Breaking the Silence: A Review by the Flying Inkpot

‎”As a theatre-goer, I appreciated the interplay of performance vocabularies: storytelling, physical theatre, folk dance, traditional Cambodian music… This [Breaking the Silence] is a bold, difficult work that needs to be seen by as many people as possible.” — The Flying Inkpot, Singapore Theatre and Dance Reviews

Photographer: Richt Martens

Is reconciliation with a horrific past an act of forgiveness, forgetting or acceptance?

Dutch theatre director Annemarie Prins was first invited to Cambodia through Amrita Performing Arts four years ago as a trainer for local theatre actors and teachers at the Royal University of Fine Arts. Stories told to her by the participants in her course about their lives under the Khmer Rouge led to 3 Years, 8 Months, 20 Days which was subsequently presented in Phnom Penh and Singapore. As she continued her research into the genocide under Pol Pot’s reign, however, Prins felt that a second play was needed, one that would tour villages in Cambodia to re-open dialogues within the country itself about the devastation that Cambodians had had to endure between 1975 and 1979. Read more…

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