After the withdrawal of ‘Undressing Room’ by Ming Poon and ‘Naked Ladies’ by Thea Fitz-James, we recommend 5 other events from M1 Fringe Festival — themed 'Art & Skin' — that dare to be different. Bring it on
1. Skin in SIN Best for: Examining racism and xenophobia through burlesque How should we make space for each other when Singapore's population is reaching 6.9 million? We can take off our clothes, suggest this diverse burlesque troupe. Produced and mentored by Becca d'Bus (a.k.a. Eugene Tan) and Madge of Honor, Foreign Bodies explores otherness, racism and xenophobia in Singapore through the eyes of expat experiences.
2. #CompulsiveCharcoal Best for: Understanding compulsive skin picking through public drawings London-based visual artist Liz Atkin has been drawing on public transport to keep her hands and fingers busy. To raise awareness for Compulsive Skin Picking, she's been drawing on newspapers with charcoal with a one-minute limit each time. Recovery through art is the real deal, and is something you'll get to see for yourself when #CompulsiveCharcoal hits the MRT trains in January.
3. Chrysanthemum Gate Best for: Breaking down the dynamics of Angmoh and Sarong Party Girl (SPG) relationships You see the flirtations between East and West in design, food and fashion — but you also see it in the watering holes of Boat Quay and Clarke Quay. There's more than just a physical attraction between an SPG and her Angmoh arm candy. Andrew Sutherland and Chanel Ariel Chan examine the dynamics between such pairings as they look at the blurred lines in our respective Asian and Western identities, cultural appropriation (everyone's favourite trigger phrase) and who wears the pants in such relationships.
4. Pretty Butch Best for: Finding out what it means to explore masculinity and femininity in a woman This ensemble cast looks at the lives of five characters who are often harassed for being different. Taking into account the true stories of women and men who relate to being butch and defy gender conventions, Pretty Butch questions what it means to be grey in a black and white world.
5. Deep in the Heart of Me Best for: A post-mortem look at relationships What does it mean to get under someone's skin? Examining the physical and mental effects of love and how the heart gives and forgives, a man and a woman look back on a relationship through a reading and Foley session that suggest how real life seeps into the creation of a character on stage.
The M1 Fringe Festival 2017 runs from 4 to 15 January 2017 at select venues. To book tickets, click here.
Image: Audi Khalid, Nathan Brown, Les Newman, Crispian Chan, Jon Cancio