Lost Cinema 20/20

Organised by: An Esplanade Commission
Performed by: Brian Gothong Tan
  • Date:
    14, 15, 16, 17, 18 Apr 2021
  • Time:
    Wed - Fri: 8:00pm
    Sat & Sun: 3:00pm & 8:00pm
  • Duration:
    1h 30min (no intermission)
  • Venue:
    Esplanade Theatre Studio
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  • Language:
    Performed in English, with some Malay dialogue
  • Admission:
    * Limited concessions for NSFs and seniors: $25
    * Limited concessions for students: $20
  • Advisory:
    Some mature content - sexual references and coarse language. There will also be strobe effects used in this performance.


Dreams are the cinema of our subconscious—we are all inherently filmmakers who create films through the act of dreaming. These films often become lost upon waking.

Drawing links and juxtapositions between filmmaking and the nature of dreams, Lost Cinema 20/20 highlights the curious state of awareness when we dream, while exploring how our subconscious creates cinematic narratives that blur the lines between imagination and reality.

Through a conversation with the rich visual culture of films—including those from the golden age of Singapore cinema—the work deconstructs tropes in filmography and looks at what shapes and defines our shared subconscious.

Created and directed by multimedia artist Brian Gothong Tan, the work was first developed as a six-channel video installation titled Lost Cinema at the Institute of Contemporary Arts. The Studios' commission of Lost Cinema 20/20 expands this into a multi-disciplinary performance with text and combines film, theatre and video art to create an immersive theatre experience.

Creative Team
Creator & Director: Brian Gothong Tan
Producer: James Jordan Tay
Writer: Kaylene Tan
Lighting Designer: Lim Woan Wen
Sound Designer: Teo Wee Boon
Set Designer: Allister Towndrow
Costume Designer: Moe Kasim

Karen Tan, Lim Yu-Beng, Ma Yanling, Irfan Kasban, Munah Bagharib, Sun Phittaya Phaefuang

Lost Cinema 20/20