7 - 9 Aug 2008
Drama Centre Black Box, Singapore
Where do your memories live?
Tree/House is a two-part performance about how we remember in a city of forgetting. First a tree, then a house, provide the starting points for an exercise in modern storytelling, which weaves objects, images and anecdotes together into a provocative and poignant remembrance of things present.
Tree Duet explores our continuing entanglement with trees by presenting a theatrical meditation on the things they make us think and do. An eco-performance minus the moralizing, spell #7’s Paul Rae and Kaylene Tan, reinvent tree-lore for the 21st century.
House of Memory is a quirky performance lecture by visual artist and film-maker Ho Tzu Nyen. Beginning with the destruction of his childhood home, Tzu Nyen plunders the history of twentieth century cinema, from the arthouse to the action-packed, in search of his memories – with increasingly explosive results.
Tree Duet (Campbell version) was presented at Live Arts Bangkok in August 2007. Tree Duet (Ridley version) and House of Memory were first presented as works in progress by The Substation during SeptFest 2007. Tree Duet was nominated for the Life! Best Original Script Award in 2008.
Tree Duet includes extracts from The Silly Little Girl and the Funny Old Tree by Kuo Pao Kun, and Eclairs sur l’au-dela by Olivier Messiaen. It closes with Rain Tree Sketch II: In Memoriam Olivier Messiaen by Toru Takemitsu.
Presented by spell#7 & Ho Tzu Nyen in association with W!LD RICE
Playwrights / Directors
Ho Tzu Nyen (HOUSE OF MEMORY), Paul Rae (TREE DUET)
Lighting Designer Kala Raman
Production Manager Purpink Chung
Stage Manager Alvin Lim
Producer Tony Trickett
Ho Tzu Nyen
"This is a show that eludes you, that charms you but does not seduce you, that stirs you and awakens you to a new level of consicousness while never quite binding you in the same spell, that speaks softly and is radical without being radical at all."Flying Inkpot, on Tree Duet
"An honest performance, a realization of the dangers posed by our passivity to the decay around us, and a serenade to life itself."Art Jam, on Tree Duet