Esplanade Presents


Birdwatching at Choa Chu Kang

Robert Zhao Renhui and Yong Ding Li (Singapore)

9 Sep 2023, Sat, 6.30pm

10 Sep 2023, Sun, 6.30pm


(Intermission: None)

Meeting & Return Point: Block 431 Choa Chu Kang Avenue 4, S680431

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Robert Zhao Renhui
Yong Ding Li

Sundown at Choa Chu Kang in Singapore is marked by a massive flurry of parrots coming to roost. A phenomenon that has been observed by the British since the 1900s, large flocks of long-tailed parakeets have been flocking to Choa Chu Kang for the last decade.  


This tour is an attempt to consider the long-tailed parakeet as one of the most successful species to form a symbiotic relationship with urban Singapore. A section of the tour focuses on the roosting of birds on trees in urban centres, reflecting the themes of co-existence found within the production, Albizia, where such phenomena are represented by videos and a soundscape.   


This is a companion programme to Albizia by Robert Zhao, running from 31 Aug – 3 Sep 2023 at the Esplanade Theatre Studio. The Studios companion programmes are an invitation to deepen engagement with the artistic works and the conversations raised in the season.

  • Please dress comfortably in long sleeves and trousers. 

  • You will be required to walk short distances and may encounter some stairs and slopes. However, the activity mostly involves standing or sitting. 

  • You may wish to bring a raincoat or umbrella in case of rain. image

  • This is a rain or shine programme and will only be cancelled in the event of heavy rain, thunder and lightning.   

  • Please arrive at the meeting point 30 minutes before the scheduled start time to register and fill in pre-event forms. Please visit the restroom before arriving at the designated meeting point. 

  • More details about this programme will be sent to ticket holders on the week of the event.

Admission Age:
13 and above.
Language: English
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Artist Information

Robert Zhao Renhui


Robert Zhao Renhui (b. 1983, Singapore) is a multi-disciplinary artist and the founder of the Institute of Critical Zoologists.  


His artistic practice addresses humanity’s relationship with nature, and is characterised by a longstanding interest in investigating sites defined by the conflation of wilderness and urbanisation. 

Yong Ding Li

Yong Ding Li is a conservation biologist with a particular interest in tropical rainforests and migratory birds. He currently coordinates BirdLife International’s work on the conservation of migratory species in Asia. Ding Li obtained his doctorate from the Australian National University where he studied birds and insect communities in woodland and farming landscapes. Ding Li has written several papers and seven books on the biodiversity of Asia and Australia, including the upcoming Field Guide to the Birds of Singapore. He draws and record natural sounds during his free time. 

Date & Time

9 Sep 2023, Sat


Meeting & Return Point: Block 431 Choa Chu Kang Avenue 4, S680431

10 Sep 2023, Sun


Meeting & Return Point: Block 431 Choa Chu Kang Avenue 4, S680431
Tickets & Prices
Price $18

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