Dance performance - 'There's No Need To Go Outside'
"vibrations of blood pulsing in the city
the information bomb
the stare of lucid strangers was never left unchallenged
until she kisses me.
We play in the ground cinema of an ancient union."
A dance performance exploring the conflict and struggle between individual
consciousness and a mass culture with its finger constantly on the fast
Title: 'There's No Need To Go Outside'
Choreographed by: George Chua, Indera Tasripin
Performed by: George Chua, Indera Tasripin
Zizi Azar, Dennis Cheok
Dates: 9,10,11 March 2001
Location: Plastique Kinetic Worms
199 A/B South Bridge Road
Ticket: $7/-, purchase at the door (max. to 30 audience per night)
For further information, please contact the gallery at 324 3221.
A non-linear dance performance that aims at emphasizing "bodies" in
expression and movement. The philosophy and vision in the dance is very
much attuned to the sensibilities of the Japanese Post-War dance movement
of ankuko butoh. In that, the performance is heavily impressed by butoh's
sense of stretching and pushing the physical limitations of the body.
Hence, the body is subjected to sometimes uncomfortable and unconventional
stances, extreme and dramatic expressions and extreme slowness in speed.
The dance also abides to the overriding significance of vocabularies and
contents in expression versus the opulence of form or technique. In that
sense, the performance wishes to focus on what thought, logic, instinct and
feeling the body can resonate in all it's nakedness and formlessness.
Apart from the butoh sensibilities that comes through the dance, we are
also inspired to bring into the performance other influences that we see as
primary influences in our dance. Hence, we are much more interested in
redefining what dance means for us and interpret from the myriad of
influence what is defining of our identity.
This would mean that the dance will also engage in moments which are(other
than primal) contemporary. We are heavily induced by the spontaneity that
captures such of contemporary dances such as Afro-American Hip Hop (cf.
Bill T. Jones), Lindy Hop and even the fervour of rave and club culture
among young people. We are also interested in transforming quotidian
expression into dance. Hence, gestures and expressions such as walking,
sitting, smiling and frowning become a part of an all-encompassing dance
The performance is an overall search for identity in a postmodern
environment. Combining the primal and the contemporary, the influences of
the east and the west, the vision in this dance is basically the impulse to
search, define and redefine for an identity and form. In the process we
are hoping for an honest reflection of what and who we are in this society
that is already in the thick of globalizing itself.
The performance will be driven by the musical arrangement and composition
of George Chua. George is a maker of electronic music that aims to explore
fragmented music rhythm and odd-time signatures influenced by ideas from
the musique concrete movement (cf. John Cage).
Apart from the digital sounds, George will be incorporating compositions
with the Chinese wind-pipe instrument; the hu lu si.
The performance will also be a visual collaboration with visual artist,
Zainudin Samsuri whose works are focused at bringing out the stark and the
minimal. He will be executing the set design for the performance.