Vortice Voyeur: From the Water Station, Ota Shogo

 

Late Japanese playwright Ota Shogo brought Water Station to us. A play that meditates on the relationship between human beings and natural elements. I wonder if we had the natural ability to embrace organic elements? Especially during the pandemic, how could human beings deal with digitally organic elements thrown at them?

In Water Station, the running tap is a consistent motif that links all characters together. We wonder if we could strip the "tap" down to just the texture of water movement in Vortice Voyeur.

All characters in the play are in a common ennui. We are interested in portraying the ennui with one moving body.

With this, coupled with the pandemic, we also attempt to investigate the notion of live theatre. We will perform and present the piece live from The Substation Theatre with no physical audience. Audiences will "peep" into the space through screens of their viewing devices and let our live elements (visuals and sounds) fill their senses, hopefully like a live theatre production.

A talk back session will be carried out in the The Substation Theatre space.

Singapore performance collective World-in-Theatre initiated this project with the aim to present this world theatre of Ota Shogo in digitally mediated 21st century.

Performance artist Chen Jiexiao, Visual artist Urich Lau, music artist Andy Yang, set designer Eve Tan joined hands with me on this creative endeavour.

Richard Chua Lian Choon.

Picture by Jun Years

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