RE:KINDLE LOVE «再 见 爱»
First ever Mandarin Dinner-Musical experience in Singapore (with English Surtitles)
SINGAPORE, 16 November 2009 – Come Valentine’s Day 2010, Ko-Nen Creative and The Arts House will present the first ever Mandarin dinner- musical theatre experience in Singapore. Re:Kindle Love «再见爱» which will run 5 -14 February 2010 at The Hall at The Arts House. Re:Kindle Love «再见爱» marks the first Mandarin musical collaboration between Ko-Nen Creative and The Arts House.
Led by a strong cast and creative team, Re:Kindle Love «再见爱» stars Emma Young (winner of Best Supporting Actress at the Life! Theatre Awards for Shanghai Blue Toy Factory in 2008) as the lead actress as well as actors Darius Tan and Trey Ho. This is also Emma’s first lead role in a Mandarin musical since her supporting role in a Mandarin musical, Shanghai Blues in 2008.
Re:Kindle Love «再见爱» is a tale about promised love that is destroyed under devastating circumstances. The story revolves around a young man and the various complexities which he faces with three women from different generations. It celebrates the optimism and hope that springs from true love, which is shared by a courageous man with those whom he loves during the journey of his life. But most of all, Re:Kindle Love «再见爱» reminds us to cherish our present and our lives, and to stay positive no matter how tough the going gets.
Says Jiu Jian, founder and Artistic Director of Ko-Nen Creative, “Re:Kindle Love «再见爱» is the 1st baby of Ko-nen Creative and it is a dream come true with the warm support of The Arts House and my wonderful creative team and cast. Though it started off in a small scale, I truly hope that the special moments and songs that we have created for Re:Kindle Love «再见爱» will warm each and every heart this coming 2010 Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day and will eventually get to stage its full length musical in near future!”
Concurring, Mr Colin Goh, General Manager of The Arts House, says: “I am pleased that The Arts House is collaborating with Ko-Nen Creative once again after our successful collaboration with Jiu Jian in producing and music directing JING for Asia on The Edge recently. It is even more heartening to know that this is the first Mandarin musical collaboration that The Arts House is embarking on. We hope that with the whole line-up of musicals at The Hall at The Arts House, we can transform The Hall into an incubator and showcase platform for future musicals.
Dubbed “Singapore’s theatre princess” by local press, Emma has performed lead roles in over 60 Singaporean productions in her career so far. Re:Kindle Love «再见爱» will be her first lead role in a Mandarin musical for the bilingual actress. Says Emma, “I first met Jalyn when I was 19. Working with her once again for Re:Kindle Love «再见爱» is what I have wanted to do after all these years. I am also thrilled to be taking on my first lead role in a Mandarin musical which is both an exciting and fulfilling experience for me.”
Known for her angelic yet powerful vocals, Emma held her solo concert at the Esplanade in 2005. Her career also extends to film. Her recently completed film, The Blue Mansion directed by Glen Goei, was well received locally. On stage, she was recently seen as the fairy queen Titania in Midsummer Night’s Dream and as the iconic diva Sally Bowles in Toy Factory’s production of Cabaret, where she played opposite Taiwanese matinee idol Fei Xiang.
On the idea behind Re:Kindle Love «再见爱», the multi-talented Jiu Jian says: “I was crazy about musicals to the extent that I watched the musical film Pirates of Penzance five times in a row! Being a troule dteen, I turned to songs and happy stories in muscials to stave off loneliness. I was especially inspired by 爱的天地, popular Taiwan Chinese musical movie produced in the 80’s which has a similar plot to that of the western musical classic Sound of Music. 爱的天地 tellsa simple story that is set in an orphanage and talks not only about love between lovers, but also friendship between teachers and students that I find lacking in the local Chinese theatre and musical scene.”
Jiu Jian recently set up Ko-Nen Creative, a non-profit company, to promote Mandarin multi-disciplinary performances and creative events that involve art, music, theatre and lifestyle fashion.
With Re:Kindle Love «再见爱», Ko-Nen Creative and The Arts House are set to create an experience of music and love that the audience will never forget!
Save the date: 5 Jan 2010!
Look out for the “Re:Kindle Love «再见爱», Pre-Show Breakfast” with the press on 5 January 2010. The press and media will get an intimate tête-à-tête with the cast and creative team over breakfast. Invitations and more details will be sent out at a later stage.
For more information on the musical, please contact The Arts House Box Office at +65 6332 6919 or visit www.theartshouse.com.sg
Re:Kindle Love «再见爱»
Director: Jalyn Han
Script: Gloria Chee
Producer, Music Director & Composer: Jiu Jian
Music Arranger: Julian Wong
Production Stage Manager: Ting Hock Hoe
Multimedia Video artiste: Casey Lim
Set Designer: Christina Seet
Lighting Designer: Nick Ho
Photography: Ling Ziyi Rebecca and Poh Yong Hui Pamela
Costume Consultant: Lai Chan
For more information on the musical and ticketing, please contact The Arts House Box Office at +65 6332 6919 or visit www.theartshouse.com.sg
Ko-nen Creative is the brainchild of multi-talented singer/song writer artiste Jiu Jian.
Ko-nen Creative’s mission is to invest in the artistic and cultural development of Singaporean youth in a holistic manner. Apart from having students learn about singing, acting, dancing and musical performance from the best in the industry, life skill lessons are infused into every facet of the programme; from personal grooming, social etiquette to fashion instruction.
Besides grooming young and talented multi disciplinary performers, Ko-nen Creative is committed to promoting cultural appreciation at the community level. We do this by producing creative events for the Singapore art scene which include musical seminars, workshops as well as culture exchanges with American and Chinese experts in the musical field. We aspire to not only develop the very best of artistic talent, but also confident, altruistic and generous world citizens. Ko-nen Creative will be producing A Tea Festival event at the Art House in 2010 as well as Music Directing a musical for the ToothRelicTemple for the celebration of Vesak Day in 2010.
The Arts House
Occupying the 182-year old building which was the former Parliament House and Singapore’s first Court House, The Arts House was officially opened in March 2004 as the only gazetted government building designated as a multidisciplinary arts centre. The Arts Househas since beenoffering itsvisitors a broad spectrum of activities, ranging from contemporary arts & entertainment events to lifestyle options. At the same time, The Arts House plays an active role in the development of the Singapore arts & creative scene with its strong intent in supporting and promoting Singapore artists and their artworks, through its various initiatives and platforms in Singapore as well as internationally. The Arts House is managed by The Old Parliament House Limited, a not-for-profit full-service arts management company limited by guarantee. For more information, please visit www.theartshouse.com.sg
For enquires on media, please contact:
Ms Sarah Ng
Executive, Marketing & Communications
The Arts House
1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429
Tel: +65 6332 6903