Held over 2 weekends from 16 to 26 May at Centre 42, Dear Cardboard Kitchen Project is an interactive installation on the history of performance documentation and an open call for personal stories related to space and memory. Curated by emerging Singapore theatre company FK Co-Lab, Dear Cardboard Kitchen Project is part of the company's international research and development efforts for a cross-cultural play they are staging this August in London, similarly titled The Cardboard Kitchen Project. The play's premise is based on cultural inheritance and the relationship between memory and space, featuring a collapsible cardboard kitchen set as a metaphor for the impermanence of space as a repository for personal and cultural memory. Dear Cardboard Kitchen Project unpacks the play's key questions on how we archive and the limits of archiving by taking you through the history of performance documentation as well as the play's own archive as it exists at this point in time, months before it is set to be staged. It gets you thinking about memories you attach to spaces and what happens when spaces change, before inviting you to creatively document your own spaces as a contribution to the play's performative history and documentation.
More about The Cardboard Kitchen Project
The Cardboard Kitchen Project is the first cross-cultural production by emerging Singapore theatre company FK Co-Lab, who will premiere this work in London at The Lion & Unicorn Theatre on 19 & 20 August at the Camden Fringe, with a Singapore premiere slated for early 2020. Starring Varshini, this one-woman play directed by Faezah Zulkifli and produced by Nur Khairiyah Ramli with Dramaturgy by Aida Rocci features an all-female team.
More about FK Co-Lab
It's not about ticking boxes; it's about putting the work first. FK Co-Lab is an emerging Singapore company currently based in London. The company focuses on presenting the urgent and immediate sociopolitical landscape through the lens of the personal, using praxis as a dramaturgical process that drives their collaborative artistic explorations and research enquiry. Through developing original performances and undertaking in practice as research, they aim to push forward and evolve the ongoing dialogue between contemporary performance practices and the larger debates on and around the prevalent concerns of today.