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Coming Soon: “This Placement” by Teater Ekamatra (UPDATED)

September 24, 2012

Event: “This Placement” by Teater Ekamatra
Venue: 29 Paya Lebar Road, Former Geylang Fire Station
Run: 27th – 29th Sept 2012 (8pm – 930pm)

Teater Ekamatra presents a new work called “This Placement” by their Associate Artist Irfan Kasban, who is both the writer and director of this piece.

“This Placement” is a site-specific work at a very interesting location known as 29 Paya Lebar Road, Former Geylang Fire Station.

Should be the first time there for most of us.

To quote from the media release:

“A city is never complete…
No space to run, no place to hide. No. No. No. No memories to hold, no memories to be told.
No eye to eye. No heart to heart. No fires. No one. Nobody. Nobody. Nobody. Nobody really here.
Just songs of migrating birds passing by. Just symphonies of metal, concrete and glass.
Just echoes of silent discontent.
This content, displaced.

This Placement is a site-specific work that examines and explores the architecture of home.

Inspired by Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities and Kuo Pao Kun’s Descendants of the Eunuch Admiral, the work discovers that for a city to remain a home, one has to travel away, to reinforce its ideals, making the idea of home even more vivid.

With the charismatic Former Geylang Fire Station as the point of confluence, artists and audience are invited to create a micro-city to explore their displacement.

A central component of This Placement is its collaborative nature.

An open call was made to anyone who has felt frustration with calling their home a home; anyone with a passion to give, take and share; and anyone who wanted to try for change.

Respondents included actors, musicians, artists, designers, singers, dancers etc – anyone from all walks of life were welcomed to audition.

The work was then built around the unique contributions made from the gifts of these individuals, threaded together by Irfan Kasban.

It was also an opportunity for Irfan to share with the community the rich experience gained from La MaMa.

These included approaching site-specific work, musicality, vocal work, Meyerhold Techniques and Noh theatre traditions.”

This production also marks Irfan’s first presentation since attending the month-long “International Symposium for Directors” at La Mama in July this year.

Cast includes Daphne Ong, Izzaty Ishak, Moses Tan, Nabilah Said, Sharon Frese, Rachel Poh, Ellison Tan, Alexandre Thio, Safia Hanifah, Ruzaini Rashid, Eleanor Tan, Isabella Chiam, Yanni Sumarno, Ng Yuhui, Farah Ong, and others.

Tickets are priced at S$20 and can be purchased by calling +65 6323 5443 or +65 9004 3803, or emailing

Audience capacity is limited at the Former Geylang Fire Station so audiences are encouraged to purchase their tickets prior to the performances as limited tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

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