Esplanade Presents

Visual Arts

Sang: A Journey to Return Home

Papermoon Puppet Theatre (Indonesia)

13 Jan – 14 May 2023

All Day

Esplanade Concourse

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Sang: A Journey to Return Home, Papermoon Puppet Theatre, 2022.
Sang: A Journey to Return Home, Papermoon Puppet Theatre, 2022.
Sang: A Journey to Return Home, Papermoon Puppet Theatre, 2022.

Sang: A Journey to Return Home 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 Esplanade Concourse, the installation comprises larger-than-life puppets, stilt houses and miniature puppets created from materials including papier-mache, wood and rattan. The work traces Sang’s encounter with the giant guardian Kali, who takes the form of an enormous puppet. Kali, whose name originates from the word “river” in Javanese, keeps watch over this cluster of homes and its inhabitants. Sang’s journey of discovering who Kali is and remembering what he once was serves as an allegory for the desire to protect and preserve the bonds that truly matter.


This 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 relationships with others and nature. Stream of Memory was commissioned as part of In New Light – A Season of Commissions, in celebration of Esplanade’s 20th anniversary.


Mask-wearing is optional. However, audiences are encouraged to continue to exercise responsibility and caution, such as wearing masks when in crowded places. No tickets will be issued. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Language: English
Things to Note:
Accessibility Advisory: We provide a range of access services and relaxed performances for patrons with access needs. For wheelchair-accessible seats, please call Esplanade Customer Experience at 6828 8377 for assistance. Concessions for Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) and up to one accompanying companion are available. | View our accessibility guide
Artist Information

Papermoon Puppet Theatre

Papermoon Puppet Theatre was founded in April 2006 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia by Co-Artistic Director Maria Tri Sulistyani who developed and expanded the company with Co-Artistic Director Iwan Effendi, a visual artist and Papermoon’s puppet designer. The company works with a collective of puppeteers to bring Papermoon’s distinctive visions and compelling theatrical productions to life. Their work is grounded in the belief that anything can come alive, and every creature and object carries life in it. The company has created more than 30 puppet performances, visual art installations and exhibitions which have been presented in several countries, including Japan, the United States and Australia.

Date & Time

13 Jan – 14 May 2023

Esplanade Concourse

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