From sketch to reality, the 8th issue of The Practice Journal is finally here. We hope you will find some pleasant surprises in this issue in which we focus on the “Cultural Orphan” – a termed coined by Kuo Pao Kun in the 90s to source for one’s identity.
We invite several artists and academics to contribute their insights on this topic. Ng How Wee (local writer and academic) and Alvin Tan (Artistic Director of The Necessary Stage) share their anecdotes to this intriguing term and how it has affected them in A Cultural Orphan Lost in 2015. We are also fortunate to have an interview with T. Sasitharan (Director of Intercultural Theatre Institute) to further our understanding on the definition of the “Cultural Orphan” in Sasitharan: Cultural Orphan as a Provocation. Next, we follow Oliver Chong in his search for oneself through his artistic work, Roots in Oliver Chong: A Monologue to Complete Oneself.
In Review, Tung Ka Wai leads us in a discovery of The Elusive Reality of Theatre in his review of Six Characters In Search of An Author presented as part of Singapore International Festival of the Arts. In Exchange, Liu Xiaoyi shares with us his recent trip to “Creative Playground” – an education programme organised by Zuni Icosahedron and HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity which brings arts practitioner and government officers together in a meaningful dialogue. His observations for this trip can be found in What We Talk About When We Talk About Creativity.
We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has contributed to this issue in one way or another.
May this issue be an inspiring read for you, our dearest readers.
Continue reading on Issue 8 / December 2015:The Courage To Go Against The Current