Open Stage

Curated from a competitive global open call, Open Stage gives the stage to exciting contemporary voices emerging from Southeast Asia and beyond. This year’s eclectic mixed bill is equal parts contemplative, playful and indignant as artists reflect on the global events that have transpired, and prospect the future ahead.

Photo of There was no room for food by Seo Jeong Bin (South Korea)

Open Stage

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17 – 19 June

Programme A:
17 June 8pm, 18 June 3pm

Programme B:
18 June 8pm, 19 June 3pm

Standard $28
Concession $20
Mezzanine $12

Twin Deal Standard $54
Twin Deal Concession $38
Twin Deal Mezzanine $22

Esplanade Annexe Studio

Estimated Duration
A: Approximately 65 minutes
B: Approximately 85 minutes

Accessibility Notes:
This programme is guided by an emcee and a Singapore Sign language (SgSL) interpreter. Live audio description will also accompany the third segment of the programme. This venue is wheelchair-accessible. For audiences who may require support to access the venue, please get in touch with us at
For more information on accessibility, please contact our accessibility partner Access Path Productions at

Mask-wearing is required for all indoor events.

Programme B will include some use of strobe lighting.

7 selected works, spread over 2 programmes, performed over 3 days: 2022’s Open Stage delves into the individual’s relation and reaction to the self, the other, the larger society, environment and world.

Chloe Chua’s Limbo (Singapore/USA) and art naming 奇能’s i have nothing to do with explosions (Taiwan/Singapore) explore the weavings of selves across the expanse of time and space: through an excavation of familiar patterns for the former, and through the recognition of the ephemeral, the precious, and the infinitesimal for the latter.

Standard Practice by Eng Kai Er (Singapore/Germany) ruminates on the notion of practice, the thinking about practice, and the ripples of such thinking into society’s organisation of work – ripples that also emerge in Katrina Bastian (New Zealand/Germany)’s Soliloquy in Sweat, an unapologetic, hot-under-the-collar confrontation of the treatment and exploitation of the dancer’s labour.

Puri Senja’s The Other Half (Indonesia) tries to unload the embedded, embodied memories in the wake of trauma that surface and resurface in the body’s interaction with the everyday; Seo Jeong Bin (South Korea)’s There was no room for food situates the body in an environment more invasive than provisional. ORGARHYTHM by Kenji Shinohe (Japan/Germany) presents the body at crossroads with technology: could our fallible fleshiness be obliterated in the face of technological evolution?

Programme A | 17 June 8pm*, 18 June 3pm
Standard Practice (excerpt) – Eng Kai Er (Singapore/Germany)
The Other Half – Puri Senja (Indonesia)
ORGARHYTHM – Kenji Shinohe (Japan/Germany)
*with post-show dialogue

Programme B | 18 June 8pm*^, 19 June 3pm^
Limbo – Chloe Chua (Singapore/USA)
There was no room for food – Seo Jeong Bin (South Korea)
i have nothing to do with explosions – art naming 奇能 (Singapore/Taiwan)
Soliloquy in Sweat – Katrina Bastian (New Zealand/Germany)
*with post-show dialogue
^with 10 mins intermission

Programme A: Advisory 16 (Partial Nudity)
Programme B: R18 (Full Nudity)

For more information on the artists, do check out the “Artists” page.

*Note: The programme lineup for Open Stage may be revised at the Festival’s discretion in accordance with the prevailing travel restrictions.

Perks &

General discounts

Only applicable to shows held at Esplanade and selected events held at T.H.E Dance Company’s studio.

Friends of T.H.E (Emanate)

25% off

Friends of T.H.E (Embrace),
Esplanade&Me Black and White Cardholders

20% off

Friends of T.H.E (Embark)

15% off

Concession Perks

NAC-AEP Tote Board Arts Grant

Schools are eligible for the Public Arts Programme funding of up to 50% from Tote Board Arts Grant. For schools interested in bulk-booking tickets for students, please contact us at

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