A Grand Design, is an audio experience that will reconnect you with nature. This lecture-performance will take you on a remarkable journey with Cheyenne as she recounts her hilarious misadventures in the environmental sector. Stay for the panel discussion after where Cheyenne and Yingxuan will speak about the artistic process of making the work together with environmentalists and activists Kathy Xu and Abhishek Bajaj.
A Grand Design audio experience + Panel Discussion
Online event registration link (register to receive a private link to A Grand Design audio recording):
Facebook live event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2782696665295428/
Listen to the call of the wild in A Grand Design, an audio experience read by environmentalist and educator Cheyenne Alexandria Phillips that will reconnect you with nature and all its living things. Directed and dramaturged by Chen Yingxuan, this lecture-performance will take you on a remarkable journey with Cheyenne as she recounts her hilarious misadventures in the environmental sector — from dangers posed by strawberry red frogs, snakes with hook-like teeth, to Homo Sapiens: the species that really should know better. Witty, charming, and insightful, A Grand Design is a passionate examination of how we love, or fail to love, the natural world around us.
Join us for the panel discussion after where Cheyenne and Yingxuan will speak about the artistic process of making the work, whilst environmentalists and activists Kathy Xu and Abhishek Bajaj discuss pertinent questions raised from it — how can we re-evaluate our relationship with nature, and post-pandemic, how we can rethink the ways in which we inhabit it?
About our panellists and moderator:
Cheyenne Alexandria Phillips
Cheyenne is a writer and performer based in Singapore. Her writing revolves around the environment, culture and identity. On top of her performances and publications, Cheyenne has hosted eco-literary walks around MacRitchie Reservoir as part of Singapore Water Month 2018 in collaboration with Public Utilities Board.
Yingxuan is a theatre director, described as one of the most exciting of her generation (The Business Times, 2016), and a screenwriter whose work has been nominated for Best Script (Short Film Awards, 2015) and selected for international festivals.
Kathy is the founder of ecotourism company for shark conservation, The Dorsal Effect, and part of a ground up team of concerned citizens known as the CRL Response Team, who are against the idea of the direct tunneling under the Central Catchment Nature Reserve for the Cross Island Line. The team is also calling for more transparency and civil engagement in policies regarding nature reserves.
Abhishek is the co-founder of 6th Sense, a volunteer group focussing on self-expression programmes for children and mother’s self-care programme for families living in Public Rental Scheme Housing in Singapore. He is the Founding Member of A Good Space Co-operative where changemakers work on a diverse range of social issues collaborating and co-creating solutions together.
He has studied and designed for social issues around vulnerable populations such as the urban poor and migrant workers in Singapore, malnourished in Nepal, refugees in South Asia.
This event is happening on Thursday, 30 July, 8PM on the Cross Island Line civic response Singapore’s Facebook Page.
🔴 30 Jul, Thurs