This morning, we found a curious letter in our emailbox. It came from the, ahem, mysterious local art collective Black Baroque Committee and it was a response to artist Lee Wen’s not-so-recent response to a letter published in the Straits Times that was a response to a not-so-recent news report in response to Loo Zihan’s Cane, which was a response to Josef Ng’s Brother Cane.
The group obviously took their time crafting a collective response but hey, better late than never right?
Below is their open letter in full. Alternatively, you can read it in their blog here. Continue reading ‘Black Baroque Committee’s letter to Lee Wen!’
The pre-show buzz surrounding it had reached pre-Oscars level. No, it wasn’t quite hysteria, but in certain circles of the art community it came pretty damn close.
For months, Loo Zihan’s Cane – a purported re-enactment of Josef Ng’s Brother Cane – came under fire from many regarding, among other things, questions of authenticity and validity, of selling out (although, yes, literally it did “sell out” as a ticketed show), of whether it’s performance art or theatre.
It got to a point last week where Loo himself had to issue a “love letter” explaining his actions; the critical hoohah got picked up and regurgitated by the national newspaper; someone wrote in saying it shouldn’t be allowed because “cutting pubic hair again” was “silly, weird and crude”; and a respected artist – who’s been actively blogging about the issue – came up with an awesome rebuttal.
The thing is, no one actually knew what was going to happen.
Later this week, Loo will be putting up the video documentation of the Singapore version of Cane online. In the meantime, here’s what I saw over at The Substation theatre tonight. And contrary to the performance’s detractors, it was not just about doing Brother Cane all over again. Continue reading ‘S’pore Fringe Fest 2012! Cane! `Nuff said!’
If last night’s Rooted In The Ephemeral Speak session is anything to go by, audiences at the performance art festival Future Of Imagination 7 — which kicks off later tonight and runs until Sunday – will be assured of some pretty interesting, riveting stuff.
Shoes and socks were thrown around, some whacking courtesy of a palm branch, and a body bruised in a “triple-bill” that took the impressively sizeable audience at Goodman Arts Centre on an emotional rollercoaster ride within a brief span of time.
The first two, Gisela Hochuli and Francis O’Shaughnessy, are also participating in FOI7, while Loo Zihan presented a Josef Ng “reenactment” that served as a kind of teaser to his Singapore Fringe Fest performance next year.
Continue reading ‘R.I.T.E.S.! Loo Zihan does a Josef Ng! And then some!’
By now I’m sure you’ve heard that one of the highlights at next year’s M1 Singapore Fringe Festival is Loo Zihan’s one-night-only performance Cane, a re-enactment/investigation of Josef Ng’s 1993 protest piece Brother Cane.
At yesterday’s press conference, we caught an excerpt of Loo’s performance of an earlier version in Chicago. We were so stoked that we just had to share this video with you.
Continue reading ‘S’pore Fringe Fest 2012! Cane or not? Videos!’