Polyglot Theatre has enjoyed a long touring history with Singapore, and is delighted to be taking Paper Planet and Boats to the region in the next month. This is the first time that either of these works has been performed in the country.
Paper Planet unfolds at the National Gallery Singapore at the end of September, and Boats sails into Octoburst! at Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay immediately following, in early October. This is Polyglot’s first tour to the National Gallery, and Paper Planet is appearing as part of its inaugural Children’s Biennale.
Paper Planet and Boats are two of Polyglot Theatre’s world-renowned Play Space productions. These works deliver experiences that are spectacular, participatory and one-of-a-kind. They use simple materials and elegant frameworks to allow for instinctive creativity, physical engagement and fun.
Paper Planet is now in its sixth year of touring, having been first commissioned by Federation Square in Melbourne in 2011. The work invites the audience to enter the space as participants, and build the paper world of their dreams. Over multiple sessions, the durational installation work grows as Polyglot Theatre performers interact with the space and participants; each group adding their own layer of magnificent paper creatures.
Boats was also commissioned by Federation Square in Melbourne, and premiered in 2015. Influenced by the children and communities of Javanese fishing villages, the work explores their ideas behind migration and adventure. Large and colourful vessels sit idle at a central mooring place until children, brimming with imagination and energy, board and set off on an adventure across urban seascapes. The lightweight boats are propelled by a flurry of feet, with children taking charge and working as a crew to find their own path and voyage across the ‘high seas’. The tour to Octoburst! at Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay will be the first time that Boats has been presented outside Australia.
Engagement with Singapore is increasingly on the agenda for Australian arts organisations. In 2016, the Australia-Singapore Arts Group was created. It aims to strengthen cultural cooperation between Australia and Singapore, and follows both countries signing the Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the Field of Arts and Culture in 2015. Later this month, Artistic Director and co-CEO of Polyglot Theatre, Sue Giles, will be attending the Australia-Singapore Cultural Leaders’ Forum at the Adelaide Festival Centre. This is being held as part of the OzAsia 2017 Festival, in which engagement with Singapore will be a key focus.
“It is always wonderful to introduce Paper Planet to communities in which we have toured other works, and we are excited about the international premiere of Boats. We are delighted to play a role in the continuing creative and cultural exchange between Australia and Singapore, and I look forward to discussing engagement with this country with my peers at the Australia-Singapore Cultural Leaders’ Forum in Adelaide. Polyglot first toured to Singapore in 2002, and it will be interesting to hear from other arts organisations about their experiences, and to share our insights.” Sue Giles, Artistic Director and co-CEO.
Paper Planet | National Gallery, Singapore | 28 September – 1 October | Read more
Boats | Octoburst! Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, Singapore | 6-8 October | Read more