19 – 23 Feb 2019
Tue – Sat
6pm – 11.30pm
The ExciseMan Whisky Bar
(Esplanade Mall, #02-27)
Admission for ages 16 and above.
Performed in English, Mandarin and other forms of communication.
Advisory: Contains mature content and coarse language. This is a durational piece, entry and exit is free and easy.
“Built to be lonely
to love the absent.
horror in repose.
I can fill my space
fill my time
but nothing can fill this void in my heart.”
– Sarah Kane, 4.48 Psychosis
How can one survive and love in a broken world? How do we get along with ourselves?
Inspired by British playwright Sarah Kane’s last work 4.48 Psychosis, Young Artist Award recipient Liu Xiaoyi presents FOUR FOUR EIGHT, a brand-new work that leads you into a world, a social construct, where every audience member becomes a participant in a space of gathering and camaraderie; anchored in a place of urban loneliness – the bar.
Taking place in and around an actual bar, the perceptions of individual audience members are challenged the moment when one enters the performance environment. Taking in the sights and sounds, each person becomes aware of the presence of self, others, the space, and various activities in the venue. The experience is an individual realisation, and is up to you to create and dictate.
Singapore theatre company Emergency Stairs has earned a reputation for boundary-pushing works that generate much discourse among its audiences. Following Offending the Audience in 2017, and Einstein in the Carpark in 2018, FOUR FOUR EIGHT is the third instalment of the company’s Post-Dramatic Series. With FOUR FOUR EIGHT, together with award-winning artists lighting designer Lim Woan Wen and sound artist Darren Ng, Liu continues to explore the possibilities of, and challenge the limitations of what constitutes a theatre space.
Ask Me Anything
Be sure to join us for a talk with Liu Xiaoyi on 24 Feb, where you can literally ask him anything!
To find out more about Liu Xiaoyi, a director for whom nothing is out of bounds, read this interview
"Please open the curtains." She said.
This performance begins long before you step into the bar. Small, deliberate moments will connect you with the artist and his inner world. Through emails and other ephemeral social interactions, you will be drawn into the artist’s processes of creation—the impulses, the loneliness, the struggles, and the triumphs... and we invite you to be part of the creation process.
Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org with “I want to open the curtains” to get connected, and do remember to attach an image of your ticket.