The Reunification Of The Two Koreas
1 Nov 2018 to 11 Nov 2018
The Reunification Of The Two Koreas is a patchwork of multiple short scenes revolving around an unuttered question: what are human relationships made of?
A woman wants a divorce because there was never any love between her and her husband, on her wedding day a bride discovers her fiancé had an affair with each of her four sisters, a mother is stunned when she learns her husband is happy with their son joining the army and risking his life at war, two best friends get into a savage fight because one of them recalls their first encounter, a prostitute bargains down her services to hook a client: what are those bonds that lead us to love, hate, help, betray, care, flee, fight, abuse or lie?
Each scene explores situations where a relationship is challenged, drawing us into a maze where appeased relations between humans seem as primal, desirable and quixotic as the reunification of the two Koreas.
72-13 Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore 239007
8pm Wed - Sat,
3pm Sat & Sun
Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes
Advisory 16 (Mature Content and Some Coarse Language)
$38 Standard (till 26 Aug 2018),
$48 Standard (from 27 Aug 2018),
(excluding SISTIC Booking Fee)
*For students, NSF, seniors above 62 years old and persons with disabilities
Tickets available at all SISTIC channels
Joël Pommerat is an author-director. He founded the Compagnie Louis Brouillard in 1990. He has the particularity of staging only his own texts. According to him, there is no hierarchy: the staging and the script are elaborated at the same time during rehearsals. This is why he calls himself a "show writer”. Joël Pommerat has received numerous awards for his work. From the beginning, he has been supported by long partnerships with Théâtre de Brétigny-sur-Orge and Théâtre Paris-Villette. At the invitation of Peter Brook, he was also artist-in-residence at Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord between 2007 and 2010. He was then associate-artist at Théâtre national de Bruxelles and Odeon Theater of Europe. Since 2014, he is part of the Nanterre-Amandiers artists' association. Joël Pommerat seeks to create a visual theatre, both intimate and spectacular. He focuses on an intense presence of the actors and on unsettling the audience.
Jacques Vincey is a stage director and actor. Since January 2014, he is director of Théâtre Olympia – National Drama Center of Tours, where he has created Yvette Princess of Burgundy by Gombrowicz, Und de Barker with Nathalie Dessay, A Matter of Dispute by Marivaux and The Merchant of Venice (Business in Venice) adapted from Shakespeare in which he plays Shylock. He staged Midsummer Night's Dream by Benjamin Britten at the Tours Opera in April 2018.
He has also staged an adaptation of The Banquet by Plato and Amphitryon by Molière at Comédie-Française. Amongst the shows he created in France and abroad (Brasil, Russia), two were awarded a Molière.
Marc Goldberg has been involved in French theatre for over twenty years before moving to Singapore in 2013.
He has staged about 30 shows with a penchant for medieval and contemporary drama, including A Woman of Mystery by John Cassavetes with Molières award wining actress Myriam Boyer, The Baby by Marie Darrieussecq with pop singer Lio, and Two Singapore Monodramas performed in France and Singapore during the Singapore Festival in France.
He is also a produced and published playwright (for instance La Colonne de Frickstein was published by Editions Les Cynges, Les Rendez-Vous was performed over 100 times, Scents of Josephine was staged in Singapore at the Drama Centre by Samzy Jo); and translator (his translation of Women of Troy by Ravenhill was published by Les Solitaires Intempestifs and staged by Jean-Pierre Vincent, his translation of Le Clown du Rocher by Catherine Lefeuvre was performed at Gardens by the Bay).
Translator & Dramaturg
Bani Haykal experiments with text + music.
As an artist, composer and musician, bani considers music as a metaphor for cybernetics and his projects revolve around modes of interfacing and interaction in feedback/ feedforward mechanisms. He is a member of b-quartet and Soundpainting ensemble Erik Satay & The Kampong Arkestra. Manifestations of his research culminate into works of various forms encompassing installation, poetry and performance. In his capacity as a collaborator and a soloist, Bani has participated in festivals including Media/Art Kitchen (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Japan), Liquid Architecture and Singapore International Festival of Arts (Singapore) among others.
Brian Gothong Tan
Brian Gothong Tan is best known for his cutting-edge and highly engaging works in theatre, film and installation art.
He graduated from California Institute of the Arts in 2005 under the Shell-NAC Scholarship. He was conferred the Young Artist Award in 2012 and Singapore Youth Award in 2015, and has won 4 Life! Theatre Awards for Best Multimedia in 2005, 2008, 2012 and 2016.
He was the Director of Film and Visual Effects for Singapore’s National Day Parade 2009, 2011 and 2016. His recent works include Tropical Traumas (SIFA 2016), Into The Wild (Art Science Museum, 2017), and Lost Cinema (2018) under NAC’s Creation Grant.
Dennis Cheok is the founder of UPSTAIRS_, a collaborative spatial design practice which focuses on conceptual ideation, collaborative processes and hands-on material exploration.
The studio’s output often shifts and diversifies between the interstices of space, objects, brand and print, and has garnered regional and international attention for its bespoke approach. UPSTAIRS_ was nominated amongst international entries as a shortlist winner for Building Of The Year at the 2017 INDE. Awards held in Sydney, Australia; and won 5 awards at the Lookbox Design Awards 2017; including the highest accolade at the awards – Design Firm of the Year.
Most recently, UPSTAIRS_ is the recipient of 2 Luminary Awards at the Singapore Interior Design Awards 2018 (SIDA), organized by the Society of Interior Designers (Singapore) and Design Singapore.
Reckless Ericka is a Singapore fashion label founded in 2009 and headed by Afton Chen.
Representing Singapore in overseas fashion shows and featured in numerous media outlets, Reckless Ericka has been steadily contributing to Singapore’s fashion scene.
Besides having ready-to-wear lines made for someone who is strong in character and someone who embraces the now, Reckless Ericka has cross disciplinary projects that include packaging, branding, uniforms and costume design – awarded Best Costume at Straits Times LIFE! Theatre Awards 2017.
Cynthia Lee Macquarrie
Cynthia is a multi-faceted actress, voice over artist, puppeteer and medical clown.
From plays and musicals, to film and television, this showgirl has done everything from playing a baby to a porn star. Her powerful performances in The Vagina Monologues and 251 won her nominations for Best Actress at the Life! Theatre Awards.
Cynthia’s famed performance as the title role in TV sitcom Ah Girl also won her a nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy at the Asian Television Awards. In addition, she was awarded the Audience Choice Awards for Favourite Performer at Theatre Idols.
Cynthia’s other passions include volunteering with animal shelters, refugees groups and various charities.
Ebi Shankara graduated from the Nanyang Academy Of Fine Arts in 2008 with a Diploma and a First Class Honors Degree in Acting in 2012. He began his involvement in theatre with Wild Rice in Cinderellah!, and achieved commercial fame in 2007 when he won the Vasantham Star award.
His theatre credits includes Pangdemonium’s production of The Full Monty as Horse, Alia Bano’s Shades as Reza, Shakespeare’s Othello as Othello, Michael Chiang’s Army Daze The Musical 1&2 as Krishna.
Ebi is best remembered for playing Vinod in The Finger Players' restaging of Haresh Sharma's Off Centre.
Ebi is represented by FLY Entertainment.
A respected stage and screen actor, Janice won the Life! Theatre Award for Best Actress for Proof and received nominations for Loo Zihan’s With/Out, Wild Rice’s Optic Trilogy, Pangdemonium’s Rabbit Hole, and Ovidia Yu’s Hitting (On) Women. She was nominated Best Actress at the Asian Television Awards for The Pupil.
Recent theatre credits include Pangdemonium’s The Father, SRT’s Hand to God, Ong Keng Sen’s Sandaime Richard, Wild Rice’s Supervision, and The Finger Player’s Poop!.
Janice has toured widely to festivals including the Edinburgh International Festival, Kunsten Festival des Art, and Shizuoka Performing Arts Festival. Film credits include Crazy Rich Asians, Unlucky Plaza, The Faith of Anna Waters and Agent 47.
Karen has lived and performed in the UK, Vienna, Kuala Lumpur, New Zealand, and Cairo. However, she is happiest in Singapore, where she is a working mum with possibly the best job in the world.
Pavan J Singh
Pavan J Singh is an actor and theatre artist based in Singapore.
Theatre credits include Haresh Sharma’s This Chord and Others (Esplanade Studios 2017), Shakespeare’s Hamlet (Theatre of Others 2017), his original work Refuge (Skinned Knee Productions 2016), Peter Brook’s and Marie Helene Estienne’s The Man Who (Hot Chocolate Theatre 2016), Edith Podesta’s Dark Room (Esplanade Studios 2016), Shiv Tandan’s The Good, The Bad and The Sholay (Checkpoint Theatre 2015), Lim Yu-Beng's 2 Houses (Sin-Pen Colony 2014), Tan Tarn How’s Fear of Writing (TheatreWorks 2011), Edward Albee’s The Zoo Story (Skinned Knee Productions 2011) and Shakespeare’s Othello (Masakini Theatre 2011).
Tan Shou Chen
Tan Shou Chen is a recognized theatre-maker from Singapore.
Selected acting credits: Framed by Hitler (The Finger Players); Grandmother’s Tongue (W!LD Rice, 2016, 2017); Forbidden City (Singapore Repertory Theatre, 2017); The Last Bull (Checkpoint Theatre); LKY The Musical (Metropolitan Productions); Rising Son by Dick Lee; Alfian Sa’at’s Asian Boys Vol. 1 and 2 (W!LD Rice); Glass Anatomy搭错车 (Toy Factory); Afar远角 (Drama Box); Twelfth Night (Singapore Repertory Theatre); Charged (Teater Ekamatra); The Hypochondriac (young & W!LD by W!LD Rice).
On TV, he played Terence on Ch 5’s Faculty, starred in the sit-com Rules of Tham, and more. Shou Chen is also a director and a voice-over artist.
Timothy is a Singapore based actor/director.
Performing credits include: GALA by Jerome Bel (produced by TheatreWorks Singapore); It Won’t Be Too Long: The Cemetery by Dramabox (Singapore International Festival of the Arts 2015); Inhabitants Singapore by Teatro de los Sentidos (Singapore Arts Festival 2011); Dark Room x 8 by Edith Podesta as No. 4 (Best Ensemble, Life Theatre Awards 2015); A Cage Goes in Search of a Bird by A GROUP OF PEOPLE as February (Production of the Year, Life Theatre Awards 2011).
Directing credits include: This Chord and Others written by Haresh Sharma (Esplanade Studios 2017); Between You and Me conceived with Bani Haykal (Night Festival at Armenian Street 2015).
Umi Kalthum Ismail
Since attaining her Diploma in Theatre Arts from LASALLE College of the Arts in 2006, Umi has acted for theatre, television and film, such as the long-running Kampong Gelam Tales and 5IVE with Teater Ekamatra. More recently, she garnered critical acclaim for her role as Yanti in Supervision, as part of the Singapore Theatre Festival 2018.
Teaching has always been her first love. Umi recognises the transformational force of theatre and thus, for the last decade, she has concentrated heavily on educating young theatre-makers in writing, directing and acting.
Zelda Tatiana Ng
A graduate in the pioneer cohort of Theatre Training & Research Programme (currently known as ITI), Zelda Tatiana is the Founder & Creative Director of GroundZ-0《原。空間. As a theatre practitioner, she has worked for over 20 years in various aspects of theatre and with almost all major theatre companies in Singapore.
Recent involvement includes: Sometime Moon (Toy Factory, Actor), Mama White Snake (W!ld Rice, Actor), Inheritance (The Finger Players – Directors’ Series, Director), Three Children & Titoudao (Esplanade The Studios – fifty, Director), and 100 Years of Solitude – Cultural Revolution (Zuni Icosahedron (Hong Kong) & Drama Box, Actor).