Music, Zabbalang

The Silence of a Falling Tree

Organised by: Singapore International Festival of Arts v2.020
Performed by: COMPOUND (Singapore)
  • Date:
    12, 13 Dec 2020
  • Time:
    1:00pm, 2:15pm, 3:30pm & 4:45pm
  • Duration:
  • Venue:
    Victoria Theatre
    Victoria TheatreVictoria Theatre
  • Language:
  • Admission:
    Free with registration.
    Admission is subject to tickets produced at the entrance.
    No admission for infants-in-arms.
    Admission for audience age 11 years and above.


"I am me.
Concerned with imagining the silence of a falling tree.
I am present, but your reality eludes me. I am the weight of waiting. I can suspend my disbelief.
My attention precedes your symphony."

The Silence of a Falling Tree is the story of an empty theatre that was forced to hold silence for an extended period of time. Oh, how it longed for laughter, applause, or even a scratchy throat cough. Three musicians and three actors come together to banish the stillness that reign. They play an epic beyond your wildest imagination; in an attempt to calm the anxieties of the isolated space; in hopes to appease their yearning for an old friend.

The Silence of a Falling Tree is an immersive sonic journey that draws inspiration from the existentialist notion of essentiality. Tracks are arranged like a guided meditation; woven with original compositions, instructions, dialogue, Foley, and field recordings.

Participants are to encounter the work at recommended locations, while observing social distancing measures.

Music by Azrin Abdullah, Cheryl Ong, & Raghavendran Rajasekaran
Guided by Bright Ong, Grace Kalaiselvi, & Umi Kalthum

Publicity image by Moses Tan

The Silence of a Falling Tree