OCT

SINGAPORE GIRL, OR HERITAGE DEPLOYED


HERITAGE INDUSTRY

For the month of October, we look at an early instance of deployed heritage, the iconic Singapore Girl, through an interactive experience, a theatre variety show by Tan Kheng Hua, and of course, a SAD party.

INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE
Singapore Girl and the Chamber of Trials and Tribulations


Interactive experience by The Substation

What goes into making a stratospheric icon? How heavy does the weight of heritage rest on one Singapore Girl's deportment? How much cabin pressure is cinched into the form-fitting and beautiful seams of the kebaya?

Part fuselage, part adventure course, and part exhibition, the gallery is transformed into an experience that explores the mythology constructed around the Singapore Girl. Adapting from the famed interview and training processes which prospective crew members endure—from Height & Articulation tests to Etiquette & Deportment standards, the interactive experience puts visitors through a gamut of tongue-in-cheek trials to see if they have what it takes to become a national icon.

This is an highly interactive experience that requires pre-registration of slots. Sign up for the experience here.

6 OCT–4 NOV
Thursday & Friday, 6–9PM
Saturday & Sunday, 3–9PM
Closed Monday to Wednesday

The Substation Gallery

Free Admission, REGISTER NOW︎

26, 27 & 28 OCT
2, 3 & 4 NOV, 8PM

The Substation Theatre

$15 (concession)
$25 (show only) or
$30* (show + afterparty)

*Afterparty only on 26 Oct & 3 Nov,
inclusive of 1 drink


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THEATRE VARIETY SHOW
She’s A Great Way To Fly


Co-presented with Tan Kheng Hua

Ladies & gentleman, this is a test. How “Singapore” is the “Singapore Girl” the whole world knows and desires? And why is she not a “Singapore Woman”? More importantly, will the kebaya hold up in the face of an inflight emergency? Is the slit high enough to send her down the aisle to save lives? A motley crew of artists test this dress and ponders the brand’s success. 

Fasten Your Seatbelts. Stay In Your Seats. Don’t Take Yourself So Seriously, Ok? This Is Only A Test.

Featuring performances by Yen Then, ScRach MarcS, Jana Ann & Joy Ng, Leonard Choo, Audrey Teong, Shirin Keshvani, Alysha Chandra,  and Jacqueline Chang, and a short film by Andre Chong & Lim Zeharn.

With support from Alberta Wileo, Day Cutiongco, and Allison Menon.

PANEL DISCUSSION
Who Are You? (Singapore Girl)


A panel of speakers from different fields who have addressed the Singapore Girl in their research, will share their perspectives and readings of her.

Academic Dr. Simon Obendorf will speak from a perspective of gender politics, and how the Singapore Girl has been shaped according to the demands of the state; author Koh Buck Song will reflect on the value of the Singapore Girl as an ambassador for brand Singapore; and artist John Clang will speak about her from the angle of nostalgia, and how she anchors us to a sense of national identity.

Speakers:
John Clang (Artist)
Koh Buck Song (Writer)
Dr. Simon Obendorf (Academic)

Moderated by Alan Oei


6 OCT, 6–7.30PM
The Substation Theatre

Free Admission with light refreshments,
SIGN UP HERE︎




6 OCT, 8.30–10.30PM
The Substation Theatre

Watch the trailer here

Standard: $12
Concession: $8

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FILM SCREENING
I Am Not A Witch [PG]


A dark satirical fairy tale about a little girl accused of being a witch. Shula (meaning ‘to be uprooted’) is a nine-year-old girl who has to make a choice: accept being branded and marketed as a witch by society, or to sever ties with tradition and be transformed into a goat.

A parable of magic and misogyny, superstition and social strictures in African culture, the film is an ironic take on how culture and tradition shape (and exploit) female iconology to form the perspectives of society at large.

The first feature by Zambian-born, Welsh-raised director Rungano Nyoni, I Am Not a Witch debuted at the Cannes Film Festival, and was selected recently as the British entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards.

Includes post-film conversation with Dr. Simon Obendorf.



#SUBAFTERDARK
SAD: This Girl’s in Love with You


Co-presented with Becca d’Bus

October's SAD (ad)dresses the nation's favourite snug kebaya-clad icon, The Singapore Girl. Is she a problematic figure? Are her perfectly coiffed hair and cherry red lips still the paradigm of Asian warmth, elegance, and beauty? Were they ever? We don't know. But we're throwing a party in her honour anyway.

From an alternative Balmain army led by Becca d'Bus, to a slew of performers, to late-night confession sessions with ex-crew members; come to be draped in batik, sprinkled with glitter, and regaled by what it means to be a Singapore Body.

WHAT IS SAD?︎

13 OCT, 8–11PM
The Substation Theatre

$15, or $25 with 2 free drinks

JOIN US FOR THE PARTAYYY︎