Theatre Practitioner and Educator
Physicality, Philosophy and Symbolism of Asian Theatre Art Forms
As a multi-cultural and global society, Singaporeans are constantly in contact with different cultures of the world. In the process of constant encounters and negotiations with diverse cultures, we could discover new aspects that could enrich us.
In this session, Peter would introduce the history, development, philosophy, performance physicality and symbolism of four Asian classical theatre art forms – Noh (Japan), Beijing Opera (China), Kudiyattum (India) and Wayang Wong (Indonesia). He would share through personal learnt experiences, the challenge of learning these art forms and adapting the essence of each to contemporary theatre performance-making, as well as how these experiences physically, emotionally and spiritually nourish him as an artist.
Peter would also share how he teaches Noh theatre at the School of the Arts as part of the students’ exposure to Asian theatre, provoking them to re-understand their bodies and minds, as well as re-think about their philosophies of making theatre. This paves the way for them to immerse themselves independently in world theatre traditions.
About the Speaker
Peter Sau graduated from the Intercultural Theatre Institute (Singapore) with a Professional Diploma in Intercultural Theatre (Acting) and holds a Master of Arts in Advanced Theatre Practice from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London. Under the direct tutelage of the late Mr Kuo Pao Kun, Peter’s training in contemporary theatre approaches and Asian traditional art forms not only equipped him with performance techniques, but also analytical viewpoints and rich cultural landscapes that enhance his ability to work cross-culturally with Singaporean and international artists. He is also trained in a range of theatre training approaches including Viewpoints, Suzuki and other psycho-physical methods.
Peter is a producer, actor, writer, educator and pioneer in professionalising disability arts and culture in Singapore. He has performed in 11 countries and was conferred the Young Artist Award by the National Arts Council in 2011. In 2015, he also won ‘Best Actor’ in the Life! Theatre Awards.
At SOTA, Peter teaches performance skills, Devised Theatre and Asian classical theatre. With his professional experience, he prepares students in the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP) for further training and professional development so as to pursue theatre as a career in the future.