Each of us has a mandala in us.
Mandala, a powerful symbol, is found in cultures across the world, from the swirling Dervish dances of Sufi monks to Hindu Rangoli floor paintings, and European stained glassworks. In Tibetan culture, the mandala aids concentration and is a tool for purification and healing. The late psychoanalyst Carl G Jung believed that the mandala, as an art form, enables one to understand the inner psyche.
In A Walk into the Mandala, the mandala signifies the different stages of life a quintessential urban being would experience. A 3-metre-wide rice Mandala progressively forms on stage as the protagonist journeys through the urban life.
About Grain Performance & Research Lab
Headed by Artistic Director Beverly Yuen, Grain PR Lab comprises artists, scholars, and managers from diverse fields, with a strong focus on developing cross-disciplinary works with intellectual and experiential engagement for the audience.
Director/Performer: Beverly Yuen
Multimedia Artist: Amanda Tan
Music/Sound Designer: Wu Jun Han
Lighting Designer: Vincent Chia
Beverly obtained her Bachelor of Arts (Theatre Studies) from the National University of Singapore, and a Masters and PhD in Communication Studies from the Nanyang Technological University. She was one of the founding members of Theatre OX (led by Ang Gey Pin), and was a full-time performer with the troupe from 1995 to 1999. In 1998, together with Theatre OX, she headed to the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards (Italy) to receive intensive performer training for a year.
Beverly founded In Source Theatre (IST) in 2001 and was its Artistic Director from 2001 to 2013. With IST, she produced, created, performed and marketed more than 20 original works locally and internationally. She served as a company advisor of IST from November 2013 to September 2016. From 2005 to 2008, Beverly spearheaded the practice-oriented research project Defining "Spiritual Theatre": a Cross-cultural Study of Rituals and Traditional Body Forms in Singapore funded by a Research and Development Grant awarded by the National Arts Council.