Flowers of Lamentations: Poppy Tears

Flowers of Lamentations: Poppy Tears by The Arts Fission Company.
 
We attended the performance put together by The Arts Fission Company recently. Choreographed & Directed by Angela Liong, we were in for an unexpected surprise!

Performed as part of the "Flowers of Lamentation Series", Poppy Tears created a new benchmark for this series. In collaboration with phunk studio & designer Brandon Tay, the dancers recreated scenes of struggle, pain, hallucinations & eventual death. Working with graphic projections this time, the added effect enhanced the presentation by leaps while creating a stunning visual treat for all the guests!

The poppy plant has a direct relation with Opium, which linked up thoughts of illusions, unreal possibilities, conflicts, false assurance & fantasies which the dancers executed perfectly over the 8 acts.  Scheduled over 3 nights (19-21 August 2010) at the Black Box at National Library (Bugis), the company opened the dance to a full house nightly. It was almost overcrowding on the closing night!
 

Our favourite solo has to be Bobbi Chen’s role of a mysterious & seductive courtesan. Bobbi was at her top form and remained consistent throughout the series. Her dramatic moves left deep impressions with the audience. For now, allow us to take you on a pictorial journey with us to relive the energy from the performance.

We Rated This Performance:  9/10

 
(Picture Courtesy: Shutter Journey (Singapore) Professional Photography Team
– Allan Lee (Chief Photographer), Tan Yoke Ling, Celestina Kweng, Sheladina Joseph, Julaiha Batch, Wendy Leong, Ang Choo Wee & Prime Tambayong.
– For More Photographs, please visit http://ourshutterjourney.spaces.live.com/


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About The ARTS FISSION Company (ARTS FISSION) 
ARTS FISSION is a Singapore based dance laboratory with the vision to rekindle human spirit by a new genre of dance theatre informed by Asian traditions, cultures, and aesthetics.  Poised in Southeast Asia, ARTS FISSION creates its dance works in sync with the pulses of new Asia.  Poised in Southeast Asia, ARTS FISSION creates its dance works in sync with the pulses of new Asia under the artistic direction of Angela Liong, Cultural Medallion (Dance) recipient.

Many of ARTS FISSION’s original creations are acute responses to the emerging contemporary Asian identity amidst the rapid developing urban environment.   These works aim to experiment and reinvent vernacular gesture and movement into a new dance vocabulary that cross-references between urban Asia and old Asia.  This artistic direction marks ARTS FISSION with a distinct dance profile. The company has presented over 50 full-length productions locally and internationally to date.
 

ARTS FISSION, SINGAPORE – CREATING A [new] GENRE OF ASIAN DANCE THEATRE
126 Cairnhill Road, #01-07/09 and #03-03/04 Singapore 229707 | Tel: +65 62386469 | Fax: +65 6235 4642

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13 August, 2010, Singapore – The Association for Media Owners Singapore (AMOS) has launched a website, www.amos.org.sg

 

A corporate representation of the AMOS’ mission and objectives, the website provides a members’ listing, Association functions and highlights relevant activities such as industry workshops.

 

AMOS currently has 19 full members and three associate members in Singapore including some of the Republic’s largest media owners and other influential media houses.

 

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For more information about the website or for details on membership or other activities AMOS, contact Vivienne at corporate@vantage-ms.com or at (65) 6324 4828

 

 

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Flowers of Lamentation: POPPY TEARS

 
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Flowers of Lamentation: POPPY TEARS

Presented by The ARTS FISSION Company

 

19 – 21 August 2010 (08:30pm)

Drama Centre Black Box @ National Library

 

 

The poppy flower conjures up stunning images of time past and present:

bygone empires in distant lands; smoke-filled dens and war cannons

spitting thunderous black clouds.  Amidst fresh poppy fields sprout

soldiers and militia with machine guns. These are no hallucination but

real-life events taking place today.

 

How could fragile beauty harbor such violence and destruction?

 

POPPY TEARS is a new collaborative performance between ARTS FISSION Choreographer Angela Liong and the art & design collective, :phunk (hail as one of Asia’s most hip and provocative design collectives).

 

Merging contemporary dance with music from Afghanistan, Syria, and Persia, and cutting-edge graphics through multi-angle projections that carved intriguing theatre space, the performance compresses fractured narrative from the everyday and the imagined to present a movement story from the realm of dreams.

 

 

Performance concept: 

The performance begins at the Drama Centre Black Box lobby with a huge tent that casts patterned shadows on the floor.  A DJ spins traditional music for the dance.  The audience is then guided through a mini maze like path to enter into the pitch dark theatre where they are greeted with multimedia visual narrative. 

 

The black box theatre is staged like a dark gallery to accommodate slow milling of the audience.  They can choose to take up their own vantage points around the performing area either by standing or sitting on the floor.   They can also rove slowly to change their viewing angles throughout the performance. 

 

The presentation format aims to give the audience a physical spatial sensation that is intimate and enclosing.  The near proximity of the projection and performers with the audience at the same time provides a highly charged experience similar to standing in a club’s dance floor with moving lights and visual images and sound vibration as the performance unfolds.     

EVENT INFORMATION

Event name

Flowers of Lamentation: POPPY TEARS

Genre (Music, Theatre, Dance, etc.)

Contemporary Dance

Date(s)

19 – 21 August 2010

Time(s)

08:30:00 PM

Venue

Drama Centre Black Box @ National Library

Ticket prices

$19.00 – $35

Where tickets may be purchased (SISTIC, tickets.com, etc.)

SISTIC

Website: www.sistic.com.sg

Hotline: (65) 6348 5555

Enquiry tel line (if applicable)

6238 6469 / tafcl@singnet.com.sg

“The Arts Fission Company is Singapore’s blossoming performing arts scene at its best

—innovative, eclectic, willing to take risks, richly human.”

Brian Mertens, WINGSPAN ANA Magazine

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About The Arts Fission Company (TAFC)

ARTS FISSION is a Singapore based dance laboratory with the vision to rekindle human spirit by a new genre of dance theatre informed by Asian traditions, cultures, and aesthetics.  Poised in Southeast Asia, ARTS FISSION creates its dance works in sync with the pulses of new Asia. 

 

Many of ARTS FISSION’s original creations are acute responses to the emerging contemporary Asian identity amidst the rapid developing urban environment.   These works aim to experiment and reinvent vernacular gesture and movement into a new dance vocabulary that cross-references between urban Asia and old Asia.  This artistic direction marks ARTS FISSION with a distinct dance profile. The 16-year-old company has presented over 60 full-length productions locally and internationally to date. www.artsfission.org

 

 

About :phunk

Described as The Champion of Singapore’s Graphic Scene, :phunk began its life in 1994 when its members were fellow design students of LASALLE College of the Arts.

 

:phunk has propagated a visual signature that seamlessly blends and reinterprets their diverse influences such as traditional Chinese mythology, craft, philosophy and folklore, Hong Kong wuxia, Japanese manga and otaku subculture, Western popular culture, art and design movements into a singular creative thought that reflects their multi-cultural identity, background and environment. The concept of "universality" in the age of modern globalization is a constant theme in their works.

 

 

About Brandon Tay

Brandon Tay is a motion designer and interactive designer for non-web spaces based in Melbourne and Singapore. With 6 years commercial experience in the field of music videos, motion graphics, and visual programming, he has worked with music video collective KROZM on clips for bands like Cut Copy, Van She and the Midnight Juggernauts. He has also worked on commercial projects for MTV Asia, Sci-Fi Channel and Animax. In Singapore, he has created the visual accompaniment for bands like the Observatory and participated in the Singapore Design Festival 2009.

 

He has worked on projects with noted media artists Ulf Langheinrich and Gina Czarneki on large- scale media installation works. A project “LAND” which he assisted Langheinrich with has been featured among others, the Liverpool Biennial and the Shanghai EArts festival 2009.