T.H.E Dance Company x Nine Years Theatre

“The tremendous world I have inside my head. But how [to] free myself and free it without being torn to pieces. And a thousand times [I'd] rather be torn to pieces than rather it in me or bury it…” - Franz Kafka, Diaries of Franz Kafka

A cross-disciplinary encounter between dance and theatre, inspired by the surreal world of literary icon Franz Kafka.

Singapore's T.H.E Dance Company and Nine Years Theatre come together for the very first time, led by artistic directors Kuik Swee Boon (T.H.E) and Nelson Chia (Nine Years Theatre), in a playful and moving rumination on human nature and its many faces. Join them on a dreamlike journey, as two of Singapore's leading performing arts companies gallantly experience their own metamorphoses.

Regarded as one of the most influential writers of the 20th century, Franz Kafka's works, including The Metamorphosis, The Trial and The Castle, have had such an impact that they have also given rise to the term “Kafkaesque”, in reference to his signature writing style and poignant depictions of human alienation and absurd bureaucracy.

© Nine Years Theatre
Cut Kafka!
Nine Years Theatre/T.H.E Dance Company
Co-Directed by Nelson Chia (Nine Years Theatre) and Kuik Swee Boon (T.H.E Dance Company).

An Esplanade Huayi Festival Commission.
Performed in Mandarin, with English surtitles.

Date and time
1 Mar (Thu) - 4 Mar (Sun) 2018
Thu - Sat: 8pm
Sat & Sun: 3pm

Theatre Studio, Esplanade.

1hr 30 mins, no intermission.
Co-Directors/Set & Costume Conceptualisation:
Nelson Chia & Kuik Swee Boon

Co-Producers: Mia Chee & Jael Chew
Writer-researcher: Neo Hai Bin

Performed by:
Nine Years Theatre: Mia Chee, Hang Qian Chou, Neo Hai Bin, Jean Toh, Timothy Wan.
T.H.E Dance Company: Anthea Seah, Billy Keohavong, Brandon Khoo, Lynette Lim, Ng Zu You.

Lighting Designer: Adrian Tan
Music Composer & Sound Designer: Chong Li-Chuan
Graphic Designer: qu’est-ce que c’est design

Production Manager: Tennie Su
Stage Manager: Shining Goh
Assistant Stage Manager: Gordon Lai
Costume Realisation: Loo An Ni
"Drink and Talk" Sessions

NYT strives to continuously engage our audiences. We believe that audiences should not merely consume art, but also be offered the opportunity to discuss art. As such, Drink and Talk sessions - a casual post-show dialogue over drinks -  are held after every performance of our play.
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