On our end, we also try to source for sponsorships by working with corporate sponsors, embassies and cultural agencies in Singapore. Occasionally we are able to obtain significant sponsorship amounts and grants to assist in the travel costs of the artists, though this should not be taken as a given at any point in time.

This may all sound a little daunting, but don't despair as we do try to guide you through the process. We have been extremely successful in attracting, securing and assisting artists to perform at the Fringe, and should you have any queries pertaining to this aspect, please feel free to contact us for a chat. Last but not least, you need a fabulous show - but we’re sure you knew that already.

DO I GET A CUT OF THE TICKET SALES?

As the Fringe will be paying for all venue, ticketing and production costs in presenting your show, we will need to recoup our cost and will therefore not be able to provide you with a percentage of the ticket sales.

What we do offer though is a small artist honorarium aside from local costs. Furthermore, you will enjoy the administrative, marketing and production assistance of the Fringe. We have, for instance, a very robust and aggressive marketing campaign for the Fringe, and collaborate with all our venue partners, supporting embassies and the media to ensure that the Fringe is a resounding success.

About
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The M1 Singapore Fringe Festival is an annual festival of theatre, dance, music, visual arts and mixed media created and presented by Singaporean and international artists. Themed differently each year, the Festival aims to bring the best of contemporary, cutting-edge and socially engaged works to the Singapore audience.

The M1 Singapore Fringe Festival is set to be a creative centre, with a twin purpose of innovation and discussion, a platform for meaningful and provocative art to engage our increasingly connected and complex world.

Fringe Team

True to the spirit of creating challenging, indigenous and innovative theatre that touches the heart and mind,
the team from The Necessary Stage is the organising committee of the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival.

ARTISTIC DIRECTORSAlvin Tan
alvin@singaporefringe.com

Haresh Sharma
haresh@singaporefringe.com
FESTIVAL MANAGERMelissa Lim
melissa@singaporefringe.com
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS EXECUTIVEJezamine Tan
jezamine@singaporefringe.com
EVENTS EXECUTIVEIrma Suzanna Ruslan
irma@singaporefringe.com
EDUCATION & OUTREACH EXECUTIVESafiah bte Sulaiman
outreach@singaporefringe.com
COMMUNITY OUTREACH EXECUTIVEEdlyn Ng
edlyn@singaporefringe.com
MULTIMEDIA & SOUND TECHNICIANYusri Sapari
yusri@singaporefringe.com
PRODUCTION COORDINATORSNurul Izzatul Fia Sumono
Guo Ningru
VISUAL ARTS COORDINATORJuraidah Rahman
LIGHTING COORDINATORJosiah Yoong
VOLUNTEER & INTERNS COORDINATORJoyce Tan Yi Jun



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During the Media Launch of the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2014.


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29 Jan Ana Shell: M1 Fringe Festival: Majulah Singapura – Tree Project - Review of Majulah Singapura - Tree Project by Hiroshi Sunairi
25 Jan Popspoken: Working on a Special Day: A Theatre of Acceptance and Imagination - Review of Working on a Special Day by Porp Piedad Teatro | The Play Company in Popspoken
25 Jan Flying Inktpot: Body Image - Review of Focus by Olé Khamchanla | Compagnie Kham in Flying Inkpot
24 Jan The Business Times: Dancing sans the fetters of identity - Review of Focus by Olé Khamchanla | Compagnie Kham in The Business Times
22 Jan Flying Inkpot: Songs of Innocence and Experience - Review of Peer Pleasure in The Flying Inkpot. 
21 Jan The Straits Times Life!: Fringe fest packs in the crowds - Wrap-up article on the record-breaking attendance at the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2014 in The Straits Times Life!
21 Jan My Paper: Record turnout for M1 Fringe Festival - Wrap-up article on the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival in My Paper.
20 Jan The Straits Times: M1 Singapore Fringe Festival hits record attendances this year - Preview of wrap-up article on the success of the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2014
20 Jan The Straits Times Life!: Cycles of tender, loving care - Review of Zeitgeber by Takuya Murakawa in The Straits Times Life!
20 Jan The Straits Times Life!: Pulsating union of three bodies - Review of Focus by Olé Khamchanla | Compagnie Kham in The Straits Times Life!
20 Jan Buttons in the Bread: M1 Fringe 2014: 3 Fingers Below the Knee - Review of Three Fingers Below the Knee by Mundo Perfeito in Buttons in the Bread
18 Jan 联合早报 (Lianhe Zaobao) : 精彩。精炼。精致。看本地版《人民公敌》 - Review of An Enemy of the People《人民公敌》by Nine Years Theatre 九年剧场
17 Jan TODAY: S'pore Fringe Fest: Climb every mountain - Revew of The Mountain by The Art of Strangers in TODAY. 
17 Jan The Muse: Focus by Compagnie Kham - Preview of Focus by Olé Khamchanla | Compagnie Kham
17 Jan The Business Times: When censors ruled the stage - Review of Three Fingers Below the Knee by Mundo Perfeito (Portugal) in The Business Times
17 Jan The Straits Times Life!: Wartime issues lost in the shadows - Review of Working on a Special Day by Por Piedad Teatro & The Play Company in The Straits Times Life!
17 Jan The Business Times: Flights of whimsy in performance art - Review of Suteru Tabi by GOTANNDADAN and Joget, Abang, Joget (Dance, Darling, Dance) by ponggurl in The Business Times
16 Jan NTMX: Por Piedad Teatro lleva "Working on a Special Day" a Singapur - [In Spanish] Por Piedad Teatro talks about their first night's performance of Working on a Special Day at the Fringe.
14 Jan TODAY: S'pore Fringe Fest: Lessons learned at Peer Pleasure - Review of Peer Pleasure in TODAY's For Arts Sake blog. 
13 Jan The Straits Times Life!: Witty bra-haha over censorship - Review of Three Fingers Below the Knee by Mundo Perfeito (Portugal) in The Straits Times Life!
13 Jan Artitute: "An Enemy of the People" by Nine Years Theatre - Review of An Enemy of the People 《人民公敌》by Nine Years Theatre 九年剧场 in Artitute
11 Jan Az Samad: [Review] Suteru Tabi - M1 Singapore Fringe Festival - Review of Suteru Tabi by GOTANNDADAN (Japan)
11 Jan Az Samad: [Review] An Enemy of the People - M1 Singapore Fringe Festival - Review of An Enemy of the People 《人民公敌》by Nine Years Theatre 九年剧场
10 Jan The Straits Times Life!: Art Picks - Three Fingers Below the Knee - The Straits Times Life! selects Fringe Highlight Three Fingers Below the Knee by Mundo Perfeito (Portugal) for their Art Picks for the weekend. 
10 Jan The Straits Times Life!: Common enemy - Review of An Enemy of the People 《人民公敌》by Nine Years Theatre 九年剧场 by Corrie Tan from The St
10 Jan TODAY: S'pore Fringe Fest: Dance, dude, dance. Or else. - Review of Joget, Abang, Joget (Dance, Darling, Dance) by ponggurl in TODAY
10 Jan The Straits Times Life!: Purpose and inspiration in death - Review of Suteru Tabi by GOTANNDADAN (Japan) in The Straits Times Life!
10 Jan The Business Times: 19th-century drama in pitch-perfect Mandarin - Review of An Enemy of the People 《人民公敌》by Nine Years Theatre 九年剧场 in The Business Times
10 Jan Popspoken: 10 Questions with Siti Khalijah Zainal - Interview with Siti Khalijah Zainal for Best Of by The Necessary Stage
09 Jan TODAY: S'pore Fringe Fest: Know your Enemy, know your People - Review of An Enemy of the People 《人民公敌》 by Nine Years Theatre 九年剧场 by Mayo Martin of TODAY.
09 Jan Crystalwords: An Enemy of the People - Review of An Enemy of the People 《人民公敌》by Nine Years Theatre 九年剧场 by Naeem Kapadia
08 Jan Artinfo.com: 8 Arty Things to Do in Singapore in January - Selection of arts events in Singapore in January, including the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2014
08 Jan TODAY: S’pore Fringe Fest: It’s the little things (and Facebook) - Review of our Fringe Gallery works, including Unseen by Alecia Neo, The Face Daily by Ong Kian Peng, Foundin by Tan Wei Keong and Fringe Highlight Majulah Singapura - Tree Project by Hiroshi Sunairi.
08 Jan Suzy Goes See: An Enemy of the People [Nine Years Theatre] - Review of An Enemy of the People 《人民公敌》by Nine Years Theatre 九年剧场 by Suzy Goes See. 
07 Jan Ageless Online: Advocating for seniors - Interview with Thomas Lim, cast member of Take Me or Leave Me! by The Necessary Stage's Theatre for Seniors
06 Jan TODAY: A decade in the Fringe - Preview article on the upcoming M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2014
06 Jan 938LIVE: Interview with Co-Artistic Director Haresh Sharma & Hiroshi Sunairi, 6 Jan 2014, 11.00am - Interview with Co-Artistic Director of the Festival, Haresh Sharma and Japanese artist Hiroshi Sunairi on his Fringe Highlight, Majhulah Singapura - Tree Project
03 Jan The Business Times: Scaling heights of Latin American theatre - Preview of The Mountain by The Art of Strangers (Singapore) and Three Fingers Below the Knee by Mundo Perfeito (Portugal) at the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival in The Business Times
01 Jan Jetstar: Alecia Neo - Interview with Alecia Neo on her upcoming Fringe Commission, Unseen
01 Jan Time Out Singapore: Moving mountains - Preview of The Mountain by The Art of Strangers (Singapore) in Time Out Singapore
31 Dec Yes933: Interview with Nine Years Theatre, 31 Dec 2013, 2.30pm - Interview with Nine Years Theatre 九年剧场 on their upcoming Fringe Commission An Enemy of the People 《人民公敌》
31 Dec Love972: Interview with Nine Years Theatre, 31 Dec 2013, 5.30pm - Interview with Nine Years Theatre 九年剧场 on their Fringe Commission An Enemy of the People 《人民公敌》
30 Dec UFM 1003: Interview with Nine Years Theatre, 30 Dec 2013, 9am - Interview with Nine Years Theatre 九年剧场 on their upcoming Fringe Commission An Enemy of the People 《人民公敌》
27 Dec Capital Radio 958: The Big Sofa feat. Nine Years Theatre, 27 Dec 2013, 7pm - Interview with Nine Years Theatre 九年剧场 on their upcoming Fringe Commission An Enemy of the People 《人民公敌》
24 Dec The Straits Times Life!: Taking the fringe out of Fringe Fest - Article on our longstanding and robust partnership with title sponsor M1.
21 Dec 联合早报 Lianhe Zaobao: “M1艺穗节2014”唯一舞蹈节目《焦点》- 从语言对谈到身体对谈 - Preview article on Focus by Olé Khamchanla | Compagnie Kham, with an interview with dancer Jereh Leung.
17 Dec The Straits Times Life!: People get in on the act - Preview article on the Singapore works premiering at the Festival in 2014.
13 Dec I-S Magazine: Cover featuring Foundin by Tan Wei Keong - Cover of I-S Magazine (13 - 26 Dec 2013) features Foundin by Tan Wei Keong.
13 Dec I-S Magazine: The Face Daily - Listing of The Face Daily by Ong Kian Peng in I-S Magazine's Show Time column
13 Dec Performing Arts Network Japan: M1 Singapore Fringe Festival approaching its 10th year - Interview with co-Artistic Director Alvin Tan on the upcoming 10th anniversary of the festival
10 Dec 联合早报 (Lianhe Zaobao) : 九年剧场新作《人民公敌》 拒绝向所谓的大众投降 - Preview of 《人民公敌》An Enemy of the People by 九年剧场 Nine Years Theatre. 
06 Dec The Atlantic Cities: How a Thousand Tiny Figurines Will Connect Strangers All Over the World - Preview article on Foundin by Tan Wei Keong.
25 Nov The Straits Times Life!: Planting art for the family - Feature in The Straits Times Life! on journalist Corrie Tan's experience planting hibaku seeds for Majulah Singapura - Tree Project. 
17 Nov 联合早报 Lianhe Zaobao: 最想和外星人合作搞戏 - Interview with Felipe Cervera of The Art of Strangers, who will be staging The Mountain from 16 - 19 January 2014 (SOLD OUT).
17 Nov The New Paper: When it comes to retirement, it's about dollars and cents - Interview with Eleanor Song, part of the cast for Take Me or Leave Me! by The Necessary Stage's Theatre for Seniors.
14 Nov The Muse - Translating Realism in An Enemy of the People - Preview of An Enemy of the People《人民公敌》by Nine Years Theatre.  
01 Nov BY POPULAR DEMAND: 2 Addtional Performances of The Mountain by The Art of Strangers on 18 & 19 Jan 2014, 3pm! Tickets via SISTIC from Mon 4 Nov 2013, 9am! - BY POPULAR DEMAND! Thanks to your support, tickets for The Mountain by The Art of Strangers have been totally snapped up when sales began last month! We've since received numerous requests by audience members to open new shows for the production, and we're happy to announce that 2 new shows have been added: Saturday, 18 January 2014, 3pm Sunday, 19 January 2014, 3pm Tickets for the additional performances will go on sale via SISTIC on Monday, 4 November 2014, 9.00am. Grab them fast!   
18 Oct The Business Times: Mix of topical and classic works - Preview article on the Fringe, featuring An Enemy of the People 《人民公敌》by Nine Years Theatre 九年剧场 and Take Me or Leave Me! by The Necessary Stage's Theatre for Seniors
14 Oct TODAY: Tokyo art’s ‘hybrid chaos’ beckons - Article on the Japanese contemporary art scene, with mentions of the Fringe as well as quotes from Shiro Maeda from GOTANNDADAN.
08 Oct 联合早报 Lianhe Zaobao: M1艺穗节明年首次呈献华语剧 (M1 Singapore Fringe Festival features Mandarin play for the first time) - Preview article on the Fringe, with mentions of the Fringe Highlights for 2014.
05 Oct The Straits Times Communities - M1 Fringe tickets at only $19 - Electronic version of the preview article on the Fringe published in The Straits Times Life! on 2013-10-02, with excerpts of performances.
04 Oct AsiaOne: M1 Fringe tickets at only $19 - Electronic version of the preview article in The Straits Times Life!, dated 2013-10-02. 
04 Oct herworldPlus: M1 Singapore Fringe Festival tickets at only $19 - Electronic version of the preview article in The Straits Times Life!, dated 2013-10-02.
04 Oct The Long and Winding Road: Ten years on the Fringe - Blog post about the media launch of the Fringe, held on 2013-10-01.
02 Oct The Straits Times Life! - M1 Fringe tickets at only $19 - Preview of the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2014: Art & the People
02 Oct Channel Newsasia: M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2014 to explore people’s relationship with art - Preview of the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2014: Art & the People
01 Oct Media Release: Media Launch - Media launch of the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2014: Art & the People, held at 4pm at Esplanade Recital Studio.
01 Oct TODAY: S’pore Fringe Fest’ celebrates 10th year with the ‘People’ - Preview of the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2014: Art & the People
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