BSN’s first presentation dates back to 2013 at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, and it was commissioned by the Lien Foundation and the Ang Chin Moh Foundation, who continued their support until 2019.
In 2014, BSN headed to Khatib and Toa Payoh, and toured 50 senior centres across Singapore between 2014 and 2016. From 2017 to 2019, the BSN team took a longer-term, community-based approach in Chong Pang and Telok Blangah. In 2018, an art-based toolkit was developed to facilitate end-of-life conversations, accompanied by training for care staff and volunteers.
Through a variety of art forms, BSN creates a safe space for deeper end-of-life conversations.
Our showcase includes The Wind Came Home puppetry performance; Exit forum theatre piece; Songs for Tomorrow verbatim theatre that was later adapted into a music theatre piece; Last Dance participatory theatre; short films; animations; participatory artworks; and two public art installations featuring artworks co-created by residents and artists.
Between 2021 and 2022, we produced an edition with the Malay-Muslim community–carving out a space for connection and hope in dealing with difficult topics such as loss, regrets, death and dying. As a part of our process to produce a culturally competent programme, we commissioned a study to understand the community’s views on end-of-life matters.
Our 2021 public engagement programme Kata-Kata Kita (Our Words) took the form of a variety show, featuring live music; a Sandiwara-style drama Sukar (Melepaskan); panel discussions; and even a live call-in show Radio Dukacita–all of which were live-streamed from Aliwal Arts Centre.
Building on the momentum of Kata-Kata Kita, Lepaskan Sesalan (Release Your Regrets) was an in-person public engagement event held at Heartbeat@Bedok. The event featured Kembali, a dance performance by seniors from Montfort Care – Goodlife! Bedok and dance company P7:1SMA; of life and legacy exhibition comprising artworks by community art-makers and artist Dahlia Osman; forum theatre performances; participatory activities; and public talks.