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Under the Five Trees

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Esplanade Park

18 Jan–30 Apr 2019

Five trees, five songs and five stories, waiting to be discovered in the Esplanade Park. Drawing from the area’s rich history as a place for lovers and loners to hide, Under the Five Trees is a site-specific audio and environmental installation that combines sound, music, poetry, narrative and landscape design.

Bring your headphones and visit the Under the Five Trees sites at the Esplanade Park, scan the QR codes there using the Gallery Explorer App or your QR code scanner.

This installation was created by Kaylene Tan and Ben Slater in collaboration with Boey Kim Cheng, Amanda Lee Koe and Aswani Aswath (text); Evan Tan and Victor Low (sound/music); Ling Hao and Faiz Bin Zohri (design/landscape); Rebecca Lee (production).

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Explore the Esplanade Park located next to Connaught Drive and Esplanade Drive and uncover five audio stories as you immerse yourself in the surrounding greenery and history.

Light to Night: Traces and Echoes - Map of Under the Five Trees


About the creative team

Under the Five Trees Creative Team

From left: Aswani Aswath, Kaylene Tan, Ben Slater, Amanda Lee Koe, Ling Hao, Boey Kim Cheng, Evan Tan & Victor Low. Not pictured: Rebecca Lee and Faiz Bin Zohri.

Ben Slater


Ben co-wrote the audio tours Desire Paths (2003) and Ghostwalking (2010) and is a Script Editor and Script Consultant on several produced feature films, including Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy’s HELEN (2008) and Mister John (2013), and HERE by Ho Tzu Nyen. He wrote the screenplay for the short film The Legend of the Impacts (2012), co-wrote the feature film CAMERA (2014) and co-directed the documentary Tony’s Long March (2015). Ben teaches narrative and screenwriting at Nanyang Technological University.

Kaylene Tan


Kaylene has created performance, audio and site-specific works as a writer, director and performer with spell#7. Her sound works include Desire Paths (2003-2014), Sky Duet (Singapore Biennale, 2008), DreamWork/Dream-Home (Singapore Arts Festival, 2009) and Ghostwalking (2010). Her most recent production was In the Silence of Your Heart (2018), a multi-sensory headphone theatre performance commissioned by The Esplanade Theatres on the Bay. She is based in Melbourne, Australia.

Boey Kim Cheng


Boey Kim Cheng has published five books of poetry, a travel memoir entitled Between Stations and Gull Between Heaven and Earth, a historical novel about the Tang Dynasty Du Fu. He teaches Creative Writing at Nanyang Technological University.

Amanda Lee Koe


Born in Singapore and based in New York, Amanda’s first short story collection, Ministry of Moral Panic, won the Singapore Literature Prize. Her debut novel is forthcoming from Doubleday (US) and Bloomsbury (UK).

Aswani Aswath


Aswani was the Resident Playwright with Buds Theatre Company from 2014-2017. As a bilingual playwright (English and Tamil), Aswani has also worked with Ravindran Drama Group and Interaction Arts and Drama Network amongst others. Her recent work, Absence Makes the Heart… was presented at the Wild Rice’s Singapore Theatre Festival (2018) and at Centre 42’s The Vault (2017). She is currently undergoing a playwriting mentorship programme with TheatreWorks.

Evan Tan

Sound Design

Evan is a sound designer for TV and film and has been involved in the local music scene since 1988 with Opposition Party, The Padres. and The Observatory. He has been active in the experimental music scene since 2002. He has designed various sound walks with spell#7 (Desire Paths, Sky Duet, Ghostwalking, Dream-Work/ Dream-Home). Evan was involved in Invisible Room with The Observatory and Ho Tzu Nyen at Theatre Der Welt 2010 (Germany) and Singapore Arts Festival 2010’s Cargo Kuala Lumpur-Singapore with Rimini Protokoll (Germany).

Victor Low

Sound Design

Victor Low is a music composer, producer and sound designer. A multi-instrumentalist, he is a former member of The Observatory (2003-2012) and Concave Scream (1999-2002) and is currently the bass player/producer with Hanging Up The Moon. Victor has composed and produced music for a range of media including television, radio, websites, corporate videos, art installations and games, he has collaborated with and produced for various talented musical artists such as Anise, Piblokto, SA, Elintseeker, Dharma and Hell Low. In 2015, he released an album, Songs of The Well inspired by classical pieces and stories about childhood.

Ling Hao Design


Ling Hao is an award-winning architect (Singapore President’s Design Award in 2013 and 2014) who runs his own practice, Linghao Architects. He exhibited at TOTO Gallery Ma’s 30th Anniversary Exhibition The Asian Everyday: Possibilities in the Shifting World in Tokyo, 2015. He was the visiting Associate Professor at Singapore University of Technology and Design in 2015 and 2017.

Faiz Bin Zohri


Faiz Bin Zohri is driven by the everyday interactions and adaptations between the natural and man-made. His multi-disciplinary practice spans landscapes, public installations and publications in search of these mutually vibrant everyday interactions.  He is currently landscape architect at Ramboll Studio Dreiseitl, and runs an independent design studio, Stable Unstable.

Rebecca Lee

Production Manager

Rebecca is the Artistic Director of Buds Theatre, Director of Arts Space, The Playtent and Festival Director for the Asian Youth Theatre Festival. Rebecca is a mentor for Buds Youth Theatre and a strong advocate of youth arts education. Rebecca graduated with a BA (Hons)
in Acting from LASALLE College of the Arts in 2008. She is an actress, arts manager and drama educator.


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