THE INCREDIBLE ADVENTURE OF
Singapore International Festival of Arts 2015
Palais de Tokyo / Tanjong Pagar Railway Station
Commissioned for the opening of Singapour en France - le festival at Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Ong Keng Sen creates The Incredible Adventures of Border Crossers, a performance forged in collaboration with creative talents specializing in design, photography, video, and sound (Chris Lee of Asylum, Reckless Ericka, Francis Ng, Brian Gothong Tan, Kaffe Matthews). It tells a story of past-present-future through the voices of border crossers.
Real-life border crossers who have never acted before (from Europe, the Americas, and the Asia-Pacific) are invited to be performers for this piece. Sharing their everyday stories as incredible adventures, the inhabit the installation - singing, dancing, and invoking pioneer travellers who were captured by the Lee Brothers Studio in Singapore, a unique photo salon, in 1910. The Incredible Adventures of Border Crossers is a stunning combination of music, visual culture, live video, fashion, documentary, and performance that envisions communications in a not-so-distant future megapolis, a heterotopia of individuals.
The Incredible Adventures of Border Crossers is co-commissioned by Singapour en France - le festival and Singapore International Festival of Arts.
Singapour en France - le festival is presented by Institut français, the National Heritage Board (Singapore) and the National Arts Council (Singapore), and supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development (France), Ministry of Culture and Communication (France), the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (Singapore) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Singapore).
With Support from the National Archives of Singapore.
Concept Design / Design & Build
"One can expect the unexpected, as this will be no ordinary film. Francis is known as an artist who strives continuously stretch the potential in his art, and eager to engage his audience in a dialogue through works that are installation and time-based with photography as well as video. Francis has seized on the richness of this material to stimulate and enable audiences to be drawn into a richness of this material to stimulate and enable audiences to be drawn into a different dimension of The Incredible Adventures of Border Crossers crossing borders of time and continents"
Ong Keng Seng, Festival Director
Singapore International Festival of Arts