I left Singapore with the most beautiful rush. The City Limits performance, a culmination of six months of collaboration with fourteen incredible Singaporean artists, was a highlight, not just of my year but of my life. One of those times when I know exactly why I write, perform and work with other artists. Here are a few moments…
Performing 'Condo', a performance piece I wrote with Jun Hanzer. It features a poem, a pedal looper and Jun's video projections, and is written in the voice of a condominium being constructed.
I had to learn how to use the pedal looper to perform (and write) the piece!
The City Limits explored Singapore (and its limits) from all kinds of strange and upside-down angles. This is an image from 'Seasons', a piece I collaborated on with Charlene Shepherdson, Joe Nair, Daniel Tan, Jun Hanzer, Bani Haykal and Ila, merging music, words and images. Singapore has no seasons in the temperate sense. What are its own seasons then?
I sang on stage for the first time in a long while. Working with so many talented artists in different art forms made it possible to try new things and surprise myself...
The City Limits crew: Joe Nair, Daniel Tan, Sharda Harrison, Charlene Shepherdson, Rae Lim, Shaun Koh, Ng Yi-Sheng, Chong Koh You, Sean McMenamin, Bani Haykal, Ila, Jun Hanzer, Kash Cheong, Marc Nair (who brought us all together) and me.
Word Forward supported the City Limits project, and the final performances took place at Goodman Arts Centre, Singapore on 22 and 23 July 2011. Photos by Shaun Koh and Wen Ai.