Southernmost Team

CORE TEAM 

    

Curator/ Artistic Director    

Liu Xiaoyi (Singapore)

 

Producer    

Jo Lim (Singapore)

    

Curator/ Artistic Director    

Danny Yung (Hong Kong)

 

International Exchange Director/ Producer    

Wong Yue Wai (Hong Kong)

 

Assistant Artistic Director    

Cedric Chan (Hong Kong)

FESTIVAL TEAM

    

Director Assitant    

Chng Xin Xuan (Singapore)

 

Creative Co-ordinator    

Wu Zonglun (Hong Kong)

 

Copywriter-Translator/ Social Media    

Chong Woon Yong (Singapore)

 

Marketing Co-ordinator/

Programme Book Editor

Wei Shimin (Singapore)

 

Graphic Design/ FOH Installation    

Huang Suhuai (Singapore)

 

Website Design    

Huang Suhuai, Lu Yixin (Singapore)

 

Video Editor    

Liu Xiaoyi

 

Ticketing    

Jo Lim

 

FOH Manager    

Yeo Fu Bi (Singapore)

 

FOH Volunteers    

Liew Jiayi, Ng Mun Poh, Wei Shimin, Dana Lim (Singapore)

 

Production Archival    

Feng Shunxu (Guangzhou)

 

Festival Archival (Photo)    

Darren Guo (Singapore)

 

Interpreter    

Atin Yeo Jin Chao (Thai-English) 

Oliver Chong (Chinese- English)

Amin Farid (Indonesian-English)

Lim Sim Lin (Japanese- English)

JOURNEY TO A DREAM  

 

Co-Creators & Co-Directors    

Danny Yung (Hong Kong)

Liu Xiaoyi (Singapore)

 

Performers    

Amin Farid (Singapore)

Didik Nini Thowok (Yogyakarta)

Makoto Matsushima (Tokyo)

Nattapon Wannaun (Hat Yai)

Nget Rady (Phnom Penh)

Sabrina Sng (Singapore)

Shen Yili (Shanghai)

Vocal Performance(recorded)

Jason KONG Chun Kit

Voiceover Artists

Liu Xiaoyi and Ma Yan Ling

 

Sound/ Music    

Steve Hui (Hong Kong) 

 

Lighting Designer    

Leo Siu (Hong Kong)

 

Sound Engineer/ Sound & Video Operator    

Mat Hui (Hong Kong)

 

Video Designer    

Benny Woo (Hong Kong)

 

Production Manager    

CW (Singapore)

 

Stage Manager/ Production Assistant    

ACY (Singapore)

 

Technical Co-ordinator    

SKK (Singapore)

 

Crew    

RZT (Singapore)

 

Costume Designer     

Twinny Cheng (Hong Kong) 

Co-ordinator and Wardrobe

Hung Yuen Ching 

 

Costume Co-ordinator    

Chng Xin Xuan (Singapore)

        

MASTERCLASS

    

Instructors    

Didik Nini Thowok (Yogyakarta)

Makoto Matsushima (Tokyo)

Nget Rady (Phnom Penh)

Shen Yili (Shanghai)

    

Co-ordinator    

Darren Guo (Singapore)

OPEN FORUM

 

Artistic Advisor    

Danny Yung (Hong Kong)

    

Curator & Moderator    

Han Minli (Singapore)

    

Speakers    

Daniel Teo (Singapore)

Didik Nini Thowok (Yogyakarta) 

Felipe Cervera (Singapore)

Jo Lim (Singapore)

Liu Xiaoyi (Singapore)

Low Sze Wee (Singapore)

Pawit Mahasarinand (Bangkok)

Shen Yili (Shanghai)

    

Co-ordinator    

Wang Lingjie (Singapore)

    

    

FESTIVAL OBSERVERS

   

Observers 

   

Lina Yu (Actor, Singapore)

Tan Shou Chen (Theatremaker, Singapore)

Timothy Wan (Actor, Singapore)

Zelda Tatiana (GroundZ-0, Singapore)

Chao Hsin (Peking/Kun Opera Artist, Taipei)

Jason KONG Chun Kit

(Cantonese Opera Artist, Hong Kong)

Liswati (Sanggar O, Bogor)

Mi Le(National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts/Can Not Underatand Theatre Company, Beijing)

Team Bios

CORE TEAM

Liu Xiaoyi(Curator/ Artistic Director ) 

Xiaoyi is the founder and Artistic Director of Emergency Stairs. A committed practitioner with a desire to push artistic boundaries, Xiaoyi is considered a promising figure at the forefront of the experimental theatre scene in Asia. He was the recipient of “Young Artist Award” by the National Arts Council of Singapore in 2016.

In 2002, Xiaoyi started working professionally in theatre, which augured what was to become a deeply passionate and rigorous involvement with Singapore Theatre and the Arts. Over the past decade as a professional artist, he distinguished himself first and foremost as an accomplished actor. Now, Xiaoyi is considered one of the most acclaimed male actors from the Singapore theatre scene. Xiaoyi's passion and talent for words also revealed a gifted playwright with a deft sensibility for language. As a director, the cornerstones of his oft lauded but controversial work are unsurprisingly experimentation, introspection, and poetry. Xiaoyi’s works often polarize, drawing both praise and debate.

Since 2011, Xiaoyi has been particularly involved in the intercultural dialogue. Since 2017, he curates the annual Southernmost: One Table Two Chairs Project, a first-of-its-kind arts festival in Singapore. It seeks to bring prominent and established traditional and contemporary theatre artists from the region together at Singapore for intercultural exchange and presentation.

 

Jo Lim (Producer, Singapore)

 

A graduate from the National University of Singapore’s Theatre Studies Programme, Jo is an arts manager and theatre producer with a passion for the non-profit sector. She completed her Masters in Arts and Cultural Management with the LaSalle College of the Arts (Goldsmith, University of London) in 2018 and her research interest lies in the area of arts management practices. She is a recipient of the Singapore Toteboard overseas scholarship (Duke University), that invests in the capacity building of nonprofits. She is also one of the founding members of Emergency Stairs Ltd., a new experimental theatre outfit.


Cedric CHAN Ho Fung (Associate Director, Hong Kong, Zuni Icosahedron)

 

Cedric joined Zuni in 1998 and participated in various projects’ creation, performance, coordination, include East Wing West Wing series, 1587, A Year of No Significance, Three-letter Opera, Hua-yen Sutra, Remembrance of Karaoke Past, Railway is Like a Long, Winding Recollection, Gayamyan Sings “Hong Kong Song Book – Little Rascals” Night Club; co-directed Children Anime Musical The Magic Flute, The Magic Flute Playground and Bauhaus Manifesto. Cedric co-found local band Gayamyan in 2000. The band released its debut album in 2002 and participated in several music publications for East Wing West Wing, includes East Wing West Wing Original Soundtrack Collection 2003-2013. Cedric released his solo debut EP Crazy for Tutorials in 2006. Cedric is also a lyricist for local pop music. He has written lyrics for singers include Anthony Wong, Joey Yung, HOCC, Miriam Yeung, Andy Hui, at17, Pong Nan and etc. 

FESTIVAL TEAM

Chng Xin Xuan (Director Assistant/ Costume Coordinator, Singapore)

 

Xin Xuan is a theatre practitioner, having received her professional training from the BA(Hons) Acting program at LASALLE College of the Arts in 2013. 

Her professional acting credits include ‘The Way We Go’ by Checkpoint Theatre, ‘Bukit Brown -The Cemetery; Dusk & Dawn’ by Dramabox and ‘Becoming Graphic’ by Edith Podesta and Sonny Liew commissioned by Singapore International Arts Festivalamongst others. Aside from acting, Xin Xuan is also an educator and directs skits on the occasion. 

Since 2018, Xin Xuan is a member of Shelter, training arm of Emergency Stairs under the mentorship of Liu Xiao Yi and Jo Lim. 

Chong Woon Yong (Copywriter/Translator/ Social Media, Singapore)

Graduated with a BA from NUS’ Theatre Studies Programme in 2011. Woon Yong is a bilingual performer and writer. He is a founding and core member of experimental theatre company Emergency Stairs.

As a performer, he was most recently seen in Merdeka (W!LD RICE). Other credits include Offstage (Emergency Shelter), Oedipus (Toy Factory Productions), FRAGO (Checkpoint Theatre), PRISM (Toy Factory Productions), GRIND (Toy Factory Productions), The Struggle: Years Later (The Theatre Practice), etc

In 2018 he wrote and performed in the bilingual monologue G.F.E, presented by W!LD RICE's Singapore Theatre Festival 2018.

Yeo Fu Bi (Front-of-House Manager, Singapore)

Fu Bi started her theatre career in arts management and delved into costume building, wardrobe and stage management over the years. She found her calling when she is surrounded by costumes of her making, turning ideas and concepts into reality. She also enjoys troubleshooting and working out wardrobe related kinks with her teams, and watching actors bring her costumes to live, on stage.

On selected occasions when she takes a break from her organza and tulle, she will flex her arts manger muscles.

Darren Guo (Festival Photographer/ Masterclass Coordinator, Singapore)

 

Darren, a bilingual performer, graduated from NAFA’s Theatre course. He was also part of the pioneer batch of Creative Edge, a division of I Theatre, which produced People and Under the Dragon Moon as their graduating performances. He was last seen as one of the puppeteers of White Dog in Citizen Dog by The Finger Players, Art Studio by Nine Years Theatre, and Lao Jiu the Musical by The Theatre Practice. Other credits include Samsui Women by The Finger Players, Liao Zhai Rocks! by The Theatre Practice, Toy Factory’s December Rains and Kumarajiva, Hop & Honk and Aesop’s Fables by I Theatre. Darren was part of The Practice Lab from 2014 to 2016. He was an apprentice under The Finger Players, and currently also a member of Emergency Shelter, the artist training and research programme of Emergency Stairs.

JOURNEY TO A DREAM

Jason KONG Chun Kit (Cantonese Opera, Hong Kong)

Jason Kong is an emerging scriptwriter, actor and columnist, who has been working in composing and arranging music. He began receiving traditional Chinese Opera training at the age of nine, and has sung as a wusheng.

 

He is a student of the first Chinese Theatre Association National Youth Opera Musicians Programme (class A) and a member of the Chinese Theatre Music Society. He was also the recipient of the HKADC Award for Young Artist (Chinese Opera) in 2012. He graduated from the Cantonese Opera Academy of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He is also a student of the scriptwriter Raymond To. His works include: The Sin of Hero, Without Reason, To Make a Move and The Gate of Hell.

FESTIVAL OBSERVERS

 

Lina Yu (Actor, Singapore)

 

Lina graduated from the Intercultural Theatre Institute (ITI) in 2014 where she experienced asian traditional art forms together with contemporary and western theatre training. Her recent productions include Exit by Dramabox (Both Sides Now 2019), Island Tales (SCCC Cultural Extravaganza 2019) and Always On My Mind (Always Every Time 2019) by GroundZ-0, precise purpose of being broken by Koh Wan Ching (M1SFF 2019), 0600 by GroundZ-0 (SIFA 2018), Offstage by Emergency Shelter (2018), among others. She hopes to be involved in more productions and develop her craft as an actor and creator.

 

Tan Shou Chen (Theatre-maker, Singapore)

Tan Shou Chen is a recognized theatre-maker from Singapore. 

His latest directorial work was a commission by the Singapore International Festival of the Arts 2019 called Orestes by Ifigenia, an original interpretation of George Friederich Handel’s Baroque opera Orestes. Shou Chen made his directorial debut with a commission by Theatreworks (SG), 13.13.13, part of the international company’s 2018 season. He is also a recipient of the Singapore National Arts Council Creation Grant, with which he created and performed an original play called Open Waters, an international collaboration with Thai artist Jaturachai Srichanwapen. It showed at the Bangkok Theatre Festival 2017 and in Singapore. 

An actor with over 14 years of performance experience, he first expanded his theatre-making into directing with the Substations’ Director’s Lab (2014). It was where his MEDEA, an intercultural piece melding modern narratives and Bharatanatyam into a new iteration of the tragedy, was staged. Following which, he staged the award-winning play Now Then Again by Penny Penniston at the NUS UCC Theatre for the NUS Arts Festival 2016; the NUS Arts Festival 2015 opener Words and Music featuring Jeremy Monteiro at the NUS UCC Hall; and community-driven works Mixed for Theatrework’s Community Tour, and Makan Memories for the National Gallery opening festival. 

Shou Chen was a resident artist at the HANGAR Centro de Investigaçāo Artistica in Lisbon, Portugal (2019). Shou Chen is also a member of the Board of Directors for Teater Ekamatra.

 

Timothy Wan (Actor, Singapore)

Timothy is a professional actor, musician, host. He graduated with a BA(Hons) in 2013, from the Theatre Studies department in the National University of Singapore. Since then, he has been actively involved in both the local English and Mandarin theatre scene.

Stage credits include: Army Daze, Glass Anatomy, High Class, Red Riding Hood, Firecrackers & Bombshells, Romeo & Juliet: The Musical, Hansel & Gretel, The Nightingale (in both English & Mandarin), Junior Claus, Titoudao, The Tempest, December Rains, White Soliloquy, Beauty World, Red Demon, Kumarajiva, Red Sky, Fundamentally Happy, Girl in the White Sandbox, National Day Parade 2017, Art Studio, Cut! Kafka, Sometime Moon, Pissed Julie, Lear is Dead.

Timothy is a core member of the Nine Years Theatre Ensemble.

 

Zelda Tatiana (GroundZ-0, Singapore)

HUANG, Chao-hsin (Jingju and Kunqu, Taipei)

 

HUANG Chao-hsin holds a PhD in Xiqu from The National Central University and a MA in performing arts from The National Taiwan University of Arts. As an actor and director specializing in Jingju and Kunqu, Chao-hsin is a promising and creative artist who hopes to combine traditional performing arts with contemporary interdisciplinary theatre.

 

Jason KONG Chun Kit (Cantonese Opera, Hong Kong)

Jason Kong is an emerging scriptwriter, actor and columnist, who has been working in composing and arranging music. He began receiving traditional Chinese Opera training at the age of nine, and has sung as a wusheng.

 

He is a student of the first Chinese Theatre Association National Youth Opera Musicians Programme (class A) and a member of the Chinese Theatre Music Society. He was also the recipient of the HKADC Award for Young Artist (Chinese Opera) in 2012. He graduated from the Cantonese Opera Academy of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He is also a student of the scriptwriter Raymond To. His works include: The Sin of Hero, Without Reason, To Make a Move and The Gate of Hell.

 

Mi Le(National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts/Can Not Underatand Theatre Company, Beijing)

米乐(北京净生一剧团创立人)

青年演员、导演

代表作品:出演法国天才剧作家,法兰西艺术学院戏剧文学终身成就奖得主,导演 帕斯卡尔·朗贝尓(Pascal Rambert )的作品《爱的落幕》与《爱的开端》中文版女主角,在2016年,2017年连续在南锣鼓巷戏剧节国际邀请单元、中法文化交流之春与中国观众见面.   表演作品:《玻璃动物园》、《爱的喜剧》、《变形记规定动作》、《慕春》、《罗刹国》、《杜甫》,导表演作品:《抉择》、肢体剧《声息》获得重庆青年戏剧节最佳表演奖,参加海口国际艺术节、参演电影短片《今夜别梦寒》入选2019加拿大国际电影节电影短片竞赛单元.  2014年于北京参与佐藤信工作坊与公开排演,受其艺术理念影响,对于戏剧和社会关系进行深入探索,2019年于日本横滨开始进行亚州戏剧 以及多元化的跨界融合进行创作交流。

Liswati (Sanggar O, Bogor)

Born in Banjarnegara in Central Java Province, Indonesia in 1975, Liswati became involved in theatre art activities when she joined Theatre ABU in 1995. She has appeared in around 20 performances throughout Indonesia, Australia, Canada and Japan. In 2018, she opened two experimentation and rehearsal spaces: Sanggar O in Bogor; and Studio Lasem in Jakarta. She hosts resident international and Indonesian artists. Her experience outside theatre includes organizing arts events, workshops, seminars etc. She also provides assistance to other artists and groups. She is now learning new ways of collaborating to create new works in the Asia region, inspired by the vision of Makoto Sato, Japan’s legendary theatre director.