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Riding On a Cloud


Thu Jun 23 2016, 8:00pm–9:05pm
Fri Jun 24 2016, 8:00pm–9:05pm
Sat Jun 25 2016, 8:00pm–9:05pm

Where: 72-13, 7213 Mohamed Sultan Rd, Clarke Quay, Singapore

Restrictions: All ages

Ticket Information:

  • The O.P.E.N Pass – entitles holders to free access to all The O.P.E.N events: $45.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: dashadang

The brilliant performance auteur Rabih Mroué’s younger brother was shot in Beirut in 1987, as the Lebanese civil war was winding down. Although the 17-year-old Yasser did not die, the sniper’s bullet pierced his skull and caused partial paralysis and aphasia – the loss of the ability to understand and express speech.

It was this seminal moment that gave birth to Riding On A Cloud so many years later. This mixed-media theatre piece blurs the line between fact and fiction, reality and imagination, truth and subjective perspective, especially with Yasser himself at the centre as the sole performer.

Yasser as victim in a political struggle that riveted the world for decades, Yasser as actor in a fictionalised narrative, Yasser as a character invented by Mroué’s imagination, Yasser as victor in his struggle with language and meaning.

Through the flickering images on stage, the video clips and disjointed fragments of music, Mroué plumbs depth and meaning in shifting narratives, explores possibilities for a post-war Lebanon and, more universally, strikes the chords of memory, representation and the elusive search for truth in all of us.

Riding On A Cloud debuted in the Netherlands in 2013 and enjoyed its American premiere at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art in 2015.