26 Oct 2018, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
SAtheCollective presents their latest offering as part of their ETHNI-CITY series. At its essence, the project aims to celebrate the meeting of diverse cultures. While Singapore’s diverse setting has given its people a basic understanding and tolerance for other races, our belief is that all our cultures can attain to an even greater state of congruence. By using the universal language of music, ETHNI-CITY is at once both a reflection of the current state of Singapore society, as well as a hopeful depiction of a brighter future.
ETHNI-CITY is a collaborative project between SA and artists from different ethnic backgrounds. The project welcomes all sorts of art practitioners, from musicians to dancers, calligraphers, and more. Each show is unique as we are constantly innovating new ways to assimilate one another’s arts and cultures. In the processes of preparing for and executing the show, SA and our collaborators hope to be able to investigate and steer Singapore’s cultural identity in the direction of transculturalism. ETHNI-CITY is intended for restaging both locally and internationally.
Even in a multiracial country like Singapore, the ethnic arts is often misunderstood as a form of tradition. Our project aims to broaden the definition of the ethnic arts such that they may be contemporary, without fear of any sort of restraint. After all, as society progresses, so should our arts. ETHNI-CITY is a platform for artists of different backgrounds to share knowledge of their roots, technique, technology, aesthetic, and ideas. We believe that by dedicating a space to positive collaboration, the distance between our different ethnic groups may be bridged, and stronger ties may form between us, human to human.
ETHNI-CITY III – “Kali Yuga” Synopsis
Kali Yuga is the latest installment of ETHNI-CITY, and it’s slated to be held this October. It’s name is inspired by Sanskrit scripture and the Mahabharata.
Our multidisciplinary work is designed with the hope of raising awareness to the pervasive powers that corrupt, control, and detach human beings from one another and Mother Nature. To counter that, we believe that by channeling energy to people, and by using technology in our art-making, that people will be able to rediscover their autonomy, the first of a butterfly effect that would ultimately allow Man, Nature and Technology to coexist with one another.
We are SAtheCollective, a non-profit, interdisciplinary and multicultural performing arts company. A highly collaborative organisation, our approach is to seek out like-minded artists to redefine the boundaries of creativity through interdisciplinary and trans-cultural practices. We hope to imbue the lives of people with a refreshing sense of aesthetic through our community of practice.
While the company is based in Singapore, we work internationally with collaborators and festivals all over the world. We are formed of the following sub-units: SA, an experimental music trio defined by a mix of ethnic instruments and electronics; Little Creatures, a performing arts driven initiative to immerse children 8 years and below in a space where they can explore and play with sounds. We also regularly host our own brand of get-togethers with our communities. Based in our studio Third Space, we host SA Studio Sessions, where we invite other artists over for a creative exchange of ideas; and Open Jam Sessions, where we extend the invitation to the public, giving audiences the opportunity to interact up close with our artists. Apart from music making, we are also known for curating our own brand of performance series’, with our most notable project being ETHNI-CITY, an ode to Singapore’s multicultural milieu.
SAtheCollective Ltd is a recipient of the National Arts Council’s Seed Grant for the period from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2019.
Producer/Director/Musician Andy Chia (SA)
Musicians Natalie Tse (SA), Govin Tan (SA), Andy Yang,
Sai Akilesh, Sai Vignesh, Brian O’Reilly
Visual Artist Aqilah Misuary
Movement Artists Sufri Juwahir, Sheriden Newman
Lighting Designer Alberta Wileo
Producer Mohamad Shaifulbahri
Artistic Adviser Dr. Timothy O’Dwyer
Venue Flexible Performance Space, LASALLE College of the Arts
1 McNally Street, Singapore 187940
Dates & Times 26 October 2018 / 8pm
27 October 2018 / 3pm & 8pm
Ticketing Details Free (with Reservation) / www.ethni-cityiii.peatix.com
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LASALLE, Flexible Performance Space
1 McNally Street
Block F Level 1 #F101