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Next Year’s M1 Singapore Fringe Festival About Animals, Programming All Sorted Out!

by Tania KnuttOctober 28, 2015

THE M1 Singapore Fringe Festival will be back next year, recently announcing its upcoming theme. In case you haven’t heard, 2016’s motif is Art And The Animal!

The M1 Singapore Fringe Festival is an annual festival of theatre, installation, music and forum created and presented by Singaporean and international artists. Last year’s edition was centered around Art and Loss and had a massive turnout of audiences – 14, 989 people arrived for a variety of free and ticketed programmes.

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Next year’s festival will turn Singapore into a concrete jungle for artists to unleash their animal instincts. From 13 – 24 January, the festival will be featuring 19 events from 12 different countries!

Fringe fest artistic director Sean Tobin described the line-up as an “interesting mix” that “looks at animal behaviour, and issues such as extinction or what animals mean to us or say about us”.

Animals are often referenced when we want to talk about human behaviours that we prefer to distance or disassociate ourselves with. We often conjure up the names of animals when we talk about the less savoury, or more taboo kinds of human behaviour.

So what’s there to look forward to throughout the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival? The Chronicles Of One And Sero: Kancil will be one of them — a multimedia retelling of the Malay fable about Sang Kancil through traditional Malay poetry.

Among visual art exhibitions taking place is Tracks, an autobiographical installation by transgender and “tranimal” performance artist Marla Bendini.

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The Chronicles Of One & Zero by Zeugma (left) at the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2016; and Paige Phillips’ Cornering A Hare (right) at the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2016.

Tobin added, “Her life and art are quite seamless and not bound by galleries. It’s an interesting space between different realities.”

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Theatre veteran, Neo Swee Lin will be performing ‘White Rabbit Red Rabbit’ for 2016 M1 Singapore Fringe Festival

Furthermore, White Rabbit Red Rabbit, a popular production in which actors perform scripts impromptu will be returning in 2016, done in four different languages – English, Malay, Tamil and Mandarin.

Participants in this edition include YouTube star Munah Bagharib, theatre veteran Neo Swee Lin, award-winning singer/actor/host Udaya Soundari, actor Sani Hussin and MediaCorp radio DJ-actor Dennis Chew.

But that’s not just it — there will be art installations that involve the sounds of 50,000 bees, dance pieces, storytelling sessions on mental illness via animals, visual art exhibitions, and probably a lot more from other countries featured in the festival.

But wait, we’re not done yet!

The Fringe Festival will also have its own fringe activities, such as a masterclass by The Necessary Stage, animal-themed editions of the monthly spoken word Speakeasy event and a dialogue titled When Bitch Meets Butch, featuring Podesta and Tan Liting, who will be presenting a piece for the 2017 edition of the festival (which will carry the theme Art And Skin).

Tickets are on sale already, so go buy yours and unleash your spirit animal at the 2016 M1 Singapore Fringe Festival!


The M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2016 will run from Jan 13 to 24 at various venues. Tickets at S$22 from SISTIC starting today. For more information, visit their website or follow them on Facebook

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She enjoys her morning coffees with a spoon of Nutella and a bowl of 'Carpe Diem'. Tania Knutt is a writer for The Daily Seni.

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