Date：17 - 20 August 2017
A girl reacquaints with confounding details of her past
in a strange and isolated room /
a girl recollects her fragmented past /
her story / ambiguous / her experience / obscured
the room murmurs / a trauma beyond words
late is the night /
when sleep subsides / when nightmare looms
when truth lies in the furthest light /
Back in Singapore after its successful staging at ACT Shanghai International Theatre Festival 2016 and World Stage Design in Taipei 2017, Blank Run is a viscerally arresting investigation of memory. It is a memory landscape combining video installation, soundscape, physical theatre and multilingual text in its multisensory storytelling. It is a jigsaw puzzle, with each element constructing its own version of “what really happened”.
A recent survey shows that, in Singapore, 1 in 6 youths (aged between 17 - 25) have experienced some form of sexual assault and nearly 9 out of 10 cases are perpetrated by someone the survivor knew. Sexual assault remains one of the most under-reported crimes worldwide, with common feelings of shame, guilt, self-blame and self-doubt preventing survivors from seeking the help they need.
The Theatre Practice is proud to be working with AWARE and their Sexual Assault Care Centre (SACC) for the Singapore premiere of Blank Run. Exploring the impact of psychological trauma on memory in the aftermath of sexual assault, Blank Run tells the story of a girl attempting to recollect fragments of her memories as she struggles to make sense of the ambiguity of her experience. Back in Singapore after its successful staging at ACT Shanghai International Theatre Festival 2016 and a sold-out run at World Stage Design in Taipei 2017, Blank Run is a multidisciplinary theatrical experience that combines film, projection design, soundscape and movement theatre to examine the cognitive and emotional effects of sexual assault.
SACC is the only organisation that provides free, safe and confidential services to support survivors of sexual violence in Singapore. For the Singapore run, TTP will be working with SACC on the following initiatives:
Post Show Dialogue:
The Blank Run team and representatives from SACC will hold a series of post-show discussions where they will discuss the inspiration and devising process behind the piece, the impact of trauma on memory and SACC’s work with sexual assault survivors. The sessions will take place after the following performances:
17th August 2017, 8pm
18th August 2017, 8pm
19th August 2017, 3pm
All proceeds of the opening show (17th August, 8pm) will go to SACC to help continue their work supporting survivors of sexual violence in Singapore.
"an immensely disturbing work brimming with raw emotion that does a fantastic job of portraying the complicated nature of trauma"
"a taut psychological thriller with a sting in tail"
"In its attempt to stage the reconstruction of a complicated traumatic memory, Blank Run《空转》has successfully depicted the contradictions of memory – how it is unreliable, illogical, inconsistent – but above all, raw, haunting and unforgiving."
The most important aspect of an arts education for a child is its integration within culture itself. Culture sets forth the foundation on which a country is built upon: its direction, pathways and values. The education of arts and culture very much emphasizes the development of character.
Goh Lay Kuan | Co-Founder / Artistic Advisor