Listen for the traces of voices, stories, dreams of those who came before.
Harking back to a time when traditional storytellers and musicians travelled from place to place, connecting their listeners to their locales through stories and song, audiences will roam the Armenian Churchs grounds with Kamini Ramachandran, a pioneer Asian storyteller.
Centred in three locations within Singapores oldest Christian church, The Hidden is an intimate site-specific storytelling performance that takes place in this 183-year-old setting. Guided by a voice and live music, step into the chapel, then through the restored parsonage and into the memorial garden as tales unfold. Who was here before? Why were they here, what were they seeking? Travellers, lovers, heroes from realms real and unreal. What of their lives? Invisible threads will connect you, as, among the silent tombstones, you too are wrapped in time and space.
For close to two centuries, the Armenian Church sat quietly in its secret garden in the heart of the city, a sanctuary for the soul and a place for remembrance. The Hidden invites audiences to step into this refuge, to contemplate our relationship with these stories and the monument.
Commissioned by Singapore International Festival of Arts.
(Photos by Karnan Balakrishnan)