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Ayer Hitam: A Black History of Singapore

Sharon FreseIrfan Kasban & Ng Yi-Sheng

Fringe Commission
World Premiere


Rating to be advised

In this lecture performance, actress Sharon Frese explores the history and influence of the African diaspora in Singapore. She shares images and documents relating to slavery, colonialism, jazz and nationalist struggle, reaffirming the value of black culture in our shared heritage.

Both a history lesson and a theatrical ritual, Ayer Hitam commemorates the black men and women—enslaved, indentured and expatriate—who crossed the oceans into unknown territory. They draw strength from these tides, which Indian convicts called the “black water”—in Hindi “kala pani”, or in Malay “ayer hitam”.

Credits: Centre 42

17–19 January 2019, 8pm
19–20 January 2019, 3pm

90 mins with no intermission
Blackbox, Centre 42

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January 19 2019


Date: January 19
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Cost: S$27
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Black Box, Centre 42

42 Waterloo St, Singapore 187951
Singapore, Singapore 187951 Singapore

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Ayer Hitam: A Black History of Singapore

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