Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and mandatory safe distancing measures, the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) 2020 has been cancelled. Instead, The Year of No Return will be staged in the 2021 edition of the Festival instead. More information about this staging will be posted here soon page soon.
In the meantime, we have created Digital Traces: The Year of No Return, a series of vodcasts and play readings that provide a glimpse into the world of the play. These will be released monthly from 15 August to 15 November 2020 via SIFA's All-Access. Click here to view the vodcasts released so far.
Rising sea levels. Melting polar ice caps. Biodiversity loss. Food shortages resulting in war, strife and refugee crises… Every day, we are inundated with dire consequences of the climate emergency.
In the face of this threat to humanity, what do we do? Recycle? Switch to environmentally-friendly products? Be a vegan? Stop having children? What can we do?
But, despite evidence of our environment changing rapidly, why do we have such different responses to climate change? What makes one a denialist, and another to commit acts of civil disobedience in the name of climate justice?
What are our personal stories and struggles? Can we as individuals, and collectively, affect change? Or will politics and profit dictate the fate of this planet—our only home?
A groundbreaking interdisciplinary collaboration amongst artists from Japan, Malaysia, The Philippines and Singapore, The Year of No Return by The Necessary Stage seeks to unravel the complications and contradictions in humanity’s responses to climate change, to question whether we live in an age of despair—or one of hope in the dark.
Haresh Sharma (Singapore) and Rody Vera (The Philippines)
Alvin Tan (Singapore)
Chihiro Hirai (Japan)
Lian Sutton (UK | Malaysia)
Marco Viaña (The Philippines)
Rody Vera (The Philippines)
Siti Khalijah Zainal (Singapore)
Sukania Venugopal (Malaysia)
Choreographer & Movement Director
Goh Shou Yi (Singapore)
Melissa Lim (Singapore)
Composer & Sound Designer
Ng Jing (Singapore)
Wong Chee Wai (Singapore)
Yo Shao Ann (Singapore)
Jasmine Ng (Singapore)