1979, Anti-Theatre, Bak Teng, Chien Swee Teng, Dark Humour, Deadpan, Debris, Demolition, Diced Meat, Diorama, Domesticity, Dramaturgy, Elderly, Expressionless, Failed Author, Fictional Biography, Gibberish, Headless Bodies, Hokkien, Installation Art, Novel, Performance, Real Estate Property, Ruins, Short Story, Spiral Repetition, Theatricality, Tragedy, Viewers as Voyeurs, Voice of the Narrator,
Adapted from a Hokkien short story by Chien Swee Teng in his 1979 novel ‘Bak Teng’ (Diced Meat), the enfant terribles of Singapore contemporary art, Vertical Submarine, invoke bittersweet tragedies of home and family with their theatrical debut. Fusing dioramas, dramaturgy, and installation art, the performance unfolds over decades within a flat. It begins with a bitchy couple who pester a young man to sell his apartment. We then hear the sounds of demolition and concrete debris falling, and an old man comes to life.
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