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District 18: Activation 5

Updated: Feb 27, 2020

| Documentation by Syarifuddin Sahari |

9 February 2019, 12 pm - 2 pm

On-site at Tampines Round Market and Food Center (TRMFC)

This was the second rehearsal on site held during the day and also the first rehearsal with 2 of the musicians for District 18, Azreen and Rizman. We were all introduced to each other and

It was even more crowded compared to the previous rehearsal, which is interesting to note as this is the timing of the actual performance on 17 March, hence it is a good gauge of the “audience” that would be present.


The curvature of TRMFC is negated in this panorama.


The “lighting” at this time.

As a way for the dancers to get accustomed to the large crowd and mix with the residents, Haizad instructed the dancers to perform imitasi, where they would imitate the residents going about their activities in TRMFC.


The dancers initially blended in with the residents.

As they carried out the imitasi, it felt as if the TRMFC started transforming from a hawker center to a huge performance space with many supporting performers. The dancers’ presence and their actions gradually became apparent to the residents, who started noticing them and started to wonder what was happening, based on their facial expressions.

What was it that made them noticeable? Was it the aura/intention of their movements, was it weird, unnatural, too obvious?