Esplanade Presents


In Conversation: Memories, Nostalgia & Built Heritage

Dr Natalie Pang, Han Xuemei and Joel Tan (Singapore)

20 Aug 2023, Sun, 5pm


(Intermission: None)

Studio 219 (Esplanade Mall, #02-19)

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Dr Natalie Pang, Han Xuemei, Joel Tan

All built heritage holds memories, and also has great potential to create and transmit new memories. Some of these memories manifest as nostalgia—a yearning to return to what is seen as favourable in the past.  


But what does it mean to have memories and nostalgia towards built heritage and landmarks? In what contemporary ways are they transmitted, and what roles do they play in meaning-making and fostering a collective sense of identity?  


This conversation will seek to untangle these themes, including public attitudes and perceptions towards built heritage and landmarks in Singapore. The audience will also be invited to consider their own personal biases, based on aesthetics, personal encounters, and the impact of civic engagement and social media. 


This is a companion programme to Mosaic (18 – 20 Aug 2023) at the Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade. The Studios companion programmes are an invitation to deepen engagement with the artistic works and the conversations raised in the season.


• Patrons who have registered will have priority entry to the venue.

• Patrons who have registered must arrive 5 mins before the start of the event to guarantee your admission.

• Patrons who have registered but are not at the venue 5 mins before the start will have their seats released to walk-in patrons on a first-come, first-served basis.

• Limited seats are available at the door.

• If you are unable to join us, you may pass the e-ticket to someone else or return your tickets via the link on your SISTIC confirmation email

Admission Age:
6 and above.
Language: English
Things to Note:
Accessibility Advisory: We provide a range of access services and relaxed performances for patrons with access needs. For wheelchair-accessible seats, please call Esplanade Customer Experience at 6828 8377 for assistance. Concessions for Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) and up to one accompanying companion are available. | View our accessibility guide
Artist Information

Dr Natalie Pang

Dr Natalie Pang is Deputy Head at the Communications and New Media Department, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at National University of Singapore, and University Librarian of NUS Libraries. She is also ExCo Member of the Singapore Heritage Society. Between 2017 – 2019, she worked on a project to understand public opinions and perceptions of built heritage and landmarks in Singapore.

Han Xuemei

Han Xuemei (韩雪梅) is a theatre practitioner based in Singapore, and currently serves as the co-artistic director of theatre company Drama Box. She believes in socially engaged practice, and imagines the arts as an integral ingredient for beauty and hope in society. Her artistic practice involves designing experiences, spaces and conditions for people to exercise their right to be creative, disrupt routines and deconstruct paradigms. She has conceptualised, directed, designed and facilitated numerous performances including Assembly (2022), FLOWERS (2019), The Gift (2018) and MISSING: The City of Lost Things (2018)—multi-disciplinary experiences that engage the audience in deeply visceral and personal ways. In 2021, she received the Young Artist Award, Singapore’s highest award for young arts practitioners.

Joel Tan

Joel Tan is a Singaporean playwright based in London and Singapore. Recent works include The Butterfly Lovers (Victorian Opera/Wild Rice), No Particular Order (Theatre 503, The Studios: TRIP at Esplanade), shortlisted for the George Devine Award, Tartuffe (Wild Rice), When The Daffodils (Orange Tree Theatre); Living Archive (Royal Court); Ghosts in the Blood (Audible UK) and Augmented Chinatown (Chinese Arts Now). Upcoming work includes new plays with Wild Rice, the Royal Court, Headlong Theatre and the Almeida Theatre.


Joel also works inter-disciplinarily and has collaborated with visual artists, poets, musicians and dancers as a writer, director and dramaturg.

Date & Time

20 Aug 2023, Sun


Studio 219 (Esplanade Mall, #02-19)

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