Selene faces the loss of her family farm after five generations of tending. Violet’s ancestors were custodians of that land for over 65,000 years before Selene’s ancestors stole it from them. Meanwhile, Tsuet-Cheng is returning from Sydney to Singapore for “Tomb Sweeping Day”, a ritual in which families visit cemeteries to talk with their ancestors. These three women don’t know each other – but they will.
A hauntingly beautiful blend of music, dance, film, design and dialogue, 宿 (stay) is built on the real-life experiences of the artists. It’s an evocative unearthing of the buried traumas and fragile connections that lie at the heart of rural life, one that transports its audience from a densely packed Singapore housing block to the vast Tagalaka country of outback Australia, where the discovery of two skeletons in the dried-up creek bed of a remote Queensland farm causes the fates of these three women to become deeply intertwined.
Part concert, part story, part ceremony, 宿 (stay) is a new work created by Western Sydney company Kurinji, its co-founder/writer S. Shakthidharan (Counting and Cracking, Sydney Festival 2019) and the renowned Singaporean sound ensemble SAtheCollective.
Wed 12 Jan, 7pm
Thu 13 Jan, 8.30pm
Fri 14 Jan, 8.30pm
Sat 15 Jan, 2.30pm
Sat 15 Jan, 8.30pm (Auslan Interpreted)
Sun 16 Jan, 2pm
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Recommended for ages 15+, strong adult themes, including suicide, depression and rape.
Sydney Festival and Oz Asia Festival present in association with Kurinji and SA the Collective
Supported by Australia Council for the Arts; Create NSW; and The Australian Government’s International Cultural Diplomacy Arts Fund (ICDAF) Program; National Arts Council, Singapore
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