SERENITY: A Glimpse Through the Traditional Lenses

Interdisciplinary Dance Art

Presented by Marrow Collective and performed by interdisciplinary artist Kar Kah Chan, in collaboration with cinematographer Joie Koo, dancers Ker Yee Teng and Winnie Tay Yi Xuan, Malaysian composer Yii Kah Hoe, and visual artist Sim Hoi Ling, “SERENITY: A Glimpse Through the Traditional Lenses” is a screening session, a performance, and a brief workshop that aims to connect traditional art forms with contemporary practices in dance and discover the vibrancy and diversities of the Malaysian art scene. Inspired by two classical tragic female characters in kabuki and Chinese opera – Sagi Musume (Heron Maiden) and Yokihi (Lady Yang Gui Fei) – which were famously recreated and portrayed by Kabuki actor Bando Tamasaburo V, the contemporary dance work of the programme aims to reflect on the commonalities and aesthetics created from the memories of kabuki and Chinese opera. Meanwhile, the screening session is a 15-minute site-specific performance and digital work that captures still images and subtle movements in contrast with the traditional houses of Malaysia, relocated in Rimbun Dahan, the home of architect Hijjas Kasturi and his wife Angela. The programme culminates with a brief workshop to introduce the artist’s practice to the general public and art communities in Penang.
ChoreographerChan Kar Kah
DancerKer Yee Teng, Winnie Tay Yi Xuan
Visual artistSim Hoi Ling
Composer / Sound designYii Kah Hoe
Lighting designerTan Eng Heng

About Marrow Collective

Marrow Collective was founded in 2018. The collective aims to promote Chinese traditional arts and performance in Malaysia from a contemporary perspective. We encourage multidisciplinary practices, experimental performances, and cross-disciplinary collaborations to develop new artistic styles in the Malaysian Chinese dance community. Marrow Collective has performed in local art festivals, and abroad in Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, Singapore, and Indonesia for international cultural events. We initiate dancer training programs and provide a performance platform to foster young local talents, and are now actively engaged in collaborative community programs, research projects, and art residencies.



19 & 20 July 2022




Hin Bus Depot


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