How readily our thoughts swarm upon a new object, lifting it a little way, as ants carry a blade of straw so feverishly, and then leave it....
- from The Mark on the Wall by Virginia Woolf
FIVE is inspired by the actors’ original works which they developed during the COVID-19 pandemic, and by Virginia Woolf’s The Mark on the Wall. You will see five actors with their heart and soul, telling stories that are very closely linked to their lives and who they are.
With FIVE, we wanted to explore the experiences of solitude and separation, and ask these questions: How does it feel to be cut off from regular human contact? What happens to a mind and body which can only connect with others virtually? What does it mean to be an artist in this “new” world?
Many thanks to Chng Xin Xuan, Genevieve Peck, Guo Ningru, Lim Chin Huat, Simon Stollery, Clarisse Ng, Vivi Agustina, Marilyn Chew, Stev.e Kwek, Raymond Goei, Jeannette Chong, Tan Wei Ting, Looi Wan Ping, Chen Junbin, Elaine Chan, Yap Seok Hui and ARTFACTORY for coming on board to help shape and make this work. Thank you Sasi and ITI for inviting me to work with these committed actors. Most importantly, thank you to Kyongsu, Aki, Prajith, Ramith and Rhian for sharing your stories, inspiring new insights and breathing life into FIVE.
Thank you for watching the show! Enjoy!
- Kok Heng Leun
Kyongsu Kathy Han
Kyongsu Kathy Han is a versatile performer-practitioner. She is classically trained in ballet and holds a BA (Hons) in Acting from LASALLE College of the Arts.
Her body of work includes theatre for young audiences, musicals, opera, dance and film. She has worked with local companies such as Cake Theatrical Productions and The Finger Players. She made her directorial debut in 2018 with Dialogues des Carmelites, and has choreographed for New Opera Singapore. International collaborations include The Revolutionary Model Play 2.0 (Théatre du Rêve Expérimental / Singapore International Festival of the Arts 2015) directed by Wang Chong from Beijing, China.
Being multiracial and trilingual, Kyongsu has always been drawn to complexities, specifically in theatre. To further expand as a multidisciplinary artist, she trains in the martial art Ninjutsu at Bujinkan Ryuko Dojo, and in Odissi at Chowk.
When not on stage, Kyongsu teaches. She has coached dance and theatre in various schools such as Soul of Art Academy, and most recently the theatre club of Temasek Hall at National University of Singapore.
Kyongsu is a recipient of the Tan Chay Bing Education Fund Scholarship and a beneficiary of the Möbius Fund, which provides loans for actor-students.
Li-chuan Lin (a.k.a. Aki)
Aki is from Pingtung, Taiwan. Her theatre experience includes the role of Jill in Equus (Spring Wind Theatre), Min-min in A World that is Ignored《看不見的視界》(68 Theatre), and theatre for children with Happy Bird Story Theatre. She also worked as a primary school art and theatre teacher before coming to ITI.
Aki’s artistic journey began at a young age when she learned to play the piano and paint, inspired by the artistic interests of her grandmothers and her mother. She holds a Bachelor of Social Science in Multicultural and Linguistic Studies from Tamkang University.
In the future, Aki hopes to work as an actor and arts educator, and bring the arts to every corner of the country.
Prajith K Prasad
Prajith K Prasad is from Trivandrum, Kerala. He began doing theatre, music and dance while in school, and has worked as an actor with Abhinaya Theatre Research Centre (India), Moon Fool (UK) and MA Company (Germany). He has also participated in several theatre festivals in India, including the International Theatre Festival of Kerala and Soorya Theatre Festival.
Prajith trained under Anna-Helena McLean (Gardzienice, Poland) and Ando Tomoko (ARICA, Japan), and was a participant in Play Practice international dance residency (Bangalore, India). He holds a BA in English Literature from Kerala University.
Prajith is a beneficiary of the Möbius Fund.
Ramith Ramesh is a Kutiyattam practitioner, theatre actor, drummer and poet from Kerala. He has been active in the arts for 17 years.
From 2008 to 2016, Ramith trained at Kerala Kalamandalam, studying up to undergraduate level in Kutiyattam, Chakyarkoothu and Sanskrit under renowned master teachers such as Padmasree Sivan Namboodiri and Guru Rama Chakyar.
His theatre experience includes work with Ariane Mnouchkine in 2016. He has also worked on two short films as assistant director. To hone his skills as a performer and further his training in traditional and contemporary theatre, Ramith decided to come to ITI.
As a Kutiyattam and Chakyarkoothu performer, Ramith has presented over 250 performances across India, France and Singapore, including at major national festivals such as Nila Dance and Music Festival, Shimoga Festival, Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy Festival, Parinithy Festival and Yoga Parv. He has taught Kutiyattam in several theatre companies in India, and has been a judge on the panel for Kerala’s state arts festivals for five years.
Ramith’s awards include the Achutha Kurup Endowment for being the top Kutiyattam student at Kerala Kalamandalam (2012–2013) and the title of Natyasri for his dedication in promoting Kutiyattam (2017), as well as national awards Natya Sreshta Puraskar and Natwar Gopalakrishna (2017).
Ramith is a recipient of a scholarship sponsored by a private philanthropist and a beneficiary of the Möbius Fund.
Rhian Hiew Khai Chin
Rhian Hiew Khai Chin is an actor from Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia. She performed in Pitapat Theatre’s production An Enemy of the People.At the Moment in 2015, and collaborated with ITI alumni on Pitapat Theatre’s site-specific production Theatre in Hotel in 2019, where she performed her original work, The One When He Was Late.
In 2019, Rhian facilitated improvisation workshops with Kasing Sining theatre group in the Philippines and Aaakar theatre group in Allahabad, India.
After graduation, Rhian plans to work in community theatre in Sabah and collaborate regionally with her cohort and other ITI alumni. She also plans to continue her own training and research as a performer and theatre-maker.
Rhian is a recipient of the Tan Chay Bing Education Fund Scholarship and a beneficiary of the Möbius Fund.