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In this performance, Jacquelyn Soo, Vincent Chia and Eng Kai Er dance against a backdrop of video projection created by Empyreal (Amanda Tan).
The performance is loosely inspired by the ancient Indian epic poem, the Ramayana, which addresses universal themes of love and harmony, conflict and violence. The Ramayana serves as a source of information from which the performers develop their internal psychological world during performance. The external physical movement is guided by a dance improvisation score which defines the rules for inter-dancer physical proximity, through solo, duet or trio configurations. The exact movements are left open to improvisation. While keeping to the improvisation score, performers interact with each other, their props, and the video projection. Fort Canning Gate and the dancers’ bodies act as irregular surfaces for the video to be projected onto.
Amanda Tan is a visualist, filmmaker, writer and artist based in Singapore. Her films have been screened and nominated for awards at various film festivals, including the Singapore Short Film Festival, Salento International Film Festival in Italy and Singapore Short Film Awards. Amanda is currently the sole director of Empyreal, a local creative company specialising in visuals, film production and content creation. Her art and visuals have been seen at various shows such as; Laneway Festival Singapore, Zoukout Boracay, The Gathering Asia with Belle & Sebastian and Caribou, Moonbeats Asia Warehouse Party with Ryan Hemsworth and Slow Magic and Keong Saik Carnival. She is also a writer and contributor for PSYMBIOSIS.ORG, an online magazine for the post-elegantly wasted and 1/5th of Singaporean collective, ATTAGIRL!
Jacquelyn Soo is a visual artist whose practice in performance art, installation art and community art addresses social interventions with children, youths, adults, elderly and special needs through creative workshops. In the last 10 years, Soo has exhibited in Southeast Asia, America and Europe through exhibitions and artist in residency programmes. Soo represented Singapore for the 1st Jakarta Triennale in November 2013 at Nasional Gallerie, Jakarta.
Eng Kai Er (Kai) is a performance maker interested in dance, theatre and contemporary performance. She enjoys working collaboratively in small groups, and seeks to experience performance-making as a social situation, an inquiry-driven process, and a pursuit of freedom (in the most naive way). When not making performances, Kai can be found enjoying other people’s performances, dancing contact improvisation, or dreaming impossible things about society and the future.
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