The SAINOUSPACE Stage
Programmes under The SAINOUSPACE Stage cater specifically for practitioners and participants who are currently in or interested in performance arts. We curate exclusive programmes that cover dance, theatre, vocals and acting.
NEW - TSUJIKAZE
Butoh performance by Xue
Music accompaniment by Derrick Tay
Tsujikaze translated as dust-devil or whirlwind is the latest Butoh offering by Butoh dancer Xue. The bucolic performance will be accompanied by live instrumentals and sonic improvisations by Derrick Tay, Co-Founder of SAINOUSPACE, conjuring a forested world of soft breezes and dancing leaves.
Using the dust devil as a personification of the ‘empty-body’ state in butoh, Tsujikaze is given form through the corralling of dust and loose matter from the forest floor, stirred by the vibrations of singing bowls and deep vocalizations. Derrick’s music breathes life into Xue’s Butoh and maps the edges of a secret world shared by the two performers as they engage in a soft duality of sound and movement. The music element in Tsujikaze is an integral part of the performance, enhancing the sensory experience of the audience and supporting the gradual unfolding of the Butoh form. The live instrumentals and sonic improvisations by Derrick Tay create a unique soundscape that transports the audience to a forested world of soft breezes and dancing leaves.
Through the use of singing bowls and deep vocalizations, the music becomes a vehicle for creating and sustaining an immersive atmosphere. The vibrations of the singing bowls complement the movements of Xue's Butoh, evoking a sense of harmony between the two performers. The music element in Tsujikaze also serves to personify the 'empty-body' state in butoh. The sounds and rhythms of the sonic improvisations and live instrumentals conjure the image of a dust devil or whirlwind as if the music is breathing life into the performance and animating the inanimate.
Accompanying the performance will be an artist talk between the two performers where they talk about their collaborative process and some of the textures, imagery and thematics behind the work.
19th or 21st April 2023
7.30pm - 9.00pm (Doors open at 7pm)
$30 (Limited capacity)
Previously based in New York City. Xue is a Singaporean artist and butoh practitioner. As a butoh dancer, Xue has been featured in The Online New York Butoh Institute Festival (2020) and The Online Queer Butoh Festival (2021). Most recently, they performed their work ‘Shadowbloom’ live in New York City at The Brick Theater in Brooklyn with musical collaborator Mervin Wong, presented by Vangeline Theater/New York Butoh Institute. In 2021, Xue was also given the opportunity to share their research on their durational performance work ‘SLEEPWALKERS’ at Dance Nucleus’s Scope #11. Xue is currently learning butoh under the guidance of Vangeline (NYC, Vangeline Theater/New York Butoh Institute) and Emiko Agatsuma (JP, AGAXART).
Derrick Tay is a multidisciplinary artist who explores emotional depths and narratives through music, movement and the voice. With a background in Theatre Arts (BA Hons) and a double diploma in Performance and Popular Vocal Teaching (London College of Music), Derrick’s focus is the importance of the inward journey as a means of creative expression. As a musician Derrick is known for his ability to capture complex emotions and weave them into his compositions, using music as a tool to tell stories and explore the human experience. His work is characterized by its honesty and vulnerability, as he draws inspiration from his own life experiences and the world around him.
NEW - Butoh Workshop
Xue will also be conducting a 2-day workshop on the 19th and 20th of May, Seeing without Sight. Some additional techniques introduced in the class will be about using breath to shape the body and maintaining one’s axis of rotation in addition to picking up on subtle fluctuations within yourself.
7.30pm - 9.30pm (Doors open at 7pm)
$50 (Limited capacity)
*Only 15 pax / session