Esplanade Presents | Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts 华艺节 2018


Einstein in the Carpark

Emergency Stairs (Singapore/China)
An Esplanade Commission
1 – 4 Mar 2018Thu – Sun
Thu: 8pm
Fri: 8pm & 11.30pm
Sat: 4pm & 8pm
Sun: 4pm
1 – 4 Mar 2018 : 8pm
2 Mar 2018 : 11.30pm
3 & 4 Mar 2018 : 4pm
Download the programme booklet Einstein in the Carpark | 2.32 mb
1hr 30mins (no intermission)
Esplanade B2 Carpark
Performed in Mandarin and English. There will be no surtitles provided. English and Chinese translation of songs and text used in the performance will be provided in programme booklets.

Advisory: Recommended for audience aged 12 and above. Please be dressed comfortably as the Basement Carpark can be warm, and travel light as audience members will be walking and standing throughout the performance.

Meet at Esplanade Basement 2 carpark foyer 15mins before start time.
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Concessions for students, NSFs and seniors: $20

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All Junior Colleges / Centralised Institute & ITEs may use the Tote Board Arts Grant to subsidise up to 50% of the programme cost.

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In the hauntingly quiet Esplanade B2 carpark, two men meet. One is Zhang Jun, possessing in him 600 years of Kun Opera history. The other is George Chan, trained in musicals, the centuries-old Western art form.

An original work where East meets West through past and present, this site-specific production is a journey.

Here are some tips to help you make the most of your time in the carpark.

1. You can't use an old map to explore a new world.

2. Imagination is more important than knowledge. With an open mind, you will see plenty and discover more.

3. The vehicles that you see do not belong to Einstein. Please try not to set off any alarms.

4. You cannot love a car the way you love a horse. If you see a car coming at you or others around you, please get out of harm's way.

5. The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once. This journey is 90 mins long.

6. Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them. But you don't have to test your limits, look for the bar stools if you really need to rest.

7. If you get lost, follow your curiosity

8. You may encounter Einstein.

9. The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. You determine your own experience, which is also relative to fellow audiences on the same journey.

Despite the many artistic hats that he dons, musical theatre is still George Chan’s first love. Here's why

- Feel the Earth Move

The Theory of Relativity tells us: if Einstein can find a car moving at the speed of light, time will stand still, and space will cease. 

As the prince of Kunqu and leading actor of musicals face each other, each with their own histories and cultures etched in their bodies, what do they say? What can’t they hold back? 

Einstein in the Carpark is directed and conceptualised by Young Artist Award recipient Liu Xiaoyi, together with two award-winning artists, lighting artist Lim Woan Wen and sound artist Darren Ng. This work is also an Esplanade commission and the second instalment of Emergency Stairs' Post Dramatic Theatre Series.

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