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M1 Fringe Festival - A Note Of Yasnaya Polyana


Wed Jan 23 2013, 10:00am–5:00pm
Thu Jan 24 2013, 10:00am–5:00pm
Fri Jan 25 2013, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sat Jan 26 2013, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sun Jan 27 2013, 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: National Museum Of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road , Museum, Singapore

Restrictions: All ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

In March 2011, a massive earthquake hit Japan, and recovery is still in progress to fight through the immense devastation caused by the disaster.

A Note of Yasnaya Polyana is Japanese artist Kanako Sasaki's response to the tragedy, her artistic contribution to the relief effort. This video work depicts a historical meeting between Japanese writer Roka Tokutomi and Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy during Meiji-era Japan's infatuation with Western literature and culture.

Staged as a traditional theatre play in Kabuki style, its dreamlike, multi-layered narrative revolves around a small teahouse that serves as a microcosm holding all there is together – disaster and time. Through the morphing of history and time, remembering and dis-remembering, between wakefulness and slumber, A Note of Yasnaya Polyana evokes hope and optimism in its viewers, despite the dire reality before them.

Gallery Theatre Corridor, Basement, National Museum of Singapore.