Hoo Kuan Cien

Arts Manager(Singapore)

Arts Manager Residency
Period: from 25 October 2012 to 25 November 2012

■Research Outline

Research Theme Japan – Singapore exchange: New Generations, New Encounters
Brief Description of the Research To explore the Japanese contemporary theater and dance today through interviews, meetings and by attending performances with the aim to explore a new paradigm of international exchange for the performing arts between Japan and Singapore, especially having a strong interest in discussing the paradigm in a Asian context with Japanese young artists and critics.


25 October 2012 Arrives in Japan
26 October 2012 to 24 November 2012 – Interviews artists and arts administrators in Tokyo and Yokohama
– Attends performances at Festival Tokyo and other theaters.
– Participates in F/T Dialogue as a guest participant
31 October 2012 Public talk at Morishita Studio
12 and 19 November 2012 – Participates in a talk session as a speaker at F/T Dialogue produced by Daisuke Muto
17 November 2012 – Participates in a post-performance talk of “Gay Romeo” as a speaker at F/T
25 November 2012 Departs Japan

■Public Talk

Date 31 October 2012
Time 19:00-21:30
Place Studio S, Morishita Studio
Title A brief survey of Singapore theater – Struggle, Identity and Politics

Hoo Kuan Cien gave a brief history of Singaporean theater since its independence in 1965, focusing points such as multi-intercultural theater, political theater, censorship and community arts, and gave examples of some cultural activities by Kuo Pao Kun, The Necessary Stage and TheaterWorks.

Hoo Kuan Cien
Born in Singapore

Hoo Kuan Cien graduated from National University of Singapore where he majored in Theater Studies and took an internship at The Necessary Stage. After the graduation, he worked at Singapore Arts Festival, Singapore Fringe Festival and The Necessary Stage, and was a project manager of TheaterWorks. His diverse projects to date have included the Flying Circus Project, an international arts lab in Singapore, Cambodia and Vietnam, and the international tour of the Continuum: Beyond The Killing Fields to Festival Panorama (Brazil), Romaeuropa (Italy) and the Kenneth Myer Asia Theater (Australia).


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