Pitch Start: Beyond Moving with Artisans
Beyond Moving with Artisans (BMoA) is the winner of YSDAF 2023’s Pitch Start grant for a new mixed medium work that best exemplifies YSDAF 2023’s theme and values.
Beyond Moving with Artisans (BMoA) is an interdisciplinary art project that combines traditional Malaysian crafts with dance to create a unique and immersive experience for the audience. The project showcases the oral history of traditional jobs and skills on the verge of extinction in Butterworth City, aiming to bridge the generation gap and foster intergenerational connections.
For YSDAF 2023, BMoA’s spotlight is on the pairing of Tau Sar Piah Biscuit baker x contemporary dance. They are blending modern elements and technology to enhance the audience’s experience while promoting inclusivity by involving underrepresented communities like refugees, artists who are disabled, and special needs teenagers.
The performance is a diverse and engaging 120-minute experience. It includes lecture performances, a Tau Sar Piah augmented reality workshop, a live biscuit-making session, dance performances with mixed reality, and an immersive journey through the Tau Sar Piah Workspace portal.
Their goal is to create an unforgettable, immersive experience that resonates with the festival’s theme “Shout It Out: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow,” where art, culture, and technology come together to celebrate our heritage and embrace the future.
About the Artiste / Group
Co-producer/Choreographer – Lau Beh Chin (Jinn) is from Penang, Malaysia. In 2011, she spent a year to obtain her Master of Choreography at Fontys Hogeshcool Voor de Kunsten, Tilburg. She graduated from the University of Limerick with a first class honors Master’s degree in contemporary dance performance. Jinn has performed and worked with Katja Grässli (Swiss/NL), Laura Murphy (IRL), Jacqueline Doyen (FR) and had her works performed at ABUNDANCE ’13, Sweden; Dancewoods Workshop Festival, Bologna Italy.
Dramaturg/Multimedia Art Director – Ridhwan Saidi is a Malaysian independent filmmaker, writer and theatre practitioner. He co-curated Pesta Playlet in 2019. His latest works include Tiada Cinta Selama Muda (director) which premiered at Singapore International Film Festival 2020, Bangsawan Gemala Malam (playwright) commissioned by Singapore International Festival of Arts 2022, and Menjadi Laila dan Sairah (director) that has been screened at Jogja NETPAC Asian Film Festival 2021 and London Short Film Festival 2023.
Creative Technologist Team – FABU is an advocator of the makers’ revolution, driven by digital fabrication technologies. Their Sunway-based fabcafe serves as a collaborative workspace, offering facilities and services for making, learning, exploring, and sharing digital fabrication projects. As a digital innovation agency, they specialize in creative solutions such as digital fabrication, web/app design & development, interaction attractions, and immersive experiential design & marketing.
Collaborator/performer – Low Xin Ping hails from Johor, recently graduated with Bachelor in Dance (Performance) at Aswara and is very active in the local dance scene. A few of her notable performances include Gelombang Baru 2018, Tandak Mengalai 2018, Short and Sweet 2018, Dramatari Raja Bersiong 2018, Dramatari The Lonely Cowherd 2019, Dancebox 2019, JAMU 2019, Tari 19’, Kontra: Bianglala, Asirvatham, Borneo and many more.
Collaborator/performer – Winnie Xuan started dancing under Dua Space Dance Theatre Academy where she completed her RAD Advanced 2 and CSTD Grade 8 in Modern Jazz. She holds a Bachelors in Dance from ASWARA and has been involved in faculty productions JAMU, Gelombang Baru and Tari’19. Her recent achievement was 5th place in Korea International Contemporary Dance Competition. She now freelances as a performer, teacher and is opened to exploring new art forms.
Collaborator/performer – Wong Chi Ying graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Dance (major in dance performance) from the National Academy of Arts, Culture and Heritage (ASWARA) in 2017. Currently, she’s pursuing a Master’s degree in Beijing Dance Academy. She was awarded with “New Best Talent” in China-ASEAN Theatre Week in Nanning (China) in 2014.
Collaborator/biscuit baker: Jammy tummy is a social enterprise bakery, which provide training and aims to provide employment opportunity to autistic people. They also make natural and healthy cookies, pastry and desserts.
Collaborator/painter – Izzati Sharin has always been very enthusiastic about colours. In the past decade, she has participated in many exhibitions, both local and international, and won prestigious awards. Also a member artist of the Balai Seni Negara digital platform Gogallery.my, a 3 min ‘lockdown ART video’ of Izzati at work during the lockdown was also featured. Izzati’s artworks are in the collection of Tun Daim, Raja Mariam, Tuanku Puan Muda Perlis, Maybank Foundation and others.
Collaborator/mover- Chin Student Organization is a school of Chin Myanmar Students.
Co-Producer / Choreographer: Lau Beh Chin (Jinn) Dramaturg/ Multimedia Art Director: Ridhwan Saidi Creative Technologist Team: FABU
Performer: Low Xin Ping, Winnie Xuan, Wong Chi Ying
Biscuit Baker: Jammy Tummy
Painter: Izzati Sharin
Mover: Chin Student Organization
Co-Producer: Low Pey Sien