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Award-winning Thai film-maker Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s immersive movie expertise Fever Room opens at Victoria Theatre tomorrow.

He describes the work as “expanded cinema”, by which the viewers will get a distinct perspective of movie than is often achieved from the viewers’ seats.

Fever Room is offered as a part of The Curators Academy, a brand new initiative by native arts group TheatreWorks meant to nurture curators and humanities practitioners via workshops and publicity to genre-bending performances.

Fever Room enhances Apichatpong’s 2015 movie about sleeping troopers, Cemetery Of Splendour, which has by no means been proven in Thailand as a result of its themes of a troubled and repressed nation threat upsetting the ruling army regime. Cemetery Of Splendour has, nonetheless, toured movie festivals and been proven within the United States and Britain.

The Asian Arts Theatre in Gwangju, South Korea, supplied funding for Cemetery Of Splendour provided that the director produce a piece of performing artwork.

This was a problem for Apichatpong, who says: “I’m pretty far from theatre. I don’t get it at all.” While touring the theatre, nonetheless, he had a breakthrough whereas standing on stage and searching on the rows of empty seats earlier than him.

“That was the start, when I wanted the audience to experience what I felt. I asked myself, for this performance, would it be possible for the audience themselves to be part of the dream?”


  • WHERE: Victoria Theatre, 9 Empress Place

    WHEN: Tomorrow , 10pm; Friday, 5, 7.30 and 10pm; Saturday, 2.30, 5, 7.30 and 10pm; Sunday, midday, 2.30 and 5pm

    ADMISSION: $20 from Sistic (name 6348-5555 or go to

    INFO: Thai with English subtitles

In Cemetery Of Splendour, Thai troopers are affected by narcolepsy and a housewife, Jen, navigates the borders between her actuality and their goals.

The director says Fever Room will hopefully make the viewers really feel a part of the movie’s dreamscapes too. “For this show, I experimented with the lighting designer and graphic designer for the feeling of drifting or being on some border. What my work has focused on for a long time is the border between reality and fiction and life and death.”

His movie a few related brush between the true and surreal, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010), gained the Palme d’Or on the Cannes Film Festival.

Apichatpong, who turns 48 in July, was born in Khon Kaen in north-eastern Thailand, the situation of Cemetery Of Splendour. “As a kid in a small town, there was nothing to do. Movies allowed me, when I was young, to see the world,” he says, including with amusing: “When I make movies now, it takes me to different places, like film festivals.”

In 2016, he was certainly one of a number of administrators commissioned by National Gallery Singapore to make a brief movie based mostly on works in its South-east Asian artwork assortment for an anthology proven on the Singapore International Film Festival.

He says visible artwork is “closer” to cinema, however theatre is one thing he’s nonetheless studying about.

What he likes about theatre is its flexibility: “For a feature film, once you finish it, you can’t do anything about it. For Fever Room, I keep changing it”, based mostly on the structure of the efficiency house and viewers suggestions at earlier classes.

He likes to maintain the viewers at the hours of darkness in regards to the nature of the immersive expertise. “I don’t even allow documentation of the show or photos to go out,” he says. “It’s quite sacred, you have to experience it yourself.”

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