Baggage tracks the journey of the performers as they run from home until they realize that what they are running from is really the luggage bag that they keep right next to them.
What inspired you to come up with this performance?
Some reflection of my journey of moving and staying, and the need to express this journey inspired me to come up with the first version of this script.
What is your process?
I improvised some movements with a luggage bag, and subsequently, as I explored my relationship with the luggage bag (and the word ‘Baggage’), the rest of the script followed.
What do you hope to achieve with this performance?
I hope to gain some distance from this journey by devising it with other people. Hopefully this journey resonates with them, and I will be able to incorporate their reflection into the piece, so that I am no longer alone on my journey.
Eugene loves moving and writing, something about expressing through the extremities seems satisfying. He has done many forms of improvisation, including tango, 5 rhythms, physical theater and comedy improv, and he enjoys co-creating with people.
Victoria Chen is a theatre-maker who seeks intersectional, interdisciplinary and international collaborations. In 2021, she made her professional directorial debut with the Singapore premiere of Mike Bartlett’s award-winning play, Bull. She presented Maiden Monologues in early 2022, her first directorial work for Zoom in celebration of International Women’s Day, and recently directed the sold out production of Ovidia Yu’s Hitting (On) Women at Projector X.
Vic is currently developing a mini audio drama series, Jade: The Quarterlife Crisis, which is dedicated to anyone whose 20’s has not turned out the way they expected despite doing everything they thought was right. Find out more about Vic’s work on IG: @vhickles.
Chrisdale Allison is a Musical Theatre performer and writer from sunny Singapore. She is currently studying a BA in Musical Theatre at Lasalle College of the Arts. She has been involved in productions like Into The Woods, The Evolution of Musical Theatre, Song Cycle, Bring It On! and cabarets. She is a mental health advocate who believes stories are an essential way of exploring the human condition. Baggage is her first devised physical theatre piece and the process has been both exciting and rewarding. On the side, Chrisdale is a writer and poet of several short stories and plays and does performance poetry in her free time.
Ethan Jacob Curnett
Ethan has been working in theatre for almost a decade now- with a background in comedy, he never hesitates to pick up a script that will get a laugh- that being said, the rehearsal process for Baggage has been new and unique for him, being his first experience in devised physical theatre.
Other highlights in his past include High School Musical, Descendants of the Eunuch Admiral, The Laramie Project, and Oh! What a Lovely War!
Ethan currently is training in Lasalle College of the Arts’ BA Acting Programme, where he is beginning his third year.
Mel is an actor, writer and mover who enjoys collaboration in art and theatre-making. She trained with Young&W!ld (class of 2019) and was part of the ensemble for Tartuffe: The Imposter. Her other recent works include Blackout (NUS Stage) and forum theatre piece Ladies’ Night: Our Time to Talk (Rangbhumi Applied Theatre). Outside of theatre, Mel is either coaching Wushu or laughing at her own jokes.