It takes a community to build community.
Each of the partners we work with brings something valuable to the table, contributing towards developing thriving communities. Our interdisciplinary work means we’ve worked with stakeholders across different disciplines and sectors, leveraging on a wide range of resources and expertise to create impact and lasting value.
THE ARTS FISSION COMPANY
Co-founded in 1994 by Cultural Medallion Recipient Angela Liong, The ARTS FISSION Company is a contemporary dance company that also engages in research for active ageing in collaboration with healthcare professionals. They developed a creative movement programme Everyday Waltzes For Active Ageing to stimulate cognition and physical mobility of seniors. Since 2014, this programme has extended its reach through the training of health care staff as facilitators. That initiative was commissioned by Agency for Integrated Care with the support of National Arts Council, and produced by ArtsWok Collaborative.
Brack is a Singapore-based platform for socially-engaged artists in Southeast Asia.
They are interested in practices of gathering, and in dialogical exchanges across mediums, disciplines, and communities. They seek to understand how socially engaged art can activate a community or society, and seek to experiment in those very activations—through the way they write, work with artists, and engage with audiences.
Buds Theatre was conceived in 2007 as a theatre company and a platform for young theatre graduates. It has since gained recognition and respect across the region as an incubator for aspiring young artists and practitioners of excellence. Buds Theatre is the founder of Buds Youth Theatre (BYT), for youths aged 15 – 23 years. BYT has graduated, sponsored and supported over 500+ youth participants to date.
THE COMMUNITY THEATRE
The Community Theatre is an initiative by Beyond Social Services that rallies volunteers from different walks of life to co-create a show that engages its audience to reflect on the social challenges faced by children and families from low-income backgrounds.
Since 2015, The Community Theatre has developed into a youth development programme that engages both rental and purchased-flat youths to produce interactive performances base on personal experiences. These performances are toured to various rental flat communities which enables youth volunteers to contribute back to their own community despite their challenging situations. Through these performances, audiences are encouraged to contribute their thoughts about the issues at hand through a safe and interactive experience of theatre.
BEYOND SOCIAL SERVICES
Beyond Social Services is a charity dedicated to helping children and youths from less privileged backgrounds break away from the poverty cycle. They provide guidance, care and resources that enable families and communities to keep their young people in school and out of trouble.
Drama Box is a contemporary theatre company formed in 1990, which has since gained a reputation for presenting works that raise social awareness and inculcate civic responsibility amongst Singaporeans. Its productions are fun and entertaining, yet thought-provoking and reflective. They want their audience to be stimulated by the aesthetic experience, provoked to think about the issues presented, and participate actively in their works as “Spect-Actors” or “Creators”.
THE FINGER PLAYERS
The Finger Players is one of Singapore’s leading theatre companies, known for its visually and emotionally charged productions, and its signature style of puppetry. The company has won numerous awards, like the President’s Design Award 2007, and multiple Life! Theatre Awards. For pushing the conventions of theatre in pursuit of greater artistic excellence through pioneering efforts in puppet theatre, and effectively using drama to connect with different segments of society, The Finger Players was conferred the Singapore Youth Award (Team) in 2008.
LET’S GO PLAY OUTSIDE!
Let’s Go PLay OutSide! (LGPO!) was initiated in 2016 as the first flagship programme of 3Pumpkins, a socially-engaged arts organisation. The programme is a social practice that encourages communities to play together, connecting people by engaging the youngest and most vulnerable yet most imaginative members of the society – children. The work stems from recognition of a lack in arts activities accessible for children and families from less privileged background, and explores the role of artists as agents of social change.
THE NECESSARY STAGE
Formed in 1987, The Necessary Stage (TNS) is a theatre company with a mission to create challenging, indigenous and innovative theatre that touches the heart and mind. TNS is a recipient of the National Arts Council’s Major Grant FY2014-FY2016, and is also the organiser of the annual M1 Singapore Fringe Festival. TNS also has the honour of being the only arts company in Singapore helmed by two Cultural Medallion recipients: Artistic Director Alvin Tan and Resident Playwright Haresh Sharma.
Rolypoly Family facilitates dance and play experiences for children and families.
They work with partners and schools to bring their unique blend of dance, structured facilitation and freeplay to children and families across Singapore (and beyond).
TAPESTRY PLAYBACK THEATRE LTD
Tapestry Playback Theatre Ltd is a community theatre company that bases its transformative work on the playback theatre form. Their vision is to create a safe inclusive space for personal stories and community dialogue. They have provided workshops and performances for local social service organisations, hospitals and non-governmental organisations. Tapestry is a Company Partner of the Centre for Playback Theatre (CPT) and a member of the International Playback Theatre Network (IPTN).