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Goh Lay Kuan & Kuo Pao Kun

Key Words

A Life of Practice, Amateurs in Art, Amnesia, Archive, Archiving Art, Art Practice, Buddhism, Bureaucrats and Artists, Choreographer, Contemporary Dance History, Contemporary Theatre, Dance Education, Documentary Theatre, Documenting the Arts, Engaging Cultural Memories, Ephemeral, Found Object, Freedom, Glass Ceiling, Historicisation, Mandarin Language Singapore Theatre, Metaphor, National Archives, National Museum of Singapore - Gallery Theatre, Oral History, Partners in Art and Life, Performance Disappears, Performance Remains, Performing Arts History, Pioneering, Playwright, Political Prisoner, Practice Performing Arts School, Public Responsibility, Researching Art Practice, Singapore Cultural Medallion, Singapore Dance, Singapore History, Singapore Politics, Singapore Theatre, Social Perspectives of Dance, Tenderness for the Future, The Red Ballerina, TheatreWorks 25th Anniversary Friends' Season, Traces,


She is a dancer, a teacher, a fighter. He is a writer, a theatre doyen, a visionary. This is about their struggle, their love, and all that is vital in their lives. Excavated from over 40 hours of oral history interviews from the National Archives juxtaposed with seminal texts and plays of Kuo, Goh Lay Kuan & Kuo Pao Kun presents an intimate portrait of this pioneering arts couple of Singapore.

If Singapore is a city of amnesia and forgetting, Goh Lay Kuan & Kuo Pao Kun asks an urgent question: how do we document the work and lives of Singapore artists whose practice evades easy archival and preservation?

Internationally acclaimed theatre director Ong Keng Sen, known for his distinct aesthetic in making documentary performance through collaboration with his performers and extensive research, helms the full creation of this distilled work. Goh Lay Kuan & Kuo Pao Kun follows The Red Ballerina, the work-in-progress presented in April 2010 as part of the TheatreWorks’ 25th anniversary season.


National Museum of Singapore - Gallery Theatre, Singapore, Singapore

14 – 15 September 2012
25 – 26 October 2012
22 – 23 November 2012
10 – 11 January 2013
21 – 22 February 2013

Concept & Director: Light Design: Collaborators & Performers: Producer:
Tay Tong.
Production Stage Manager:
Cody Chen.
Technical Manager:
Andy Lim.
Sound Engineer:
Alan Matthew.
Ian Tan, Indra Afdalash, Mohamed Azmee b Mohamed Zaid, Muhammad Sufian b Adam, Norashid b Zulbahary, Nur Suhaila b Ahmad, Raden Mohammad Mahdiyan, Steve Kwek, Yap Seok Hui.
Project Manager:
Mervyn Quek.
Creative Support:
Hoo Kuan Cien, Thong Pei Qin.

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