1997 - 9 Lives
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A Necessary Practice
Alvin Tan

For TNS, collaboration is a methodology of resistance; resisting the rationalised mindsets ingrained in cultures of both contemporary urban lifestyles and the production structure of the traditional Western model theatre. Intense competition had created an environment that jeopardised social cohesion. Individualism was rife, and when combined with pragmatism, could result in the focus on self-interest. Oppressive power structures that imposed limits and constraints have inspired the cliched image of rebellious artists who pursued freedom of expression either by outright confrontation (agit-prop) or intense retreatism and introspection (autonomous and ahistorical postmodern works). Collaboration, however, is about constant negotiation, dialogue and interaction between artists and audience. Many things can still happen in the 'play' of things.