Saksi Bisou

sākśī (Malay, Bahasa, Tagalog): witness / bi.sou (French): kiss
sākśī bi.su (Bahasa): a silent witness

Saksi Bisou is a migrant-led company that tells stories about the corporeal and imagined landscape of exile and migration. Our stories often explore the invisible worlds inside of us: the places we were forced to leave behind—that have been cut, mangled and destroyed until only a sliver is left. Our performances are a refuge for these small broken worlds that escaped in our pockets to take on a new life, and to make our audiences feel seen in the loneliness of their experiences.

Their debut Stampin’ in the Graveyard, was a concept album/digital theatre piece that combined soundscapes and poetry to tell the story of the end of the world—it is now in development as a live piece of theatre titled Promised Land—an immersive theatre and sound experience that was presented in Holy Cross Church in October 2021 as part of the Bloomsbury Festival.

Saksi Bisou has been critically acclaimed internationally and produced by the Electric Dreams Online Festival, Bloomsbury Radio and Knaive Theatre.


“It’s easy to fall into the lull of Gunawan and Parris’s voices… Their sensual, lilting words giving us almost a tangible sensation on our skin with every sentence. … There is a deliberateness to the language that helps construct the world they want to bring us into, and allows our imagination to run wild.”
-BakChorMeeBoy.com


Our Trilogy of Works

PROMISED LAND

Promised Land begins with a barren couple—she is a computer engineer, and he is a musician. Unable to bear a child of flesh and blood, they choose to conceive a piece of artificial intelligence named Rose. At the wake of an apocalypse, when all human life has been destroyed, all that remains is Rose sifting through the memories of her parents and the human life that was. Her lone voice is a requiem to the things we have destroyed as a human race, and a hopeful challenge to everyone about our legacy to those who come after us.

The piece was performed for the first time at Holy Cross Church on Cromer St. as part of Bloomsbury Festival 2021

PROMISED LAND – Creation of the Mandala
Photographs by Bloomsbury Festival/Stuart Keegan
Holy Cross Church on Cromer St., London (2021)

DARLING

In the dark pit of a coal mine, a little boy releases a canary from its cage. Grateful for her freedom, the fate of these two souls become intertwined as they are reincarnated. Darling is a love story told through a series of letters, phone calls and dispatches crossing divergent lives, continents and zeitgeists.

STAMPIN’ IN THE GRAVEYARD

The world has ended, and the only thing left standing is a microphone in the last theatre on earth. The music is a requiem to the things we have destroyed as a human race, and a hopeful challenge to everyone about our legacy to those who come after us.

I’M A WEEK BEHIND THE SUN
Artwork by Alexis Price

What Our Audiences Have Said

“Beautiful work … Expressing that which is so very hard to express: love in this terrible and beautiful time.” 
-David Glass,TMA award-winning theatre director

“Magical, evocative, dripping with end-of-days melancholy … This is an aural feast of poetic magnitude.”
Daniel York Loh, Actor/ Musician/Writer/Activist

Beautiful poetry and soundscapes.”
Paul Arditti, Olivier award-winning sound designer

“It made me think about moving to the U.S., the return visit, the kind of liminal aspect (like I was torn into two different people) that has existed ever since inside of me. Through feeling closer to you, I felt a bit closer to an internalised metacognitive (whatever term you want to use) side of me.
(anonymous, New York)

“There was darkness, but the music brought light and hope. I felt like I was with you, presence and spirit. Unexpected tears rolled down my cheeks – an overwhelming unplanned spark of creative yearning. Thank you.”
(anonymous, Los Angeles)