In a New Light is an international digital performance project, a collaboration between artists and children in Scotland, Bangladesh and Singapore to provide greater access to the arts. Young people from each country worked together with a team of artists to explore the collective voice of children and young people in relation to the current ecological crisis. Young people from St Ninian’s R.C. Primary School (Edinburgh, Scotland), Beyond Social Services (Singapore) and Gidree Bawlee Foundation of Arts (Balia, Bangladesh) will take part.
Three experienced artists – Gudrun Soley Sigurdardottir (Scotland), Kamruzzaman Shadhin (Bangladesh), and Renee Chua (Singapore) have delivered and documented the project whilst also responding to the young people’s ideas and the process itself.
This cross-cultural collaboration culminates in a short performance film; capturing original movement, text, song and reflections from the young people and artists working collaboratively across the three countries. Having premiered at the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival 2021, this film captures the creative process which was both reflective and responsive, allowing for collective and individual responses to the themes of the project. The young people’s thoughts, ideas and experiences are at the core of this project and their performance will center around their emotional connection to the ecological crisis rather than a didactic presentation.
Watch the In A New Light film here:
This film was made by Gudrun Soley Sigurdardottir (Lead Artist – Scotland and Film Director), Renee Chua (Lead Artist – Singapore) and Kamruzzaman Shadhin (Bangladesh), with filming by Conor Reilly (Scotland), Wan Man and Ler Jiyuan (Singapore) and Salma Jamal Moushum (Bangladesh). The film was edited by Conor Reilly (Scotland) and Sound Design is by Gudrun Soley Sigurdardottir (Scotland). The text is written by children in all three countries.
In A New Light is a partnership between The Artground (Singapore), Gidree Bawlee Foundation of Arts (Bangladesh) and Imaginate (Scotland). The project has been developed as part of the Singapore International Foundation’s Arts for Good Projects
In Singapore, the project is led by local theatre artist Renee Chua and The Artground in partnership with Beyond Social Services..
Renee Chua is a theatre maker and an applied theatre practitioner based in Singapore. As a theatre maker, she is passionate about theatre with social consciousness. Some of her works investigate topics such as women’s issues, racism, bullying, inequality and environmental issues.She is inspired by devising processes and collaborating with fellow actors and artists to co-create theatrical works that are multidisciplinary.
As an actress, she has worked with various Singaporean theatre companies and her notable works include Magic Lantern (Paper Monkey, won ST Life! Award for Best Production for Young), 11 (Theatre Practice, nominated for Best Ensemble), Home Boxes (Paper Monkey, nominated for Best Ensemble). Renee’s directorial works include a devised piece Wonderland (Double bill, M1 Peer Pleasure), The Puppet King (NAFA, Toy Factory), The House of Bernarda Alba (NAFA).
Renee has founded Her Playback Theatre in 2018, a company made up of only women to serve women’s stories. She is also with Tapestry Playback Theatre since 2006, working with various communities to promote dialogue and social change. Renee is a graduate from Centre of Playback Theatre (Dip) and National University of Singapore (BA).