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The Seen and Unseen

June 28 - June 29

A visual feast of dance, live music and song with an electronic score … a blend of traditional Balinese dance with a contemporary approach to theatre, with an all-child cast from Komunitas Bumi Bajra.

One day, 10-year-old Tantri realises she does not have much time with her bedridden twin brother Tantra, who is losing his senses one by one. Grappling with this reality, Tantri finds solace in the deepness and the darkness of night. Under a full moon, she dances, finding herself between reality and imagination, loss and hope. Tantri experiences a magical and emotional journey into womanhood that eclipses Tantra’s fading life.

The Seen and Unseen (Sekala Niskala) is a cross-cultural collaboration between artists from Indonesia, Japan and Australia and is inspired by Indonesian filmmaker Kamila Andini’s film The Seen and Unseen, which has been described as “a truly singular film” (Cinema Scope) and “a haunting and hypnotic interpretation … rooted in Balinese arts and culture” (Variety).

Driving this production is the Balinese philosophy of Sekala Niskala (the seen and unseen), a fundamentally dualist spiritual structure that describes what we cannot see as having equal value to what is seen in the world.

For children 6 years, and older.

1 hour with no intermission.

Friday : 8.00 p.m.
Saturday : 3.00 p.m. & 8.00 p.m.


June 28  
to June 29
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Esplanade Theater Studio
1 Esplanade Drive 038981 Singapore + Google Map
+65 6828 8377


Esplanade, Theatres on the Bay
Asia TOPA: Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts