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When land-bound animals begin to fly, reaching for the unknown
An unexpected transformation, rooted but free
The same animal but different
Man’s quest for flight continues
Circus – the antithesis of museum
Raw, exciting, dizzying, robust
The sacred and the profane co-exist
Theatre of the people
Hanuman, monkey, leaps into flight
Established in 1994 by Ong Keng Sen, Artistic Director of TheatreWorks, the Flying Circus Project (FCP) is a major programme exploring Asian expression in the 21st century. This multi-disciplinary, long-term research and development programme in theatre, dance, music, visual arts, film and ritual has continued since 1996. This laboratory, the first in Asia with such extensive scope and continuity, looks at the different creative strategies of individual artists, both traditional and contemporary, through the recognition of differences between the many Asian cultures. The focal point is on cultural negotiation and process in the artistic practice. The development of artists in external form, internal landscape, intellectual muscularity and politicisation are major pillars of the FCP, aided by the clash of time, space and disciplines, and the dynamic interaction between the performers. The focus of the 1996 edition of FCP was traditional performing arts.
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