September 2018 - This November,
September 2018 – This November, theatre-makers Thong Pei Qin and Dr. Nidya Shanthini Manokara invite audience to BITTEN: return to our roots (BITTEN), a site-specific theatrical journey at Kampong Bugis, to uncover memories and histories buried within the old Kallang Gasworks and the community that once thrived around it.
BITTEN features previously unknown stories of past residents and workers in Kampong Bugis from diverse origins and cultures – including the creator’s own grandparents who had strong connections with the area. These stories as well as their own shared experiences of dengue fever led the two to create BITTEN. Sharing the same dengue-infected blood, the two friends were curious about the kinds of connections which bind people beyond blood relations and across cultures.
Following a successful showing at the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2017 and a developmental phase under Centre 42’s Basement Workshop, Director Thong Pei Qin (When the Cold Wind Blows, Step Outta Line) and Choreographer Dr. Nidya Shanthini Manokara (Wandering Women, Becoming Mother) bring their unique blend of multi-disciplinary theatre to Kampong Bugis through BITTEN. These stories of Kampong Bugis will be told through verbatim theatre and a fusion of bharata natyam and contemporary dance. It will also be performed mainly in English, with a mixture of Tamil and Mandarin.
These stories will be brought to life by performers Seong Hui Xuan (Rent, Tropicana The Musical, The Last Bull: A Life In Flamenco) and Malene Thani (Rayil Sneham, Kalaba Kadhala, Adukku Veetu Annasamy). Together with dancers, the versatile ensemble will bring the audience on a journey through Kampong Bugis, fusing multiple theatrical styles to reflect the multitude of stories that span across generations and cultures.
Throughout this journey, the audience will encounter sites including the 130-year-old Sri Manmatha Karuneshvarar Temple, the mysterious banyan tree at Kallang Riverside Park and the iconic Kallang Gasworks Holder that is gazetted as a historic site by the National Heritage Board. The journey will end at the former Sam Tat building, an old storage warehouse that is now home to the eclectic Camp Kilo. Here, the audience can enjoy a curated exhibition on the history of Kampong Bugis.
Poignant and itch-inducing, BITTEN invites audience into a curious world abuzz with rich Singaporean cultures, the supernatural, and multiple truths. It looks closer at what fundamentally roots and bonds all of us, in our generation’s attempts to reconnect with our cultures and lineage, and to form friendships across cultures, at the mercy of dropping blood platelet counts.
For media enquiries, please contact
Name Thong Pei Qin
Contact No. 92212483
Email [email protected]
Director Thong Pei Qin
Choreographer Dr. Nidya Shanthini Manokara
Cast Seong Hui Xuan
Exhibition Curator Erika Poh
Exhibition Designer Mark Benedict Cheong
Sound Designer Sandra Tay
Multimedia Designer Yusri Shaggy Sapari
Costume Designer Lavanya Dave
Research Dramaturg Ang Xiao Ting
Hair & Make-Up Artists Henriette Hillary
24 November 11am, 2pm, 6pm
25 November 11am, 2pm, 6pm
1 December 11am, 2pm, 6pm
2 December 11am, 2pm, 6pm
Standard Ticket: $35.00 (No Booking Fee)
Tickets are available here: bittenroots.wordpress.com
For SCHOOL and GROUP BOOKINGS*, please contact us at [email protected]
More information of project here: (https://bittenroots.wordpress.com)
Social Media Links: (www.facebook.com/bitten2018/) & (https://www.instagram.com/bittenroots/)
November 24 (Saturday) 11:00 am - December 2 (Sunday) 6:00 pm
Kampong Bugis (including Sri Manmatha Karuneshvarar Temple and Charcoal Camp Kilo)
226 Kallang Rd, 339096