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Platform Series: Journeys, A Double Bill
Synopsis

PLATFORM SERIES: JOURNEYS is a double-bill featuring two solo shows by upcoming and promising artistes, Erwin Shah and Kimberly Chan.

KULIT ON THE GO
Written and performed by Erwin Ismail Shah
Directed by Richard Tan


"…a study in authenticity as he showed how one made do with less, happily." - The Straits Times

From farm to fashion, KULIT ON THE GO reveals the heart and art in leather crafting. In a materialistic world preoccupied with consumerism, an artisan stays afloat in business by traveling to his customers to produce custom-made orders. Despite his attempts to redefine luxury goods through this vanishing trade, society had other plans for him.

KULIT ON THE GO is a collaborative work first created by Erwin Shah Ismail and director Richard Tan as a 20-minute monologue commissioned by Teater Ekamatra's Projek Suitcase in 2016. Following its premiere, this work has toured at Sa//Rong Fair and Fete 2016 by Forest Child, the LASALLE Solo Festival 2017 and at Gateway's Opening Festival 2017. This success has spurred the team to further develop the piece for GenerAsia's PLATFORM SERIES: JOURNEYS.

IN HER SHOES
Written and performed by Kimberly Chan
Directed by Samantha Scott-Blackhall
Musical arrangements by Aloysius Foong


IN HER SHOES, written and performed by triple-threat show monkey extraordinaire, Kimberly Chan, is a sole-baring journey that touches those soft-spot conundrums of a being a woman. Together with award-winning Singaporean director Samantha Scott-Blackhall, Chan sets out to explore the trauma and jubilations of love, as she walks those beaten paths embodied by several pairs of shoes.

A developing piece of work looking to tour future international festivals, this piece also sees Chan collaborating with accomplished contemporary pianist and classical music maestro, Aloysius Foong to present masterful rearrangements of familiar songs and tunes from Stevie Wonder, Lake Street Dive to the musical classics of Kander & Ebb.

Through story, song and dance, and aided by her womanly instincts, this monologue is as an honest reminder to those around her (as well as herself) to embrace the different angles of love - the great, the down right awful, and the forgotten in-betweens.

First of its kind for GenerAsia, PLATFORM SERIES is a production that presents and hones the works of young talents beyond the stage. This production engages a young and promising production team as well as creatives and provides a mentor for each lead production personnel (stage management, lighting design, sound engineering, etc). This year, we have sound engineering veteran Mr Shah Tahir and esteemed lighting designer Mr Tony Kam (Assistant Director of Technical Theatre Association of Singapore) as our production's mentors. GenerAsia hopes that PLATFORM SERIES will be a holistic starting point of a legacy of Asian works, both on and off stage.

Start Sales Date

Internet:
7 Dec 2017, 9am

Other Channels:
7 Dec 2017, 10am

Language
  • English with smattering of Mandarin, Malay, Hokkien & Singlish
Duration

Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes
(with a 15min Interval)

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Rating / Age Limit

  • No admission for children 3 years and below & Infant in arms.
  • Admission for children 3 years and above must purchase a ticket for entry
  • Admission is subject to tickets produced at the entrance

Photography / Video Recording Rules

  • No Photography, Video recording and Audio recording is permitted for this event

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Erwin Shah Ismail - Playwright / Performer / Crafter

Erwin Shah Ismail is the first male Singaporean to graduate from LASALLE College of the Arts’ BA (Honours) Acting in 2011. From then on, he has performed in over 35 professional theatre productions, including shows toured in Malaysia, Philippines, Scotland and Peru. He has also done over 15 screen work productions on film and television including networks like AXN, HBO Asia and MediaCorp. Erwin has established himself not only as a trilingual actor but a voice-over artist, singer, musician, host and playwright. He has been nominated twice for Best Supporting Actor at the Life! Theatre Awards in 2013 and 2015, for his role as Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet (W!ld Rice) and Grasshopper in The Ant & The Grasshopper (ITheatre) respectively. Erwin is endorsed and supported by Ukulele Movement. When not performing, he is a leather crafter and has created a custom leather goods label with the same name #kulitonthego on social media.

Richard Tan - Director

Richard has been grooming young artistes since he was Artistic Director (Dance) of SAF Music Drama Company. With over 20 years of National Day Parades, he has choreographed and directed numerous cultural troupes for Chingay Parades and has contributed to The Singapore Arts Festival. He founded Dance Circle Studios and is currently Artistic Director of The Main Wayang Company. As Chairman of GenerAsia Limited, he initiated the Peranakan Arts Festival, where he wrote and directed the musical comedy, Bibik Behind BarsKena Again. Having directed Kulit On The Go, Richard is delighted to humbly find his way back to the basic craft of stage performance.

Kimberly Chan - Actor / Dancer / Singer / Playwright

Kimberly is a triple threat who graduated with First Class Honours from LASALLE College of the Arts in Musical Theatre in 2014.

Trained in Spanish Dance, Flamenco, Tap & Jazz, she has taught workshops and classes for schools and companies in Singapore such as DreamStage (by Dream Academy), Rose Borromeo Spanish Dance Company, Lasalle College of the Arts, AQ Studios, Jitterbugs Swingapore as well as, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.  She was also an instructor at Jazzdufunk in Shanghai. In addition to teaching, Kimberly has choreographed for various schools and productions such as VVVV (Meridian Junior College), Beauty World (National University Singapore - CAPT),  A Christmas Cabaret (Sightlines Entertainment), Our Time (Yellow Chair Productions), Elephant & Piggie’s - We’re in a Play (The Players Theatre). Since graduation, Kimberly has performed in various theatre shows such as: High Class and Hotpants (The Presenting Company), Pintu Pagar (Generasia), Club Malam (SIFA - The Open), Three Billy Goats, Treasure Island (SRT - The Little Company), George’s Marvelous Medicine, The Witches, Hansel & Gretel, Coraline (The Players Theatre), Monkey Goes West (W!ldrice), Detention Katong (Dream Academy) & most recently, The Great Wall - One Woman’s Journey, by Glowtape Productions.
Samantha Scott-Blackhall - Director

Samantha believes good directors bring the stage to life, but great ones make the audience come alive. She strives to do just that. Her works The Physicists, Quills, Freud’s Last Session and Lord of the Flies received awards for direction, production, design and performance and is fondly remembered by those who watched it. Samantha is a multi-dimensional artist, working not only theatre, but also entrepreneurship and film. She founded Blank Space Theatre in 2007 which has since received exemplary critical and audience reviews from productions such as Das Experiment: Black Box, Freud’s Last Session and Red. In 2007, she made her film debut with the short film Turning Ten, which was one of five winning short films from the Asia Pacific region and as a director she continues to continues to cast her net with film Production and Advertising companies alike. Samantha is also a Theatre educator and has had the opportunity to teach and mentor emerging talent in LASALLE College of the Arts, SOTA and NAFA. Her love for storytelling and working with actors to share just that ignites her passion in this ever-growing, creatively charged market.
Aloysius Foong - Music composer / Music arranger

Aloysius started his classical music training at LASALLE. He was awarded the prestigious McNally Award for Excellence in the Arts as well as a Bachelor in Arts (Classical Music Piano Performance) with First Class Honors. He later went on to Birmingham Conservatoire in the United Kingdom, from where he graduated with a Masters in Music with Distinction and was awarded the MMUS Prize Award for Excellence in Academics. Aloysius won the first prize in the Edward Brooks English Song Prize 2012 accompaniment category held in Birmingham. Aloysius is also a frequent repetiteur for opera productions such as Singapore Lyric Opera’s The Merry Widow (2014), Pagliacci/Gianni Schicchi - double bill (2015), Turandot (2016) and Les Elisir d’Amore (2017), Opera Viva’s The Flying Dutchman (2016), and Orchestra of Music Makers’ Hansel and Gretel (2017). He also performs with choirs such as Singapore Lyric Opera Children’s Choir and various school choirs. He has also acted as musical director for opera company L’Arietta in Zombie Operacalypse! (2016), The Four Note Opera (2017) and Purgatory (2017).

He is also active in the musical theatre scene, having done several productions including Forbidden City, The Last Five Years, Our Time - A Musical Revue, A Chorus Line, The Great Wall - A Woman’s Journey, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee for various organisations including SRT, Pangdemonium and LASALLE College of the Arts. He currently works as a Lecturer in LASALLE College of the Arts, helping to mould the next generation of musicians and musical theatre actors/singers.
“…a really tightly directed performance, and one you’ll have to catch.” - Bakchormeeboy, 1 Dec 2016
 
“…a study in authenticity as he showed how one made do with less, happily.” - The Straits Times, 5 Dec 2016
 
Berita Harian Newspaper Preview, 29 Nov 2016 
 
The Straits Times Newspaper Preview, 4 Jul 2017
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Event Date
Fri, 2 - Sat, 3 Feb 2018

2 Feb 2018: 8.00pm
3 Feb 2018: 3.00pm & 8.00pm

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Standard: S$39
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