Singaporean Artists Debut at Adelaide Fringe


Singaporean Artists Debut at Adelaide Fringe


Singapore’s performing arts are set to make waves Down Under. The National Arts Council (NAC) will be profiling multi-faceted arts practitioner, Ramesh Meyyappan, andSingapore dance group, Maya Dance Theatre, in a double bill at the Adelaide Fringe inAustralia. This is the first time that Singapore artists perform at the festival.


Ramesh Meyyappan will present his critically acclaimed solo performance Mistero Buffo, which had previously toured America, Europe and Asia. A deaf performer, Ramesh is known for using a range of visual and physical styles. He is also one of Singapore’s most versatile and outstanding solo performing artists, having received nominations at theSingapore Life! Theatre Awards for Best Leading Actor in Mistero Buffo (2003) and This Side Up (2006).


Maya Dance Theatre, led by Artistic Director, Kavitha Krishnan, will present Atma (Sanskrit for ‘Soul’). A contemporary dance-theatre production, Atma will combine several Asian dance forms including Bharatha Natyam from India and Baris Dance from Bali. The performance debuted in October 2007 at the 5th International Arts Festival in Bali,Indonesia, with the support of the NAC’s International Collaboration Grant.


The Fringe is an annual open access multi-arts festival which takes place all over Adelaidefrom 22 February to 16 March 2008.  The Fringe coincides with the 8th Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) in Adelaide, a prestigious one-stop opportunity for programme-makers from all over the world to experience the best in new performing arts from the Australian region. Presented by The Australia Council for the Arts, the APAM will take place from 25 to 29 February in Adelaide. The NAC will also be setting up a booth at APAM.


Through the Fringe showcase and its participation in APAM, the NAC aims to promoteSingapore performing arts companies and artists overseas, to position Singapore as performing arts centre of South East Asia, showcase the diversity of Singapore artists, and extend the market reach of Singapore arts. The APAM is also an excellent networking platform for arts practitioners, industry professionals and leaders, and Singapore artists will gain valuable experience and exposure at this event.


We warmly welcome you to lend coverage to the Singapore artists participating in the Adelaide Fringe and APAM.


Attached are the following annexes:

Annex 1:          Information on Ramesh Meyyappan and Mistero Buffo


Annex 2:          Information on Maya Dance Theatre and Atma


Annex 3:          Performance details for the Singapore Double Bill