ASAS ASAS investigates the process of choreographic approach to what is New Creation in Malay dance. In this short incubation period, the work utilised a reference point from Zubir Abdullah’s composition titled Zapin Budi, a Zapin genre music.

as i see it: mind/mine   This series of works relates to dance as I see it – as a world imagines with instructions (subtle and direct) and text that initiates movement. In removing all that I know about dance, I consider: what else might there be left?

Death’s Pathos

“Live how we can, yet die we must” – William Shakespeare There are many emotions around the idea of death – sadness, hopelessness, fear, relief, happiness, pride, etc. However, if death can be personified, how will she choose to view all these human emotions? After all, in the eyes of Death, everything is fair and […]

Malay Drills Malay Drills is a power-play between audiences and players on stage, an interactive work debating who decides what the Malay identity is. Through this work, Malay dance as a presumed root of identity is questioned and presented with the rigidity of military drills, providing commentary on the unyielding nature of “traditions”.

Mahulu (Mahu tapi Malu)   Inspired by the traditional art of bahulu-making, this piece focuses on the journey towards an uncertain and non-guaranteed success despite one having to go through a painstakingly long process filled with trial-and-error. Concurrently, this piece also highlights the impact of modernization of cultural values such as humility, and team spirit.

Serampang Ber(T12-Da)k Serampang Ber(T12-Da)k recontextualizes Serampang 12 by exploring contemporary perspectives of courtship. This work seeks to investigate the gender dynamics at play in Serampang 12 and reimagines the dance through a modern lens by exploring aspects of agency in courtship and communication strategies in the age of social media.

Coherence 2.0_

Reflections through lenses of Teochew Opera and Nan Quan The work will be discovering the main movement concepts of Nan Quan, a southern Chinese martial art form that passed down to Chinese communities in Malaysia, and its connections and somatic commonalities between Cantonese and Teochew Opera in Malaysia, to seek resemblance in aesthetics of our […]

Ibuki 息吹


Ibuki meaning breath. Ibuki is a performance research dedicated to utilize breath control to its fullest potential, aiding the performer in physiological and psychological control. In the direction of Somatic practices, Ibuki threads the fine line between taking care of the performer’s body whilst performing at the same time. Can Somatic-Dancing be a performance itself? […]

& Lovely Colour matters (?) An investigative journey to understand why and how colourism within the Indian community exists. A personal yet universal story told through the lens of an Indian dancer, explored with a spirit of curiosity. Unpacking lived experience using critical theory and research on the Indian complexion complex, all in hopes of sparking […]

Tabula Rasa

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