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    The temporary architecture of Getai performance stages in Singapore
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Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1
13/8/2016
Auction tent for puppet opera
Front elevation

Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3
11/8/2016
Side elevation, dining tent

Bishan Street 22
22/8/16
Getai (vacant)


French Road
10/8/2016.
Rear elevation, auction tent

Sam Leong Road
31/8/16
Geta
i
Toa Payoh Central
17/8/2016
Auction tent

Upper Thomson Road
19/8/16
Getai and dining tent

Arumugam Road
13/8/2016
Getai
Rear elevation

Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1
13/8/2016
Puppet opera stage
Rear elevation

Pipit Road
19/8/16
Getai
Rear elevation

Ongoing series, 2016-

During the 7th lunar month the cityscape of Singapore is lit by the brilliant lights of the getai, and its ancestor the opera stage. Appearing for only a few nights before disappearing, in their short presence they become the centre of attraction, drawing fans and audiences from all over. Any space can be the location of a getai. The structures serve different uses, some are the traditional Chinese opera stages, worship altar tents, auction tents, dining tents and the true getai. Here I document some of them, and their peculiar settings.