Esplanade Presents

Visual Arts

Kali – A Stream of Memory (Installation)

An Esplanade Commission and Production
Papermoon Puppet Theatre (Indonesia)

5 – 18 Dec 2022

All day

Esplanade Lawn, outside Singtel Waterfront Theatre

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Stream of Memory manifests Papermoon Puppet Theatre’s abiding interests in the bonds humans have with each other and nature. Inspired by communities that make the river their homes, the work celebrates the life-giving energy of human relationships and nature.


Inhabiting the site of the Esplanade Lawn outside Singtel Waterfront Theatre, this installation of Kali – A Stream of Memory comprises a larger-than-life puppet, houses on stilts and miniature puppets created from clay, wood and rattan. Keeping watch over this cluster of homes and its inhabitants is the giant guardian Kali, who takes the form of an enormous puppet. Kali embodies the desire to protect and preserve the bonds that truly matter.


The outdoor installation continues telling the tale of remembrance and reconnection central to the production Stream of Memory by Papermoon Puppet Theatre. It reflects on the impact of urbanisation and modern life on natural environments while urging for the rekindling of bonds with others and nature. Stream of Memory is an Esplanade Commission and Production, running at Singtel Waterfront Theatre from 13 to 18 December 2022 as part of In New Light – A Season of Commissions, in celebration of Esplanade’s 20th anniversary.

Things to Note:
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Artist Information

Papermoon Puppet Theatre

Papermoon Puppet Theatre was founded in April 2006 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia by Co-Artistic Director Maria Tri Sulistyani (Ria). She has since nurtured, developed, and expanded the company together with Co-Artistic Director Iwan Effendi, a visual artist and Papermoon’s puppet designer. Among other close collaborators, Papermoon works with a collective of puppeteers, which includes Anton Fajri, Pambo Priyojati, Beni Sanjaya, Muhammad Alhaq and Hardiansyah Yoga.


To date, Papermoon has created more than 30 puppet performances and visual art installations and exhibitions, and have toured to more than 10 countries. In 2008, Papermoon launched Pesta Boneka, an international puppet biennale that welcomes puppeteers from around the world to their home city, where they can share their work in a community setting.

Date & Time

5 – 18 Dec 2022

Esplanade Lawn, outside Singtel Waterfront Theatre

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