The Lesson: A Workshop
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National Gallery Singapore
Level 2, City Hall Wing
‘The Lesson: A Workshop’ begins with an experiential encounter. The Lesson is a participatory theatre piece that explores land issues and democratic processes in Singapore.
In any place where land is limited, space – both physical and psychological – comes at a premium. The Lesson asks questions about what forces are at work in shaping our space and whether there is enough space for a shared heterotopia. The audience of The Lesson is presented with a scenario whereby the city has made plans for the development of an old housing estate. However, there is little space left, and therefore an existing facility in the area must be demolished. What will stay and what will go? The audience enters this scenario and participates in the decision-making process. Under the guidance of the facilitators, the audience will learn about the costs, risks, stakes and sacrifices that come with creating a community.
The experience is then followed by a dialogue and discussion exploring the aesthetic qualities of participatory work, so as to provide a glimpse into the dramaturgical structure of such works.
The Lesson was first performed at the Singapore International Festival of Arts 2015 to critical acclaim. As part of the trilogy ‘It Won’t Be Too Long,’ the impactful participatory performance was lauded by local media as one of the best productions of 2015.
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