Joget Malam: A Night of Dance and Spoken Word


Joget Malam: A Night of Dance and Spoken Word
Fri 7 Feb, 7.30pm to 9.30pm

Featuring Zai Tang’s music playlist mixed by Mr. Has (Telok Ayer Arts Club) and performances by Sharda Harrison and Sabrina Sng. These performances are in response to the exhibition, Dancing Alone (Don't Leave Me) by Susie Wong.

Surrender by Sharda Harrison
The body is a pathway to God. Our bodies have a delightful ability to communicate, to commune, to illustrate, to surrender, to liberate, to dance. Our bodies are ancient portals that connect us to the spirit world. A Chukchee proverb declares, “Woman is by nature a shaman.” Yet, we now live in a world where the female goddess whom resides in each of us, has been slighted, over-looked and even objectified. This short piece invokes the ultimate goddess in every woman and man, through text, ritual and movement.

the butterfly effect by Sabrina Sng
the butterfly effect invites the watcher to the inner world of a Singaporean woman where she reveals her transformative process in search of herself.

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Header image from Dancing Alone (Don't Leave Me) by Susie Wong

About the artist, curator and collaborators

Susie Wong began her arts practice in the late 1980s, in painting and art writing, complementing these with art education, teaching, and curatorial projects. She has exhibited works in figurative paintings, portraits, landscapes, drawings and installations. Central to her works then was the inquiry of the image/light as a medium that mediates between memory and loss, between documentation and nostalgia. Her installation work Trace, was exhibited at The Substation in 2008, which then travelled to Valentine Willie FA Gallery, KL; My Beautiful Indies, and After Image, was shown respectively at The Esplanade at the end of 2013, and at Space Cottonseed, Gillman Barracks, 2014.

Her work contemplates mass media and the circulation of images and its voracious consumption, appropriating images or visual references for much of her work. In 2018, a video/projection installation Take Care of Me was part of the curated series Opening Day at Upper Serangoon Shopping Centre. As part of a collaborative-curated project Browsing Copy in 2019, she produced a work titled The Idea of the Coconut, that encapsulates her research on romantic tropes in media.

She was artist-in-residence at the NTU-CCA (Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore) from June to November 2018. Wong has also written for numerous publications on art since the late 1980s and is a member of AICA (International Association of Art Critics- Singapore Chapter).

Kimberly Shen is a curator and educator based in Singapore. Her practice lies in the intersection between text and image, drawn from the plurality and transdisciplinary nature of contemporary art which traverses mediums and disciplines. She has presented her curatorial projects at the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, Objectifs - Centre for Photography and Film, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, and the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA). She co-founded and is editor of ellipsis journal, a London/Singapore print publication which has been distributed at art book fairs in Singapore, Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States. She was winner of the IMPART Awards (Curator Category) in 2019 and Curator-in-Residence for The Art Incubator in 2015. A recipient of the National Arts Council Arts Scholarship (Postgraduate), she graduated with a Master of Research in Art: Theory and Philosophy from Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, United Kingdom. She is currently Programme Leader (Fine Art) at NAFA.

Sharda Harrison is a performer, theatremaker and theatre educator. She has acted in local and international theatre collaborations and is founder of Pink Gajah Theatre, which performs mainly fringe works and serves as a platform for artists to create and showcase their own works.

Sabrina Sng
is a theatre artist from Singapore. Her research revolves around the intricacies of cultural identity, and what it means to be a woman in performance and performance making.

Zai Tang
is artist, composer and DJ based in Singapore. His new work Escape Velocity III & IV are currently showing at the Singapore Biennale.

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Fri Feb 7, 2020
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