riverbed theatre Upcoming Productions January 2022
The Weight of Things (HD FIlm, 6'45")
Sydney Opera House (Returning: Chapter 2 Online Exhibition)
January 2022

"The Weight of Things" was nominated for "Best Experimental Film" at the 44th Annual Golden Harvest Film Festival.

Japanese sailors have a saying that the distance between heaven and hell is the thickness of the board at the bottom of their boat. And for us? Is heaven on the other side of the ceiling? If we peal back the wood is it there, waiting for us?

The Weight of Things explores this world of layers, these liminal spaces between heaven and hell, life and death, hope and despair. It is a visual testament of these pandemic times, of the invisible weights we bear. These weights of words and actions, unpursued dreams, the loss of loved ones—these burdens that bind us and hold us down, making it all too easy to forget the lightness of possibility. To not only be weighed down but to also become the weight…

The Weight of Things presents the same filmic images with two different musical scores. In this Rashomon-inspired experiment, we are reminded that “the truth” is always clouded by our own perspective, that a twice-told tale will never be the same.

https://stream.sydneyoperahouse.com/returning-chapter-2/videos/riverbed-theatre-company-the-weight-of-things-2021
riverbed theatre Upcoming Productions Spring 2022 Release
all that remains
VR FIlm
Spring 2022 Release

We are comforted by facts, by the familiarity of things we know to be “true.” The sun rises in the east. There are twenty-four hours in a day. I exist. These truisms simplify our lives, enable us to get through the process of living. We are not afraid to leap into the air, because we know we will land on the ground. All That Remains explores the possibilities that exist beyond these everyday patterns, that blur the lines between truth and fiction.

This project is sponsored by a grant from the Taiwan Creative Content Agency.
riverbed theatre Upcoming Productions Winter 2022 Release
Over the Rainbow
VR FIlm
Winter 2022 Release

It is human nature to long for something more or different than what one has. At times, this aspirational dreaming can lead to advancements: someone finds a better career, leaves an abusive relationship, or, as is the case for Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, returns home. But more often than not, this attitude leads to a sense of discontent with one’s own lot, an unquenchable desire for something new. "Over the Rainbow" explores this precarious balance between desire and satisfaction, encouraging an honest reflection on our own personal sense of identity and values. What are we searching for? Where do we call home? Are we happy? This VR experience takes the audience on a surreal journey from a theatre audition to a dark, David Lynch-inspired dreamscape to a Broadway-style musical. But "Over the Rainbow" offers more than a physical voyage; it is a trip within, an entering into of our aspirations, insecurities, and joys.