Thursday, 13 February 2014

History and Its Currency Talk Series | Making Multilingual Theatre: The Strange Case of "National Language Class" by Paul Rae

Chua Mia Tee,"National Language Class", 1959, oil on canvas, 112 x 153 cm.
Date: 13 February 2014, Thursday
Time: 8.00pm - 10.00pm
 
Venue: NUS Museum

Based on a 1959 painting by Chua Mia Tee of the same name, National Language Class, a multi-lingual performance directed and co-written by Paul Rae, the performance explored the relationships between language, ethnicity and national identity, and the shifting power dynamics that subsequently emerged. In this inaugural session, Rae will discuss the process and the strategies used to develop the performance, particularly with regards to the issues and implications between translation and performance.

Paul Rae teaches on the Theatre Studies Programme at the National University of Singapore, and is co-director, with Kaylene Tan, of spell#7 performance (www.spell7.net). He is the author of Theatre & Human Rights (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), Associate Editor of the journal Theatre Research International, and has published widely on contemporary theatre and performance. His current projects include a monograph entitled Real Theatre, and a co-edited volume, It Starts Now: Performance Avant-Gardes in East and Southeast Asia (with Peter Eckersall).


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