By Penny K
The M1 Fringe Festival returns for the 7th year from 5 to 16 January 2011. Organised and curated by The Necessary Stage, the Festival showcases works from artists of several genres, from dance to theatre and from all over the world.
Reasons why you should not miss the festival when it hits town next year:
1. You have ample time to prepare
No reason why you should miss the Festival when you have been told way in advance when and where it will be taking place. Mark your calendars, bookmark this page, visit the official website often, tie a red string around your finger – just don’t forget!
2. The 2011 festival features its strongest Asian line-up yet
Featuring artists from Japan, China, Singapore and for the first ever, India and Korea. Several works are also making their first ever appearance in the festival, with four works making their Asian premieres and 10 works their world premieres.
3. “Art and Education” is a theme we can all relate to
The theme takes a look at how art can be used as a tool to educate. Recognised for its ability to impart knowledge, art can be used to acquire new perspectives and insights to what we already know. The works at the upcoming Festival show how artists experience the learning processes as they create art. And you, as audience, stand to take away valuable, experiential lessons.
4. There’s something for everyone
In past years, the Festival’s works were rated “Virgin” or “Veteran”; “Virgin” works were those easily accessible, “Veteran” works were less so. This year, the good people behind the Festival have decided to do away with the rating system. Why? The organisers didn’t want to decide on behalf of the audience who should be audience to which works.
But looking at the Festival programme line-up, it’s not hard to imagine which works are going to be for the “Virgin” and which better suited for the “Veteran”. Check out Penny’s Daybook’s rating of the works at the Festival below!
5. You get schooled in the human condition
Works featured in the upcoming Festival have lots to educate on the human condition. Festival highlightAnother Me:Transformations from Pain to Power by Achinto Bhadra (India) offers a glimpse into the stories of female and child survivors of abuse and abandonment. Through the artist’s photography, the survivors seek healing and empowerment via the use of imagination and identity. Another art that sheds precious light on the human condition is Okinawa Ark by Kanako Sasaki (Japan). Following its decimation during World War II, inhabitants of the prefecture of Okinawa were left homeless. A special immigration programme was formed between the Diaspora of Japanese immigrants to the US and the Bolivian government. The artist traces three generations of Japanese residents in this unique South American community – how they live and how they struggle to cling onto vestiges of their Japanese culture.
We give 2011’s theme the thumbs up; the theme and the line-up of programmes definitely excite us. Your new year resolution should include giving the M1 Fringe Festival ’11 a go!
Penny’s Daybook’s unofficial Fringe Festival ’11 “Virgin” / “Veteran” Rating
Works marked with an asterisk (*) are highly recommended
Another Me: Transformations from Pain to Power by Achinto Bhadra (India)*
School of Hard Knocks by the little dröm store (Singapore)*
Aromascape of Singapore by Maki Ueda (Japan)*
Primary 1 by Jemima Yong (Singapore / UK)*
Model Citizens by The Necessary Stage (Singapore)
A-Ma & A-Niang by Elysa Wendi & Shi Jing Xin (Singapore / China)*
Inclusively Yours by Felicia Low (Singapore)
Okinawa Ark by Kanako Sasaki (Japan)*
What Did You Learn Today? by Sean Tobin & Natalie Hennedige (Singapore)*
Something About Education But Not Exactly… by Leung Chi Wo (Hong Kong)
The Ma(r)king of Nanjing: 1937 by Nelson Chia (Singapore)*
Entre Nous by Hel’s Kitchen (Belgium)*
Orpheus Marathon by Ferenc Fehér (Hungary)
Monster by Pappas & Dancers (USA)*
Void: Utopia by Lim Shengen (Singapore)
Until the Sun Rises by Emmanuel Guillaud (France)*
Perceptio by PMP (Singapore)
This is Tomorrow by Oldfish (Korea)*
M1 Fringe Festival 2011: Art and Education – In a nutshell
Date: 5 to 16 January 2011
Venues: Esplanade, National Museum of Singapore, Singapore Art Museum, The Substation, The Arts House, ION Orchard
Public Sales: From 6 October 2010 to 16 January 2011
Ticket prices: From $19 (excluding SISTIC fee)
Tickets are available from 6 October 2010 through SISTIC hotline 6348 5555, via the SISTIC website www.sistic.com, or any SISTIC authorised agents islandwide and iNETS Mobile.
Early Bird offers from 6 October to 20 November 2010! For more details on discounts, log on to www.singaporefringe.com.