Traditionally Speaking

Performed with Chinese Dance Scholar Elizabeth Chan

Centre42 Black Box, Singapore

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Photo credits: Kinetic Expressions Photography 

Intersections is a performance research lecture series aimed at facilitating a collision course between research, process and performance. Encouraging dialogue among the different artistic disciplines, the platform will bring together practitioners and/or researchers to investigate, question, critique and collaborate on performance practices and forms in the context of the contemporary world today. Participants have the flexibility of determining how their critical discourse with collaborators will be presented to a public audience. By opening a window on practice-led research processes to the public, we hope to provoke further dialogue and discussion, beyond the existing concept of performative space.

In this first instalment of the series titled Traditionally Speaking, Joint Artistic Director, Muhammad Noramin Bin Mohamed Farid, and fellow collaborator, Elizabeth Chan, will reflect on the experiences that have shaped their respective journeys as Malay and Chinese dance practitioners in Singapore. With support from their current PhD research on these forms, they will investigate what exactly are Chinese and Malay dance? What is Singaporean Malay and Chinese dance? How do the socio-political and historical trajectories of both forms intersect and interact? Let them be your guide in navigating how history has shaped what these traditional forms mean today...and what they mean tomorrow.

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.

Terkenang (To Reminisce)

Artistic Director & Choreographer
Aliwal Arts Centre, Singapore

Ever touched something and it evokes certain memories?

"Terkenang" draws upon these experiences to remind us of the value of human connection and our engagement with memories.

DIAN Dancers present to you our creative endeavours in the hopes that we may invite all to take the time to reflect on the unique moments that has shaped our lives today.