A hotel in Singapore is opened at the turn of the century, when the island is still a jewel in the British Empire. Each day, new faces appear and swiftly disappear – guests and staff alike. Every ten years, we check in to meet its residents: Cantonese nannies, Malay film stars, Japanese soldiers, transsexual sex workers, wedding guests, suspected terrorists. They live out the pivotal moments in their personal lives as empires die and new ones are born from their ashes.
Even though the chambermaids clean up after them, readying the room for the next guests, traces of the past persist, and time reveals its cyclical nature. Ghosts communicate with the living, doubles are separated by decades, and a single moment of decision haunts the generations that come after.
Spanning a century, and performed over five hours in nine languages, HOTEL is a multi-generational epic that explores the notions of nationhood, migration and identity against the backdrop of a shrinking world.