Rethinking Practice and the Practitioner: Pandemic Purpose

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17 June - 12 August 2020 | 3:00 - 5:00pm
Online (Zoom)
Chong Gua Khee, Corrie Tan, Charlene Rajendran


Highlights from nine weekly sessions of Rethinking Practice and the Practitioner: Pandemic Purpose.

In this time of COVID-19 when performing arts across the world is disrupted, where artistic production and live performance as we know it is in question, it is important to find ways to (re)look at practices in order to (re)orientate as practitioners in a mid to post-COVID-19 world.

This 9-week course will invite participants to further develop their critical questioning and reflecting skills, as well as to seek out how to better approach critique as care. Crucially, throughout the course, the participants will be encouraged to collectively reflect on their experiences, so that they are not just learning, but also building more and/or stronger connections with each other, contributing towards an ecology of independent practitioners and future communities of practice.

Suitable for independent/freelance performing arts practitioners who have been working professionally for at least 1-3 years. We welcome a diverse mix of participants across different performing arts fields with a professional practice of their own. Due to the intimate nature of the course environment and structure, the group size is capped at only 12 participants. Interested practitioners will have to apply through an open call (see below for application details).

Selected participants will:

  • Attend a weekly 2-hour online session, facilitated by Chong Gua Khee, Corrie Tan and Charlene Rajendran. The total online contact time with facilitators is 18 hours;
  • Begin the course in a large group (12pax), then split into two groups to attend the Labs, and reconvene at mid points and at the end of the course. (Note that each Lab will be run twice to accommodate the attendance of both groups);
  • Be expected to spend an additional 4 – 5 hours outside of the course for preparatory and thinking work.

Course Schedule

  • 17 June (Wed), 3pm – 5pm
    SESSION 1: Context-setting with Chong Gua Khee, supported by Corrie Tan


  • 24 June, 1 July & 8 July (Wed), 3pm – 5pm
    Participants split into 2 Groups (6pax)
    LAB 1 by Charlene Rajendran: Group Yellow joins this Lab
    LAB 2 by Corrie Tan: Group Green joins this Lab


  • 15 July (Wed), 3pm – 5pm
    SESSION 2: Mid-point check-ins with Chong Gua Khee and Corrie Tan


  • 22 July, 29 July & 5 August (Wed), 3pm – 5pm
    LAB 1 (repeat) by Charlene Rajendran: Group Green joins this Lab
    LAB 2 (repeat) by Corrie Tan: Group Yellow joins this Lab


  • 12 August (Wed), 3pm – 5pm
    SESSION 3: Closing reflection with Chong Gua Khee, supported by Corrie Tan

Course Description

What does it mean to hold space for ourselves and other fellow practitioners? In the midst of Covid-19 when most of us can only connect with others via the mediations of technology, this question seems more crucial than ever. As we grapple with the relentless developments in the world around us, what kinds of structures or routines are we setting up (or not) to ground our connections and conversations? What kinds of interventions can we dream up to support ourselves and others in our practice?

On one level, these sessions are intended to provide a thread by which participants can engage with one another to collectively reflect on their experience of this series – what did the labs bring up for different people, and what nuances and complexities emerge in the light of various diverse interpretations?

On another level, these sessions also embody a specific conversational framework that participants can draw from in the future. Specifically, through experiencing it themselves during the sessions and also through trialling it with others in ‘assignments’, participants should be comfortable using the framework directly and/or understand how to modify this basic framework to address specific needs.

Open Call Application

– Application Period: 29 May to 8 June 2020 –

No fees are required for registration or participation.


To qualify for this course, you must:

  • Be aged between 18 and 35 years old.
  • Be a Singapore Citizen, Permanent Resident, or Resident in Singapore.
  • Be confident in both written and spoken English.
  • Have a practice in the performing arts, min 1 – 3 years.
  • Commit to the full duration of the programme: Every Wednesday, 3:00pm – 5:00pm (SGT); 17 June 2020 – 12 August 2020


To apply:

  • Download the Application Form and fill it in.
  • E-mail the completed form to, and state “Application for Pandemic Purpose course” in your subject title.
  • Application period will close on Monday, 8 June 2020, 11.59PM (SGT).
  • Results will be announced on 13 June 2020.

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