StoryFest 2021 - ReStory: Celebrating the Feminine in Folklore

ReStory: Celebrating the Feminine in Folklore
The Singapore Showcase (12 stories)
Date: Sunday, 20th June 2021 - Sunday, 11th July 2021
Ticket: SGD $20
Platform: Online

Some Mature Content
Adult participants above 18 years

ReStory: Celebrating the Feminine in Folklore

The Singapore Showcase

In celebration of our fifth anniversary, we honour the extraordinary stories of women. Women who are silenced when they choose to honour their roots. Women who use their wits against those who feel entitled to their beauty. Women who uplift their sisters. Women who give men strength. Women who betray their own. Women who are painted as villains, even as their aggressors leave with sympathy.

While we have come a long way, these narratives remain all too familiar today. Through these stories, revisit female archetypes from mythology who reveled in their own skins and manifested power, even when the odds were stacked against them.

Experience the different forms each story can take with our largest collection of stories from Asia. This special collection features 12 unique stories of betrayal, strength, and more, performed by oral storytellers, spoken word artists, dancers, writers, and poets. Delve into the stories below.

Enjoy the stories from 20 June – 11 July as Videos On Demand.

Vengeance is Mine (Singapore)
Verena Tay

When a village girl announces that she is carrying his child, the young Datuk who had promised her the world abandons her. The girl, who transforms into a Pontianak after dying during childbirth, waits patiently to get even. Adapted from Malay folklore, Verena retells her chilling revenge story ‘Broken’ from Spectre: Stories from Dark to Light.

Includes the Malaysian and Indonesian folk song: ‘Burung Kakak Tua’

Amrita’s Tree (India)
Mindy Neo

Before ‘sustainability’ became a buzzword, Amrita Devi sacrificed her life in 1730 to prevent the destruction of Khejri trees. She believed in the sacred tree and in protecting nature. Her actions sparked a movement that led 363 Bishnoi people to do the same. They are considered to be India’s first environmentalists and their beliefs that continue to inspire the country.

The Golden Lotus (China)
Dawn Lau

All Pan Jinlian ever wanted a better life for herself. Driven solely by this goal, she turns from devoted daughter to adulteress, using the most powerful tool she had – her beauty. Examine the life of one of the most notorious femme fatales in classic Chinese literature in this tale rife with betrayal and seduction.

Savitri: The Woman Who Walked With Death (India)
Akshita Nanda

How far would you go to save the person you love? Princess Savitri marries the dispossessed prince Satyavan despite knowing that he only has a year to live. When Yama, the God of Death, claims her husband, she refuses to accept his fate. Find out how she charms Yama into reviving her fallen husband in a retelling of the legendary couple’s timeless story.

From Dirt to Dust (India)
Soumee De

Get a peek into how the universe emerged from darkness through the eyes of Kali, the goddess from Indian mythology who governs time, death, and change. In this retelling accompanied by live beats from the dhak, the goddess Kali transforms fears and embraces freedom, if only for a moment, before life emerges from the dirt and concludes in the dust.

The Angel’s Dream (Singapore)
Cyril Wong

An angel once had a strange dream. In it she saw a row of oddly dressed people, sitting inside a train. Out the window lay a realm where nobody grew old and everyone would play, make love, then sleep and enter dreams about strange, alternate worlds. Experience this tale from Let Me Tell You Something About That Night as it is told and sung.


Puteri Gunung Ledang (Malay Peninsula)
Annaliza Bakri

There was once a celestial princess (puteri) who lived on Gunung Ledang (Mount Ophir) in Malaya. Having learned of her beauty, the Sultan was determined to marry her. In response, the princess made several demands before she would consent – including a bowl of blood from the Sultan’s son. Will the princess’ requests be enough to keep her suitor at bay?

The Princess and the Fool (Korea)
Nandini Nagpal

Princess Pyeonggang of Goguryeo cried all through her growing years, which infuriated her father, the king. To get her to stop, he did the unthinkable! He threatened to marry her off to Pabo Ondal, the beggar and the fool. Will the strong-willed Princess actually succumb to her father’s threat? Find out what happens next.

The Wife Who Didn’t Eat (Japan)
Aswani Aswath

Female ghosts have a significant place in Japanese folklore, predominantly condemned to an afterlife as villainous ‘yokai’. But what often goes unheard are their tragic origins. In this folktale, an unmarried man’s wish for a spouse who does not eat is granted. Yet, the food supplies in his house start to disappear, leading him to uncover a monstrous secret.

The Dragon Tamer (Japan)
A Yagnya

Facing the small island of Enoshima in Japan sits the Dragon’s Mouth Hill. Legend has it that the hill was once a five-headed dragon called Gyozuru that plagued the villagers by destroying homes and eating their children. Accompanied by the plucked strings of the koto, learn how the goddess Benzaiten, guided the fiery dragon to transform and atone for his sins.

The Toilet Goddess (China)
Stephanie Dogfoot

When women gather in toilets, to cry and befriend each other, they invoke the spirit of Zigu, the toilet goddess who makes them feel safe. But before she found her squad, she haunted unsuspecting toilet visitors out of anger for her unjust death. In this adaptation of the Chinese legend, celebrate sisterhood and empathy through toilet confessions.

Surpanakha and a Mutilation of Our Understanding (India)
Shivram Gopinath

Surpanakha's failed seduction of Rama and Lakshmana resulted in her brother Ravana igniting a war. As characters recount that moment in The Ramayana, explore the ethics of alleged seduction, the gaslighting of Surpanakha and her subsequent mutilation. Bear witness to the dynamics of two men waging war over a "wronged" woman.

  • All patrons are required to purchase a ticket for access to videos on demand (VOD).
  • From 20 June – 11 July, enjoy unlimited access to the high-quality storytelling videos when you log in to your Peatix account.
  • Unauthorised recording of the performances is strictly not permitted.
  • No refunds, no exchange of tickets.
Unauthorized video and audio recordings are not permitted for this event.

Presented by The Storytelling Centre Limited and The Arts House
With the support of the National Arts Council Singapore
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Jun 20 - Jul 11, 2021
[ Sun ] - [ Sun ]
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM SGT
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