Theatre Of The Disturbed

Wandering in the twilight zone

“Wandering in the twilight zone” is an Art Exhibition that took place from 17 until 21 August 2013 at Open Space Yangon.

“Wandering in the twilight zone” can be considered as a meeting point for different generations of Myanmar artists whose practices range from painting to performance to documentary photo to sound installation. Although these artists come from different backgrounds and different generations, they are gathered in this exhibition for a very particular common interest which is to reflect upon the society in this very time of rapid changes within Myanmar socio-political arena.

After many years of isolation, Myanmar is now reaching out to the world fast and loud. Some are even hopeful that Myanmar may set an example of a smooth transition from military rule to democratic form of governing. Others are still watching these changes in awe. Nevertheless different groups of pessimistic players and bystanders; and different groups of optimistic players and bystanders are still trying to understand, analyze and criticize the changes and the motives behind them. Amidst the surge of doubts and hopes, many different attempts at conflicts and reconciliations can now be seen everywhere.

In a multiethnic nation like Myanmar, if now is the time for everyone to move beyond the conflict era, then it is to recognize and respect the fact that each and everyone is different, and different voices be heard. Many observers still consider Myanmar’s situation like that of a tight-rope walker. Whether Myanmar will achieve a smooth and successful transition or not is for us not only to wait and see but also to live the transition ourselves.

The works presented in this exhibition are the personal responses and interpretations of different artists from different generations regarding this important transitional period. On the other hand, their works are to be considered as individual feedbacks from the people living this transitional period itself.
Among them, one of the leading figures of Myanmar modern and contemporary art scene, Aung Myint’s bold works in black and white portray the reminiscences of the past which is still haunting the present. Another important Myanmar modernist, San Minn’s works largely play with the notion of power and corruption. His surreal works filled with guns and monsters are constant reminders of the reality around us. Coming from the background of performance art are San Oo, Nyan Lin Htet and Ma Ei. Younger than Aung Myint and San Minn but another equally important figure in the Myanmar contemporary art is San Oo. San Oo’s installation and performance works are conceptual and playfully dealing with body endurance and daily experience of the society. Inspired by the country’s socio-political memories of the past decades, Nyan Lin Htet’s current works deal with how to preserve and intervene with the act of remembering individually and collectively. And Ma Ei’s works can be considered as a very personal interpretation of the notions of womanhood within the society.

Also included in this exhibition are Theidhii, DJ Kavas and Moon Thu Eain. Primarily an independent film maker, Theidhii’s video installations question the interrelation among viewer, text and media whereas Moon Thu Eain, a young photographer, attempts to challenge the taboos regarding the issues of the sex workers and transgender. Another young artist included in the exhibition is DJ Kavas whose sound installations investigate daily interaction within the urban community.

Founded in this very transitional period with the aim of pushing the boundaries of creative expressions within the local community, Open Space-Yangon is hosting this collective exhibition of Myanmar artists from different generations and from different backgrounds as the opening show for its inauguration. During the time of transitional period, this show will probably give a glance of how artists living the transition see transition as it is from different cultural, critical and artistic perspectives.

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Open Space Yangon

Founded in 2013 by Theatre of the disturbed, Open Space Yangon is an independent and not-for-profit artist-run space based in Yangon, Myanmar. This space is aimed at supporting experimental artistic practices in contemporary visual, sound, literary, media, theatre, and performance practices.

Open Space Yangon is committed to support engaging experimental artistic projects in contemporary visual, literary, theatre and performance with special focus on promoting contemporary theatre and performance practice in Myanmar. The 2013 programming of Open Space-Yangon is designed to promote creative experimentations and to nurture freedom of expression.

The opening exhibition titled "Wandering in the twilight zone" is taking place from 17 to 21 August 2013 as a launch event for the inauguration of Open Space Yangon.

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Flying Circus Project Myanmar

TheatreWorks (Singapore) & Theatre of the Disturbed present

The Flying Circus Project 2013
from 4 to 10 Jan 2013 in Yangon, French Institute
Conceived and led by ONG Keng Sen


2013 marks the 8th edition of The Flying Circus Project or FCP which is conceived and led by TheatreWorks' artistic director, ONG Keng Sen.

First established in 1996, the FCP is a major programme exploring creative expressions in Asia and beyond, looking at individual practices.  The FCP is multi-disciplinary and brings together artists from various cultural backgrounds and from various cities.  Since 2007, artists from Europe, North America and Asia have participated in the FCP,  interacting with the cities, localities and contexts. In 2007, FCP worked on mobilising arts communities in Ho Chi Minh City while in 2009 / 2010, FCP created Alter U (short for Alternate Universities) in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.

FCP 2013 takes place in Myanmar (Yangon and Mandalay), bringing together  Myanmar and non-Myanmar artists from various disciplines like performance, film and visual arts.  Through performance-lectures, presentations and screenings,  the artists will share their individual practice. The pubic is invited to these daily presentations at the French Institute. Included are  the performances by Theatre of the DIsturbed : Hotel Reverie Part 1 - Hamlet and a new work for the FCP 2013, Hotel Reverie Part 2 - Titus Andronicus.

FCP 2013 artists come from wide-ranging disciplines including visual culture, film and performance, they include  Anonmaa Rajakarun, Aung Tun Win, Brett Bailey, Fiona Koh, Gustavo Ciríaco, Joshua Yang, Julie Tolentino, Kaffe Matthews, Lin Htet,, Maija Hirvanen, Mriganka Nadhukaillya,  Nge Lay,  Ong Keng Sen, Rachael Swain,  Sonal Jain, Tadasu Takamine, Tellervo Kalleinen, Venuri Perera, Wah Nu, Wen Hui, Wu Wenguang, and many others.

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In this context, the core idea of "Hotel Reverie" serie, Theatre of the Disturbed’s works to be presented during FCP is to create “thinking spaces and interactive situations” to reflect upon the socio-political reality around us. Such issues are interwoven within different forms and structures of performance narrative and can be discovered as subtext. Therefore such issues of Burma are not addressed bluntly in a direct or didactic manner but rather, in a critical and intellectual manner in which the audience is always invoked to participate actively and raise questions regarding the issues presented. Most importantly, in most of our performance works, the complex socio-political issues of Burma are approached not merely as subjects of representation but as investigative procedures.


Poster

iUi # 2.5: International Festival of Contemporary Theatre and Performance

This 3rd edition of iUi piloted a new approach to the festival structure with an emphasis on the open course section as a means to empower local art community through capacity building in the domains of contemporary theatre and performance using both an intellectual and practical approaches. This new edition has proved to be very effective and highly appreciated by participants as they have been given the opportunity to learn from many different international artists & scholars about on a wide range of subjects in the domains of theatre and performance. This has increased their exposure to diverse art forms and activities, planting seeds for their further artistic development beyond the current expression boundaries that still exist in Myanmar.

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Billboard in the street Welcoming note by Valentine Xénos, Lorène Tamain, Katrin Fruhinsfeld (left to right) Seminar - Ray Langenbach Seminar - Ray Langenbach Seminar - Cecily Cook Seminar - Joanna Sherman Seminar - U Ye Htut Seminar - Paul Rae Seminar - Elizabeth de Roza Seminar - Nyan Lin Htet Seminar - Michelle Tupko Seminar - Michelle Tupko Seminar - Gabi Bartels Seminar - special lecture on Christoph Schlingensief's works byTill Briegleb Seminar - special lecture on Christoph Schlingensief's works byTill Briegleb Seminar - Katsura Kan Open course - Paul Rae Open course - Ray Langenbach Open course - Ray Langenbach Open course - Till Briegleb Open course - Elizabeth de Roza Open course - Elizabeth de Roza Open course - Elizabeth de Roza Open course - U Ye Htut Open course - Gabi Bartels Open course - Gabi Bartels Butoh Workshop - Katsura Kan Butoh Workshop - Katsura Kan Eco-theatre Workshop - Catherine Diamond Billboard for Live performance presentation Opening session - Fabrice Etienne, Soe Myat Thu, and Lorène Tamain (left to right) Opening session - Nyan Lin Htet Open mic session with local poets Open mic session with local poets Open mic session with local poets Open mic session with local poets - Zeyar Lynn Open mic session with local poets Open mic session with local poets Open mic session with local poets Open mic session with local poets Open mic session with local poets Solo dance by Teresa Barja Body movements by open course participants Body movements by open course participants Body movements by open course participants Butoh workshop participants Butoh workshop participants Butoh workshop participants Solo butoh dance by Katsura Kan Solo butoh dance by Katsura Kan Waiting for happy endings as if there is no end, directed by Nyan Lin Htet, assisted by G. Bartels Waiting for happy endings as if there is no end, directed by Nyan Lin Htet, assisted by G. Bartels Waiting for happy endings as if there is no end, directed by Nyan Lin Htet, assisted by G. Bartels Waiting for happy endings as if there is no end, directed by Nyan Lin Htet, assisted by G. Bartels Waiting for happy endings as if there is no end, directed by Nyan Lin Htet, assisted by G. Bartels Waiting for happy endings as if there is no end, directed by Nyan Lin Htet, assisted by G. Bartels Myanmar drama by U Ye Htut Myanmar drama by U Ye Htut Eco-theatre workshop participants - directed by C. Diamond Eco-theatre workshop participants - directed by C. Diamond Collectve performance work - Aung Myint Collectve performance work - Nyan Lin Htet Collectve performance work - Aye Ko Collectve performance work - Nyein Chan Su DJ Kavas (Theatre of the disturbed) Audience at the festival

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iUi # 02: International Festival of Contemporary Theatre

Following the success of "iUi # 01", the second edition of “iUi (iUi # 02: International Festival of Contemporary Theatre) was organized in February 2010 in Myanmar as the continuation of the process of promoting contemporary theatre and performance practice in Myanmar. This project was organized by Theatre of the disturbed and supported by Alliance Française de Rangoun and Goethe Institut. Using the similar project structure (2-day seminar, 5-day workshop, and 2-day performance presentation) from the previous edition, the project "iUi # 02" was also successfully organized with the attendance of theatre artists and performance practitioners from local and international communities.

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Billboard at the French Instiute Welcoming dinner Welcoming dinner Welcoming dinner Workshop 1 -“Eco Theatre” by Catherine Diamond Workshop 1 -“Eco Theatre” by Catherine Diamond Workshop 2 - “Modern Theatre Chorus” by Gabi Bartels Workshop 2 - “Modern Theatre Chorus” by Gabi Bartels Workshop 2 - “Modern Theatre Chorus” by Gabi Bartels Workshop 2 - “Modern Theatre Chorus” by Gabi Bartels Workshop 2 - “Modern Theatre Chorus” by Gabi Bartels Workshop 2 - “Modern Theatre Chorus” by Gabi Bartels Workshop 2 - “Modern Theatre Chorus” by Gabi Bartels Workshop 2 - “Modern Theatre Chorus” by Gabi Bartels Workshop 3 - “Dramaturgy of the actor” by Elizabeth de Roza and Shelly Quick Workshop 3 - “Dramaturgy of the actor” by Elizabeth de Roza and Shelly Quick Workshop 3 - “Dramaturgy of the actor” by Elizabeth de Roza and Shelly Quick Workshop 3 - “Dramaturgy of the actor” by Elizabeth de Roza and Shelly Quick Workshop 3 - “Dramaturgy of the actor” by Elizabeth de Roza and Shelly Quick Workshop 3 - “Dramaturgy of the actor” by Elizabeth de Roza and Shelly Quick Workshop 3 - “Dramaturgy of the actor” by Elizabeth de Roza and Shelly Quick Workshop 3 - “Dramaturgy of the actor” by Elizabeth de Roza and Shelly Quick Workshop 3 - “Dramaturgy of the actor” by E. de Roza and S. Quick Workshop 3 - “Dramaturgy of the actor” by E. de Roza and S. Quick Workshop 4 - “Puppetry manipulation and Basic Burmese dance” by U Ye Dway & Ye Nyi Nyi Workshop 4 - “Puppetry manipulation and Basic Burmese dance” by U Ye Dway & Ye Nyi Nyi Workshop 4 - “Puppetry manipulation and Basic Burmese dance” by U Ye Dway & Ye Nyi Nyi Workshop 4 - “Puppetry manipulation and Basic Burmese dance” by U Ye Dway & Ye Nyi Nyi Workshop 5 - “Video art” by Patrick Palucki Preparation for performance presentation Seminar - Introduction by Nyan Lin Htet (left) before Ruth Pongstaphone's talk (right) Seminar - Talk by Elizabeth de Roza Seminar - Talk by U Ohn Maung Seminar - Talk by Manuel Lutgenhorst (right) with Amy Trompetter (left) and Htwe Oo (centre) Seminar - Question & Answer session Seminar - Question & Answer session Seminar - Talk by Ong Keng Sen Seminar - Talk by Ong Keng Sen Seminar - Talk by Ong Keng Sen Seminar - Talk by U Ye Htut Seminar - Talk by U Ye Dway Seminar - Talk by Catherine Diamond Seminar - Talk by Gabi Bartels Seminar - Talk by Nyan Lin Htet Seminar - Round table discussion Seminar - Round table discussion Seminar - Audience Seminar - Audience Lunch break during seminar days Lunch break during seminar days Performance “Ediets” by U Lu Wa Lay and Patrick Palucki Performance “Ediets” by U Lu Wa Lay and Patrick Palucki Performance “Ediets” by U Lu Wa Lay and Patrick Palucki Performance- Solo dance by Raka Maitra Performance- Solo dance by Raka Maitra Performance - Audience Performance “Sutti Sena Sambula” directed by U Ye Dway Performance “Sutti Sena Sambula” directed by U Ye Dway Performance - Audience in the garden Performance - Audience in the garden Performance - Audience in the cafeteria Performance - Audience in the cafeteria Performance “The four puppets Performance “The four puppets Performance “The four puppets Performance “The four puppets Performance “The four puppets Performance - Solo dance “Guajira” by Teresa Barja Presentation of performance by Ms. Agron (AF) and Mrs. Tamain (Theatre of the disturbed), in the presence of Mrs. Fruhinsfeld (left) Performance by Workshop 3 participants, directed by E. de Roza & Shelly Quick Performance by Workshop 3 participants, directed by E. de Roza & Shelly Quick Performance by Workshop 3 participants, directed by E. de Roza & Shelly Quick Performance Performance Performance Hamlet machine Performance Performance Untitled Lear Performance Performance Performance Audience at the festival Audience at the festival Shelly Quick presenting Performance Performance Performance Performance Audience at the festival Audience at the festival Audience at the festival

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iUi # 01: Festival of contemporary theatre and Performance art

The first edition of “iUi” (iUi # 01: International Festival of Contemporary Theatre and Performance Art) was launched in February 2008 in Myanmar. With the attendance of artists from local and international communities, the first international theatre and performance event in Burma was successfully held in Yangon from 2-10 February 2008. The project was organized by Theatre of the disturbed with generous support from Alliance Française de Rangoun and Arts Network Asia (Singapore), and with partial support from Asian Cultural Council (ACC).

During this event covering 2-day seminar; 5-day workshop on theatre and performance; and 2-day performance presentation by local and international artists, a meaningful cultural dialogue was successfully developed between Burmese and international art communities for the further development of contemporary theatre and performance practice as well as intercultural exchange in Myanmar.

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Press conference (left to right) Wa Wa, F. Etienne, Lin Htet, Aye Ko & U Ye Dway Selection of participants Visibility on Alliance Française's facade Workshop 1 group on acting & improvisation Workshop 1 on acting by Rey Buono and R. Pongstaphone Workshop 1 by Rey Buono and R. Pongstaphone - physical exercises Workshop 1 - Performance rehearsal Workshop 1 - Performance rehearsal Workshop 2 group on stage design by M. Lutgenhorst & R. Cotterill Workshop 2 - Acting rehearsal with Ralph Cotterill Workshop 2 - Lecture by M. Lutgenhorst Workshop 2 - Technical check with M. Lutgenhorst Workshop 3 group on Puppetry with Ye Nyi Nyi Workshop 3 - Lecture by U Ye Dway Workshop 3 - Myanmar puppets Workshop 3 - Practicing puppetry Workshop 3 - Lecture by Ye Nyi Nyi Seminar opening - Mr Dovert, Soe Myat Thu (translator) & Lin Htet Seminar - Lecture by Rey Buono Seminar - Lecture by Alex Dea Seminar - Demonstrative performance by Alex Dea

The Visit

THE VISIT
Created and directed by Nyan Lin Htet
Synopsis
One man finds himself somewhere among people like him who are not aware of the purpose
of their presence, and he has no choice but to live by his situation.
He has not any idea what he is doing and where he is going.
He doesn't know who he is and where he came from.
He tries to talk, smile, fight, integrate, run and survive.
He is seeing different people with same attitudes and same people with different attitudes.
He is forced to come and he is forced to go. But he simply doesn't know where.
Knowledge, love, kindness, religion seems meaningless to him sometimes.
He meets with two psychiatrists who shares their different and difficult points of view
about love, death and existence.
The things he sees on the way fascinate him as well as disgust him.
He encounters death and new born child.
He is forced to be helpless. And also he is forced to help himself and others.
He is forced by himself to commit suicide and at the same time he is stopped by himself.
He is confused by himself.
He is lost by his own existence.
(This play is based on the real experiences of daily life of absurdity, and dedicated to whoever
shares the same experiences with the playwright.)

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