14 06 2013

Devised by Elizabeth de Roza and Shelly Quick of Theatre Strays
Participatory Performance and Installation
17 June 2013, Monday, 19:00

Paper Boat in Berlin, June 2013 © Ruthe Zuntz

Paper Boat in Berlin, June 2013 © Ruthe Zuntz

For the closing of the Intimate Moments at the PLATOON KUNSTHALLE, the audiences will have the chance to set sail in a participatory performance and installation, Paper Boat.

Paper Boat is an attempt to create theatre in which true human connection can transpire. It is a journey of collective excavation, an invitation to listen and be listened to. Inspired by the childhood game of making paper boats and floating them down canals and drains, both artist and audience will anonymously make and write “confessions” on paper boats, sharing their hopes, dreams, desires, shames and secrets. Each person’s ‘confession’/’gift’ will transform into a part of the performance and physical space.

Earlier versions of Paper Boat took place in communities within Myanmar, Singapore and Brazil. It demonstrated the transformative power of performance.


Intimate Moments: Flooding in the Time of Drought@AEDES

12 06 2013

A Film by Sherman Ong
Closing Programme of the Asia-Pacific Weeks 2013
In partnership with AEDES East NPO and Asian Hot Shots
14 June 2013, Friday, 18:00-22:30
ANCB The Metropolitan Laboratory, Christinenstr, 18-19 (Pfefferberg) 10119 Berlin

Malaysia, Singapore | 2009 | 184 min | Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Tagalog, Mandarin, German Japanese, Korean, Thai, Malay, Hokkien | English subtitles | HD


What if Singapore’s water supply suddenly runs dry?

This docu-narrative fusion depicts the lives of foreign immigrants as they face an impending water crisis. Amidst this drought, a cast of non-professional actors grapple with their foibles, fantasies, and broken romances. Touching on issues as diverse as ethnic discrimination, ritual beliefs, World War II, and racial tensions in post-’97 riots Indonesia, the film explores how ingrained problems are transported along with migrant communities.

“A full-length feature with many documentary elements follows eight immigrant couples in Singapore who play scenes from their lives, often shot in their small dwellings. These immigrants are the basis of Singapore’s success, but get the hardest knocks when things go wrong. A film with an unusual length and an unusual form. It’s twice as long as a normal feature and made in two parts. It’s not a documentary, but has many elements of one. The film follows eight couples of immigrants in today’s Singapore. In this way, a lot is made clear about the political and social situation of Singapore, of which the flourishing economy is largely dependent on guest workers. Instead of interviewing the immigrants, the film maker has them play scenes from their own lives. A fiction film, but much more realistic than usual. Another fictional element in the film is the introduction of a water crisis in Singapore. It’s the immigrants who have most problems with this. For a large part, the film is set in the small dwellings where the various immigrant couples live. And also in other regards, the film maker works down to the square centimetre.” – Gertjan Zulhoif, Rotterdam