UNESCO-NIE Centre for Arts Research in Education (CARE)

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June 2018 - November 2019
This project is a timely contribution to our understanding of Singapore’s experience of multiculturalism through the voices of theatre, which, in Singapore, are at the forefront of rethinking and reinventing frameworks of cultural identity and social cohesion beyond reductive and normative assumptions about race, ethnicity and cultural difference. As the stage is a potent site for rethinking problems and addressing social concerns, theatre has been an important space for expression and investigation about how to negotiate conflict, as well as present viable alternatives that pre-sent more positive, productive and purposeful options. The research will highlight both the realities and potentialities of our intercultural everyday life in Singapore by looking at how these theatre practitioners have navigated these issues in their own lives, as well as in the performances they have created for the wider public. This is geared towards a deeper understanding of culture and identity in spaces of complex difference, which would stand to benefit the nation and the rest of the world. Moreover, the research will also show the importance of arts leadership in interpreting and responding to social realities as we move into the future. Principal Investigators: A/P Lum Chee Hoo, Asst/P Charlene Rajendran Research Assistant: Juliette Yu-Ming Lizeray

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