There are 2 performances: on 7 and 8 May, from 7-9.30pm – same concept and structure, completely different piece.
A 2.5-hour performance installation for the Post-Museum studio, stairwells, and terrace, with the smallest studio as the focal point. This long-duration structured improvisation is made specifically for Post-Museum, looking at how the space ‘performs’ itself, and how there are many experiences of time and life in its neighbourhood. This idea is inspired by the history and evolution of nomadic artistic practices, as well as the different dimensions of time described in Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman. This work is performed by three very different dancers and two musicians (one percussionist and one beatboxer).
Entry by donation (Suggested: $15)
Audience are encouraged to come in at any time during the performance, and feel free to enter and exit.
OPEN *studio 2 is part of Post-Museum’s programme held during the period of Singapore Biennale.
BIOS OF CREATOR-PERFORMERS
Bernice Lee holds a B.F.A. (hons) in dance from The Ohio State University. Currently researching movement with friends and teaching improvisation at ECNAD, she was a founding member of the Performance Improvisation Ensemble, creating work for stage, bars, and parks. She has worked with New York BESSIE award-winning Bebe Miller, Meghan Durham-Wall, and Taiwanese artist Gu Ming-shen amongst others. She has performed Trisha Brown’s “Sololos” directed by Abigail Yager, and been part of a research group for William Forsythe and The Ohio State University’s cross-disciplinary research collaboration “Synchronous Objects”. She travelled to Tel Aviv to study Ohad Naharin’s Gaga movement vocabulary in July 2010 and hopes to return for deeper investigation. She believes in the mystery and knowingness of the body, loves playing and performing with people, and follows her curiosity and conviction.
Faye Minli Lim lives in Singapore where she continues her movement practice in improvisation and martial arts, teaches at the Little Arts Academy, and is a full-time community arts administrator and advocate. Based previously in Brooklyn, New York, she has worked and performed with such artists as Benjamin Rasmussen/Ephemerui, the multi-disciplinary Bessie award-winning Dana Salisbury & The No-See-Ums, Tina Croll, Cheng-Chieh Yu, and Patricia Noworol, and presented work at Los Angeles Movement Arts, Solar One Dance Festival, and Movement Research, among others. She holds an M.F.A. in Dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and a B.A. in World Arts & Cultures from UCLA. If probed, she will insist that everybody knows.
Human beatboxing is an urban vocal percussion. It is the ability to make a range of drum, bass and sound effect with the mouth to create music. Apart from just copying from the drum kit, human beatboxers also try to imitate the sound of musical equipments such as DJ deck, Bass Guitar and the trumpet. Bryan has been beatboxing since the age of 16 and has performed in various high profile events like Sentosa Countdown party, Iyaz concert, and Mini Cooper 50th-year anniversary. He has developed a range of vocal capabilities that bring vocal percussion to the next level and continues improving and learning from others. One of his specialities is the saxophone sound which is claimed unique to him and him only. Throughout his career, he believes in educating the next generation to push the limit in the arts.
Nicholas Lin is Singaporean, and has performed extensively with different bands in the Victoria Concert Hall, The American Club, as well as various venues overseas. As an accompanist he has played for the Singapore Ballet Academy (SBA) and is currently an adjunct percussion accompanist working with the School Of The Arts (SOTA); Lasalle College of the Arts; Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), and the Singapore Dance Theatre (SDT). As a percussionist, he has performed in various venues overseas, such as Germany; Vietnam; Indonesia, and Malaysia. More recently, he has been travelling the Asian and European region such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, performing, and was recently part of the “Esprit BIG BANG” drumming team which performed in various countries across the globe. He sees his drums as living individuals, with a voice and a temperament of their own. To him, drums are not mere instruments to be played, but individuals with soul, to be coaxed to sing a song of rhythm and melody.
Sherry Tay obtained a B.F.A in Dance Performance with special distinction from the University of Oklahoma; there she performed in ballets and contemporary works, and has choreographed several pieces for the Young Choreographers’ Showcase. Upon graduation, she was invited to be part of the scholarship program at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. There, she had the opportunity to work with directors Glenn Edgerton, Taryn Kaschock and Terry Marling, as well as resident choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo. Sherry then moved to New York, dancing with Gehring Dance Theater, A.H. Dance Company and Connecticut Ballet. She was also a guest artist for a performance with Mark Lamb Dance. Sherry is currently a freelance dance artist in Singapore. She looks forward to performing here because the stairs, high ceilings and claustrophobic rooms seem to mock her, as if dancing should not take place – but she will not be mocked by the building.