Esplanade Presents | Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts 华艺节 2018

Movement Theatre

Cut Kafka!

T.H.E Dance Company x Nine Years Theatre (Singapore)
An Esplanade Commission
1 – 4 Mar 2018 Thu – Sun
Thu & Fri: 8pm
Sat: 3pm & 8pm
Sun: 3pm
1 – 3 Mar 2018 : 8pm
3 & 4 Mar 2018 : 3pm
Download the programme booklet Cut Kafka! | 6.00 mb
1hr 15mins (no intermission)
Esplanade Theatre Studio
Performed in Mandarin with English surtitles.

There will be a Drink and Talk session after each performance.

Advisory: There will be no latecomer entry.
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Concession for students, NSFs and seniors: $20

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(16 – 30 Nov 2017)
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Tote Board Arts Grant

All Secondary Schools (Upper Sec), Junior Colleges / Centralised Institute & ITEs may use the Tote Board Arts Grant to subsidise up to 50% of the programme cost.

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“The tremendous world I have inside my head. But how [to] free myself and free it without being torn to pieces. And a thousand times [I’d] rather be torn to pieces than rather it in me or bury it…”
Franz Kafka, Diaries of Franz Kafka

A cross-disciplinary encounter between dance and theatre, inspired by the surreal world of literary icon Franz Kafka.

Singapore’s T.H.E Dance Company and Nine Years Theatre come together for the very first time, led by artistic directors Kuik Swee Boon (T.H.E) and Nelson Chia (Nine Years Theatre), in a playful and moving rumination on human nature and its many faces. Join them on a dreamlike journey, as two of Singapore’s leading performing arts companies gallantly experience their own metamorphoses.

Regarded as one of the most influential writers of the 20th century, Franz Kafka’s works, including The Metamorphosis, The Trial and The Castle, have had such an impact that they have also given rise to the term “Kafkaesque”, in reference to his signature writing style and poignant depictions of human alienation and absurd bureaucracy.

Things To Note

Admission for ages 6 and above, unless otherwise stated.

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General Advisory

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