One table Two Chairs (Singapore)

Studio Theatre -
Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts

  • 2023.10.20 (Fri) 8pm
    2023.10.21 (Sat) 3pm & 8pm

One table Two Chairs (Singapore)


One Table Two Chairs Creative Cultural Exchange Platform , created by Danny Yung, is inspired by the basic stage setting of traditional Chinese theater, or xiqu, where a table and two chairs on stage render abstract ideas in the highly formulated art form. The table and two chairs on the stage of xiqu can be turned into the representational forms of different locales, indoor or outdoor; different objects from a bed to a mountain; and illustrations of various human and social relationships.



On the stage of the contemporary theater, Yung’s concept of one table and two chairs evokes various kinds of experimentations and exchanges through the idea of crossing-over an expansive range of (digital) media, genres, cultural backgrounds, generations and regions.



Since 1990s, under Yung’s direction and curation, One Table Two Chairs Creative Cultural Exchange Platform (1T2C) has become a framework for cross-cultural dialogues, creative collaboration, and an approach to dialectical thinking. During the past decades, Yung’s One Table Two Chairs Creative Cultural Exchange Platform has been further developed by/through different artists and creative talents all over the world, and has given birth to many creative works that drew attention of viewing and reviewing, creating and re-creating.



On 20 & 21 October 2023, with the art-tech intervention, three outstanding IT2C theater short pieces (20 minutes each) will be presented in a triple-bill program to be held at Studio Theater, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore, for exchange and more, details please see below. The program is co-presented by Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) and Zuni Icosahedron, while Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Singapore is a main sponsor. NAFA is a founding member of University of the Arts Singapore.

  • Creative Team


    • Directors

      Danny Yung (Hong Kong)Mathias Woo (Hong Kong)Liu Xiaoyi (Singapore)

    • Performers

      Didik Nini Thowok (Yogyakarta)Makoto Matsushima (Tokyo)LIU Chun Kin (Beijing/Hong Kong)David Yeung (Hong Kong)Choy Yu Tin Martin (Hong Kong)Chuk Yin Man (Hong Kong)Carson Chung (Hong Kong)

  • Triple-bill Program


    Play 1 - Legend According to Lao Jiu

    Directed by Danny Yung (Hong Kong)

    Performed by Choy Yu Tin Martin (Hong Kong), Chuk Yin Man (Hong Kong)

    Duration: 20 minutes


    Director’s note:

    To mark the anniversary of Kuo Pao Kun’s passing, Danny Yung created the theatrical piece named, Legend According to Lao Jiu. The pioneer of Singapore theatre, Kuo Pao Kun was known for his classic, Lao Jiu, which is about a child in Singapore and his journey of searching and identifying himself. 


    Mak Yong is a traditional performing art that was banned in Malaysia. In recent years, casinos have been legalised in Singapore. Cantonese Naamyam is a traditional oral performance in Hong Kong and neighbouring areas. 


    Interspersing these unrelated elements, Danny Yung’s Legend According to Lao Jiu features three stories which form a dialogue with the story of Lao Jiu as a tribute to remember Kuo Pao Kun. 



    “The narrative of the entire play is constructed from Kuo Pao Kun’s work Lao Jiu. However, the actual performance is not limited to this… The terrifying destruction of civilization and art is viciously thrown at the audience with the phrase “killing civilization is killing oneself.”

    Hong Kong Economic Journal (Hong Kong)

    Play 2 - Tao of Water

    Directed by Mathias Woo (Hong Kong)

    Performed by Liu Chun Kin (Beijing/Hong Kong), David Yeung (Hong Kong), Carson Chung (Hong Kong)

    Duration: 20 minutes


    Adapting the AI generated voice and images of Kung Fu star Bruce Lee’s motto about water in a 20-minute theater experience, Mathias explained, “‘Best to be like water’ talks about the infiltrability of water. Western thinking is about the comparison of absoluteness, but the Tao Te Ching is about the comparison of relativeness.”


    “The performance fuses existing stage technical setup and new art-tech development of gaming software and hardware for experimentation to present “relativeness”. It incorporates various sounds and forms of water.  Many logics in the Tao Te Ching can be the ways that guide our thoughts and behaviours. Beauty coexists with ugliness, expensiveness coexists with non-expensiveness. I think this is very special.” Mathias explained.


    The play is set to experiment something new in the theatre, which can’t be conveyed through books or videos. Live performance is an immersive experience.


    Quote on the director:

    “If you want to know where the trend is, look at where Mathias Woo is.”

    Stan Lai

    Play 3 - School of Thought

    Directed by Liu Xiaoyi (Singapore)

    Performed by Didik Nini Thowok (Yogyakarta), Makoto Matsushima (Tokyo)

    Duration: 20 minutes


    Director’s note:

    School of Thought represents Liu Xiaoyi’s reflections upon the realm of artistic education. Over the span of the past two decades, Liu Xiaoyi, through the exploration of artistic education, has ceaselessly pondered the interplay between creativity and education. This work stands as an exercise stemming from these contemplations. 


    Liu Xiaoyi has enlisted the collaboration of two seasoned performing artists, Didik and Matsushima, to jointly delve into the annals of the history of body training and the evolution of the stage. Through this lens, they embark on a discourse that extrapolates upon the prospective trajectory and evolution of Asian art education. The corporeal embodiments of contemporary dance and Javanese dance draw nigh on the stage, akin to phantasms, then recede; they brush against each other, yet hesitantly recoil from full contact… Their actions appear to reflect upon their own training history, while also casting their gaze toward the future of Asian cultural exchanges. 


    Review on director’s previous 1T2C theater work:

    “A well-executed, thought-provoking diatribe on the proposed future of local arts.”

    Bakchormeeboy, Review & Critic (Singapore)


    “Post-dramatic and armed with a fiendish wit, Journey is the most aggressive piece of SG political theatre I’ve seen…”

    Edward Eng, Reviewer (Singapore)

  • Ticketing


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  • Co-presenters


    Zuni Icosahedron
  • Main Sponsor


  • Terms and Conditions


    Zuni Icosahedron reserves the right to add, withdraw or substitute artists and/ or vary advertised programmes and seating arrangements.