2017

Twine: Interweaving Stories of a Community

Artistic Director & Performer

Chong Pang Amphitheatre & Canopy @ J-Link, Singapore

Ever wondered how traditional textiles are made? What are the stories of the people who create this?

 

Twine tells the story of a community involved in the production of textiles through an interactive dance performance. It reflects the communal effort that help to weave and thread the fabric with personal narratives intertwined in the process.

Featuring a Multicultural and Multidisciplinary cast of traditional musicians, Bharatanatyam, Chinese and Malay dancers.

Across Southeast Asia, the sarong is a garment that is often associated with menfolk when it is worn by both men and women alike, albeit in different ways – for leisure, for prayer, to wrap a baby with, to match with a kebaya, to hold a Kris and to cover a dead body.
 

But what does the sarong mean to a boy far away from home? Does it keep him warm like his mother’s embrace? Is he standing stand-by-side with his father in prayer as they used to do? Perhaps it reminds him of why he’s travelled far from home, to be able to be who he believes he

truly is?
 

In this solo piece, multi-disciplinary artist and choreographer, Soultari Amin Farid explores a tale of culture, identity and conformity with a single piece of printed fabric.

Sonder 1

Artistic Director / Co-Choreographer
Collaboration with Diana Takutdinova (Kyrgyzstan) & Abdul Hadi Nahleh (Jordan)
"Bunker Without Borders" Festival @ Bunker Theatre, United Kingdom

sonder (noun)

1. A new word coined by

The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows in 2012 to describe:

"the realisation that each random passer-by is

living a life as vivid and complex as your own”.

In an ever-connected world, we have become disengaged from the people around us. We have grown to become strangers and our thoughts, feelings and emotions grow more disparate.

To be othered now makes us more connected – what could an ensemble of individuals from Singapore, Kyrgyzstan, Jordan and Lithuania ever have in common with each other? It might be kismet, it might be serendipity when a series of circumstances lead to the convergence of these inter-twined souls. A new monolith, a new community, a new home?

(Re)Sarong: Solo

Choreographer & Performer

"Bunker Without Borders" Festival @ Bunker Theatre, United Kingdom

Across Southeast Asia, the sarong is a garment that is often associated with menfolk when it is worn by both men and women alike, albeit in different ways – for leisure, for prayer, to wrap a baby with, to match with a kebaya, to hold a Kris and to cover a dead body.
 

But what does the sarong mean to a boy far away from home? Does it keep him warm like his mother’s embrace? Is he standing stand-by-side with his father in prayer as they used to do? Perhaps it reminds him of why he’s travelled far from home, to be able to be who he believes he

truly is?
 

In this solo piece, multi-disciplinary artist and choreographer, Soultari Amin Farid explores a tale of culture, identity and conformity with a single piece of printed fabric.

Sonder: Reimagined

Artistic Director / Co-Choreographer
Collaboration with Royal College of Music (RCM), UK
Music Director: Algirdas (Lithuania)
Musicians: Jia Ying (Singapore), Johan (Sweden) and Alžbeta (Slovakia)
Dancers: Diana Takutdinova (Kyrgyzstan) & Abdul Hadi Nahleh (Jordan)

sonder (noun)

1. A new word coined by

The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows in 2012 to describe:

"the realisation that each random passer-by is

living a life as vivid and complex as your own”.

In an ever-connected world, we have become disengaged from the people around us. We have grown to become strangers and our thoughts, feelings and emotions grow more disparate.

To be othered now makes us more connected – what could an ensemble of individuals from Singapore, Kyrgyzstan, Jordan and Lithuania ever have in common with each other? It might be kismet, it might be serendipity when a series of circumstances lead to the convergence of these inter-twined souls. A new monolith, a new community, a new home?