Singapore’s most noted theatre director Ong Keng Sen takes two personal accounts of the infamous prisoner-of-war camp at Sandakan in Borneo as the starting point for Sandakan Threnody. Son of a survivor, composer Jonathan Mills, has created a haunting soundscape for a production that is highly emotional and provocative.
Sandakan Threnody combines voice, soundscape, video, dance, documentary and personal narratives to tackle one of the most complex and difficult issues of our time: how to think about war and the crimes committed in its name. This cross-cultural collaboration uncovers the very different but nonetheless shared wartime experiences of Australia, Japan and Singapore.
Presented as part of the Energex Brisbane Festival 2004 and Melbourne International Arts Festival 2004.