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SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF ARTS 2017 My Lai [Asia-Pacific Premiere]
August 31, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
An event every day that begins at 8:00pm, repeating until September 1, 2017
On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the horrific 1968 massacre of more than 500 Vietnamese villagers by American soldiers in My Lai, Vietnam, comes a commemorative music performance. My Lai reminds us all of the horrors of the battlefield and the blight of the Vietnam War on the American soul.
The haunting sounds of traditional Vietnamese percussion instruments blend with the digitally processed whir of helicopter blades and set against video projections and compelling images of poignant simplicity. They are all particularly effective at conjuring up and pulling the audience into the psychological world of the man who tried to prevent the carnage that occurred.
Enchantment is the antidote to cynicism, to forgetting, for we need to stay connected to justice, to still believe, to continually respond as human individuals in a sea of violence, conflict and suppression of information. Told from the perspective of pilot Thompson, who was persecuted for reporting the massacre, My Lai is a reminder of ethical generosity in turbulent times. My Lai opens in Singapore before touring in several US cities in the autumn of 2017 and spring of 2018.