Transfield from Asia “Berak”

What happens when you die? A screening of a whimsical and inventive play that untangles the relationship between a community and suicide and illness

This is an online screening of “Berak” by Teater Ekamatra, a company committed to establishing Malay theatre and confronting the multiethnic reality of Singapore. After the March performances of “Berak” in Singapore were canceled due to the coronavirus, the company filmed the play instead, which is now presented at Festival/Tokyo.

“Berak” is adapted from the play “Poop” by Chong Tze Chien (The Finger Players), which draws on Buddhist ideas in a portrayal of a family that must deal with suicide, illness, and death. In this new version, the family is Muslim.

How will the family handle the illness of the young daughter and the suicide of the man who was their mainstay? Imaginatively mixing fantasy and comedy, the dialogue between the daughter and her father’s spirit as well as the relationship between the wife and mother vividly illuminate the community’s attitudes toward family and life and death.

Featuring shadow puppetry and silent film techniques, and made in the company’s signature “transcreation” approach, which relocates the source material to other sociocultural contexts, the play’s inventive yet profound style embraces diversity, universality, and synthesis.

F/T20 originally planned to present Teater Ekamatra’s “Tiger of Malaya,” but this production is now postponed until next year due the coronavirus.

Transfield from Asia
Exploring the ways in which the power of fiction in the performing arts can affect the city, F/T has since the 2018 edition fully embraced its identity as a theatre and dance festival born from the city through integrating a wide range of programming directly within the neighborhoods and communities of Tokyo. One of these is Transfield from Asia. Started originally at F/T14 as the Asia Series to showcase culture and the performing arts from one country in Asia each time, the project relaunched in 2018 as a “transfield” endeavor emphasizing the interdisciplinary nature of Asia in which borders, national and otherwise, are constantly blurred. The collaborations and encounters presented by the series offer a renewed sense of the lateral possibilities of Asian culture. At Festival/Tokyo 2020, the series aims to deepen that experience further and, together with audiences, form a platform for cultivating future culture in Asia.

Streaming Period
Friday, October 16, 2020, 12:00 pm–Thursday, October 29, 2020, 11:55 pm
Viewers can watch the archived version of the stream as many times as they wish.
Tickets for the archived version of the stream are on sale until 7:00 pm on Thursday, October 29, 2020.

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