Embarking on Yeast
It’s difficult to start on an essay around female violence- mainly because I don’t want to believe it can exist. As a woman, perhaps I’ve also been nurtured to be conservative on that aspect: Women are, after all, upheld with a certain grace and ethic, especially in terms of family-making. I think highly of women, and identify as a woman writer. What would it mean for me to question the sanctity of a woman’s place?  About seven to eight years ago, I watched an interview by Barbara Walters with Mary
Published: 30 June 2022
CITRUS practising 101
About a year ago, 19 of us came together under the loose name of the ‘Care & Intimacy working group’. We had a rough proposal to spend the 12 months of the residency convening in smaller sub-groups, and we thought we might do some or all of these: mapping out the ‘care landscape’ in the local arts scene, organising practice sessions, and engaging with other individuals and organisations in the arts to advocate for broader and deeper adoption of care practices.  Fast forward to now (March 2022),
Published: 29 March 2022
Interview about participating in Tunjuk Arah/ Iyakkunar
Created and produced by Fezhah Maznan with the support from the National Arts Council, Tunjuk Arah/ இயக்குனர், is a developmental programme for young and experienced directors to reflect on their practice and grow and be groomed by various local and regional directors in a structured learning environment. Under the mentorship of Edith Podesta and masterclasses by Theatre practitioners in the industry, the programme hoped to develop a group of directors who are able to direct engaging and affective works
Published: 23 March 2022
Works of Brown Voices 2019 - 2022
Brown Voices was formed in 2019 as a collective of Indian theatre practitioners, comprising playwrights, directors and performers. Since then, its members have gone on to stage 7 different works, ranging from dramatized readings, audio tours, installations and even a digital museum. Follow their journey as a collective below!
Published: 23 March 2022
South Asian Playwrights
As an introductory reading list, we’ve listed some of the fellow ‘brown voices’ outside of Singapore, from whom the Brown Voices draw inspiration. This is thus an incomplete list of contemporary South Asian playwrights, prepared partly in consultation with this listing from UC Berkeley.
Published: 23 March 2022
Workshops on ‘Indianness’, National Allegory and Myths - A conversation between Hemang and Vithya from Brown Voices
Under the Co-Lab Residency, Vithya Subramaniam and Hemang Yadav facilitated several workshops between August and October 2021, based on their own research and writing interests. Vithya ran More Than a Red Dot as a two-session in-person workshop on unpacking ‘Singaporean Indianness’ through objects. Hemang ran Nation and Writing: Using the National Allegory in Playwriting as well as Making the Myth Mine as distinct online workshops for playwrights to explore the national allegory and myths as inspiration and
Published: 23 March 2022
Question & Answer with Critical Ecologies!
In this Q&A segment, the team got to ask (and answer) a set of 2 questions from their fellow members. The first round of questions were more casual, with the follow up questions a bit more specific and conceptual.
Published: 4 October 2021
The Critical Ecologies Crossword
Try your hand at cracking some of the words and phrases that have been used frequently by the working team during their six-month residency period!
Published: 10 September 2021
Critical Ecologies: An Introduction to a Collective of Critics
Dance dramaturg and writer Nia Agustina glances around the room behind her, saying: “It’s hard to find something here because it’s not my home!” Nia is not in her usual spot at home in the cultural hub of Yogyakarta – she’s in Lampung, a province on the southernmost tip of Sumatra, on a performance tour with choreographer and long-time collaborator Ayu Permatasari. The remaining 11 of us, packed into our Zoom room in tiny adjacent squares, wait with bated breath. Nia finally offers up a small bowl, holding
Published: 1 September 2021

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