Thinking and Talking about Arts and Culture in Southeast Asia

Podcast 20: “The Roundest Circle”

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Duration: 20 min

Dr Stephanie Burridge chats with Eng Kai Er and Felicia Lim, two of the three performers from The Roundest Circle, taking place at Theatreworks 72-13 on 27 and 28 July 8pm. The performance is the result of a collaborative process along with dancer Faye Lim. Felicia and Kai Er discuss their dynamics, the democracy of collaborative performance-making, and how it can bring out the best in each other’s different personalities.

Eng Kai Er is an Associate Artist at Theatreworks. The presentation of The Roundest Circle is part of TheatreWorks’ long established belief in developing and nurturing Singapore artists. TheatreWorks believes it is crucial to extend support to independent artists and does so through its Associate Artist Programme – a long-term platform to nurture and build the creative capacity of performance makers, enabling artist to create boundary-pushing works. TheatreWorks intends to constantly build on its circle of Associates, and in developing them, to grow and develop the Singapore arts ecosystem.

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Learn more about the performance at The Roundest Circle blog.

Podcast Guest Eng Kai Er (Kai) continues as Associate Artist at TheatreWorks in 2017. As part of her Associate-ship she has previously created Indulgence (2015) with Bernice Lee and Jereh Leung, and She Ain’t Heavy, She’s Reaching Into Space (2016) with Faye Lim. Prior to that, Kai created Fish (2014) as part of The Substation’s Directors’ Lab programme. Her collaboration The Pleasure of Eating Oranges (2013) with Sviatlana Viarbitskaya was created in France at the Performing Arts Forum and toured to various European cities. Prior to that, Kai’s solo work The Prayer (2012) was commissioned by the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2012 and shortlisted for the Outstanding Performance Award at the Prague Fringe Festival 2012. For several years, Kai has been interested in rehearsals as a social situation, and has been teaching herself how to collaborate. Her current work with Felicia Lim and Faye Lim is her third in a series of performance projects where she and her collaborators systematically take turns to lead rehearsals.

Podcast Guest Felicia Lim loves to move. Her curiousity in dance led her to study at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and Purchase College, SUNY where she graduated with a BFA in Dance. She engages in improvisation and somatic practices, and is grateful to have the opportunity to collaborate with Eng Kai Er and Faye Lim for this work.

Faye Lim dances, facilitates, performs, improvises, makes, and mothers. Her body is drawn to cyclical patterns and rhythms, from which her movement and art-making extend. In Singapore, she presents works with the Strangeweather Movement Group, a collective she founded to create and perform dance works at off-stage venues around Singapore, such as at the ArtsScience Museum, Fost Gallery, Ground-Up Initiative, and Japan Creative Center. As part of the Contact Improvisation (CI) community in Singapore, Faye has facilitated jams and workshops in Singapore and KL. She also runs childfriendly jams and facilitates families of different shapes and sizes in contactbased dance and play. This is her 2nd collaboration with Eng Kai Er at Theatreworks and she is grateful for the chance to re-visit and depart from their 2016 work, She Ain’t Heavy, She’s Reaching Into Space.

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