Esplanade Presents


Gillman Forest Nature Walk

Robert Zhao Renhui and Yong Ding Li (Singapore)

9 Sep 2023, Sat, 7am

10 Sep 2023, Sun, 7am


(Intermission: None)

Meeting & Return Point: Block 22 Lock Road, Gillman Barracks, Singapore 108939

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Robert Zhao Renhui
Yong Ding Li

Much of the forest around Gillman Barracks did not exist 50 years ago, but nature has rapidly taken over what was once a military camp.  Led by Robert Zhao Renhui and conservationist and ecologist Yong Ding Li, this nature walk through a part of Singapore’s secondary woodland will introduce you to common plants and animal species that reside here.


Over the course of the walk, the guides will explain how tropical succession has allowed biodiversity to regain a foothold when places are left alone. In addition, Yong will share on bird and mammal species sighted in this woodland, including migratory bird species that have been documented in Robert’s production, Albizia. The walk extends the discussion beyond Albizia and draws connections to broader narratives on the resilience of biodiversity.


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.

  • Participants below the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult (aged 18 and above). Each participant will be required to sign an indemnity form. 

  • Please dress comfortably in long sleeves and trousers and wear walking shoes.    

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

  • Conditions may be slippery or muddy during or after rain. You will be required to walk on uneven ground and may encounter some stairs and slopes.   

  • Items we encourage you to bring with you:

    • A raincoat or umbrella in case of rain

    • Insect repellent

    • Drinking water   

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

  • Latecomers will not be allowed to join the tour mid-way. 

  • 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 22 Lock Road, Gillman Barracks, Singapore 108939

10 Sep 2023, Sun


Meeting & Return Point: Block 22 Lock Road, Gillman Barracks, Singapore 108939
Tickets & Prices
Price $25

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