Esplanade Presents


Stream of Memory

An Esplanade Commission and Production
Papermoon Puppet Theatre (Indonesia)

13 – 18 Dec 2022

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(Intermission: None)

Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade

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Sang and Jun spend carefree days by their playground—the river. One day, an unexpected event takes Sang on a magical encounter with the majestic giant Kali. Meandering across the land, they discover who Kali is, and remember what he once was.


Internationally acclaimed Papermoon Puppet Theatre collaborates with artists and designers from Singapore to perform their biggest production to date—Stream of Memory, an ecological tale of remembrance and reconnection. Created in response to the disappearing rivers consumed by urbanisation and modern life, this lyrical non-verbal production promises to rekindle our memories of nature and deepen our connections with each other.


Audiences can enjoy this enchanting journey through standard theatre seating on chairs or experience a more intimate performance with floor seating.

A programme of In New Light – A Season of Commissions, in celebration of Esplanade’s 20th anniversary.

See Kali up close

Kali – A Stream of Memory Installation comprises a larger-than-life puppet, houses on stilts and miniature puppets created from clay, wood and rattan. The outdoor installation continues telling the tale of remembrance and reconnection central to the production Stream of Memory. The installation will be available from 5–18 Dec 2022.


This performance is non-verbal.


Mask-wearing is optional. However, audiences are encouraged to continue to exercise responsibility and caution, such as wearing masks when in crowded places.

Recommended Age: 6 and above.
Admission Age:
4 and above.
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Artist Information

Papermoon Puppet Theatre

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“Papermoon Puppet Theatre has become a staple of the global arts festival circuit, with enigmatic, modernist puppets that tell stories from myth to the birth of modern Indonesia. … Words are few for these puppets with moon-shaped faces who, like mimes, express everything in evocative, poignant gestures.”– The New York Times, USA, 2016


“The standard of puppetry is extraordinary. The energy and artistic integrity of this company shines through in every scene. This is a magnificent piece of theatre, painting a portrait of the political in the everyday.” – Glam Adelaide, Australia, 2015


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

13 Dec 2022, Tue


Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade

14 Dec 2022, Wed


Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade

15 Dec 2022, Thu


Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade

16 Dec 2022, Fri


Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade

17 Dec 2022, Sat


Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade


Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade

18 Dec 2022, Sun


Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade


Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade
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Students, NSFs, Seniors & PWDs
(Fri – Sun, limited)

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