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Theatre review: The Next Page pays tongue-in-cheek tribute to The Arts House

Published on Mar 27, 2014 10:48 AM
 
Quotes, a performance by Cake Theatrical Productions, with an outdoor light show by Brian Gothong Tan, lighting up The Arts House at its 10th anniversary party, on March 26, 2014. There is a kind of bittersweetness to The Arts House's 10th anniversary celebrations. -- PHOTO: THE ARTS HOUSE

There is a kind of bittersweetness to The Arts House's 10th anniversary celebrations.

On the one hand, the celebrations mark a significant milestone. At the same time, it is the closing of a chapter, as the building takes on a different identity from this year, as the Arts Festival Limited enters its premises.

The performance and visual installation that takes over the historic Old Parliament House this week is well aware of Singapore's fluid artistic history. Names change, identities shift and ownerships switch as the years unfold. The Next Page keeps a firm eye on that evolutionary process.

A loose collective of artists and arts groups, including The Finger Players and Cake Theatrical Productions, has created various site-specific performances in and around The Arts House that reimagine its 10-year history, to tongue-in-cheek and self-deprecating effect.

 
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