This workshop does not only train on basic performing skills but focuses on deconstructing ideas and acts as an exchange platform that incubates creativity and speculation. The workshop is based on six creativity elements – body, sound and music, space, technology, symbol, and structure – plus critique as the footnote. The workshop explores the relationship between theatre training and creativity and searches for the boundary between the identities of creators, researchers, and critics.
6+1 workshop is conducted by Liu Xiaoyi, artistic director of Emergency Stairs, who has worked with experimental theatre maestro Danny Yung for over ten years. Borrowing Danny Yung’s perspective of watching the theatre, we explore the possibilities of creative practices.
• Date: 18 April – 18 May (Every Tuesdays and Thursdays)*
• Time: 7.30pm-10.30pm
• Venue: Sheung Wan
• Fee: $1,000**
• Target: age 18-35, with at least one year of experience in art
• Application deadline: 18 March 2023
**The workshop fee will be fully refundable for participants with 80% or more attendance.
• The workshop will be conducted in Cantonese/ Mandarin
• Limited quota. Screening might be conducted in late March. Successful applicants will be informed.
• Body training, collective work, two-way critique
• Case study of Danny Yung and Zuni Icosahedron’s theatrical productions
• One-on-one consultation, rehearsals
18 Apr: Body
20 Apr: Sound and Music
25 Apr: Space
27 Apr: Technology
2 May: Symbol
4 May: Structure
9 May: Body and Symbol
11 May: Sound and Music and Structure
16 May: Space and Technology
18 May: Showcase
About the tutor
Artist-in-residence of Zuni Icosahedron, Artistic Director of the Singapore arts group Emergency Stairs.
In 2016, Xiaoyi received the Young Artist Award awarded by the National Arts Council of Singapore. As a committed practitioner with a desire to push artistic boundaries, he is regarded as a promising figure at the forefront of the experimental theatre scene in Asia.
A multi-talented artist, Xiaoyi was involved in over 70 theatre productions as a director, playwright, and actor over the past two decades. As a director, the cornerstones of Xiaoyi’s oft-lauded but controversial work are unsurprisingly experimentation, introspection, and poetry. Between 2017 and 2019, he created three new works under his Postdramatic Series that challenged the often-sacred theatre traditions here by introducing a new exploratory theatre format to the discomfort of his audiences.
Xiaoyi has also been actively promoting dialogues and creation across cultural and geographical lines for many years, particularly the exchange between traditional and contemporary art forms. As the Artistic Director, Xiaoyi has curated the Southernmost Project, an annual, first-of-its-kind “arts festival for the future” in Singapore since 2017. The inter-cultural festival has regularly brought prominent artists across the region to Singapore for exchange.
An educator at heart, Xiaoyi has started and helmed several talent development platforms – the Practice Lab, Emergency Shelter, and most recently, the Emergency Academy. He also founded the first Chinese theatre review platform, the Re-Viewers (眾觀), in response to the dearth of critical writing in Singapore.