It took a pandemic to stop the world for just a moment. How has our internal ‘tempo’ changed since?
‘Stutter’ examines how the pandemic has forced us to adapt to new and unexpected circumstances, resulting in the disruption of rhythms within and between people. Together, we recognise what we have lost, understand the hidden tensions that remain, and acknowledge how we are rebuilding and moving forward individually and as communities.
During the performance audience members can blend their own experience into the projections, soundscape and choreography by charting a day’s activity ‘before COVID-19 appeared,’ ‘during the lockdowns’ and ‘now.’
Choreographer – Anna Kuroda (Japan)
Sound/multimedia – David Kirkpatrick (Australia)
Performers – Matthew Goh (Singapore), Audrey Desmond (Singapore), Reina Kimura (Japan)
15. 12. 2023（Fri）18:30☆
16. 12. 2023（Sat）15:00 / 18:30☆
17. 12. 2023（Sun）15:00 / 18:30☆
※ The performance duration is approximately 60 minutes
※ Doors open 30 minutes before the start time
※ Performance on the 16th and 17th will be filmed
☆ There will be an artist talk after every 18:30 performance
※ 7 minutes’ walk from Totsuka Station
※ Please use public transportation as much as possible
※ If necessary there is paid parking nearby in the Saclass shopping centre parking map
General Admission ¥3,500
YPAM Professional ¥3,200 (YPAM pass required)
U18 ¥2,000 (ID required)
Supporter Ticket ¥7,000 (If you choose this option you will receive a General Admission ticket plus a postcard and special thanks on the Murasaki Penguin website. Thank you for your support!)
※ For tickets purchased on the day without a prior booking an extra door fee of ¥500 will apply
※ Children under 6 are not permitted at this performance
※ If you purchase a YPAM Professional or U18 ticket you will be required to present your YPAM pass or ID at reception on the day. If you forget please note that you will be charged the full general admission price.
※ For wheelchair seat tickets please contact us via [email protected]
※ Advance bookings accepted until 23:59 the day before each show
If you wish to use a credit card or digital payment method please book via the YPAM website
If you wish to pay cash on the day please book using the form below
Concept – Murasaki Penguin
Dramaturg – Dr Nidya Shanthini Manokara
RAW Moves Artistic Director – Ricky Sim
Production Manager – David Kirkpatrick
Technical Assistant – Shumpei Nemoto
Administrative Team – Eri Imai, Stephanie Loh
Support – Yokohama Art Site, National Arts Council Singapore, Saison Foundation, Yokohama Triennale, MPP Totsuka
Stutter was commissioned by RAW Moves (Singapore)
Hosted by Murasaki Penguin
Contact: [email protected]
Established in 2011, RAW Moves is a contemporary dance company based in Singapore, which focuses its establishment, connection and direction of work with the spirit of inquiry. Their vision is to be the leading exponent of an inclusive and holistic approach to movement and dance in Asia.
RAW Moves Ltd is a recipient of the National Arts Council’s Major Company Scheme for the period from 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2025. https://rawmoves.net/
Matthew Goh graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts with a Diploma in Dance with Distinction (Choreography) and attained Best Graduate Award in 2013. He gained an interest in seeking alternatives from his conventional dance training and developed an inquiry questioning what is dance? As a founding member of RAW Moves, he challenged his notion further through the company’s repertoires and choreographic platforms, expanding his spectrum of what dance/movement can encompass.
He worked with artists from diverse backgrounds and disciplines — music, theatre, visual arts, and interactive media. Some works include Sounding Body (2016), Indices of Vanishment (2017), Archipelago Archives Exhibit #3: If I could set with the sun (2017), X&Y (2018), Alice, Bob & Eve (2019), Subtle Downtempo No (2019), Being, and Organs (2019), Interspace (2020), Overlap (2021) & Glitch (2022).
His recent choreographies include Tapping Out (2018), The Board – short film (2020), XITY (2021), Hide… & Seek – short film (2022). In 2021, he conceptualised a digital iteration of XITY, an AR App as part of the National Arts Council’s Got to Move 2021.
As a dance educator, he believes in cultivating an inclusive learning environment for all ages. In 2020, he completed ‘Working with Children with Disabilities in and through the Arts’ course by Social Service Institute and National Arts Council; and is actively working with children and young adults with diverse needs. He facilitates A Little RAW, an inclusive young dancers’ company in their annual showcase, such as What Simon Didn’t Say (2019), A Green Dot – a short film (2020) and In/out (2021).
Audrey Desmond (SG) is a freelance dance artist. Her dance journey began at the age of seven, and she holds a Diploma in Dance from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (2016), as well as a degree in Fine Arts in Dance from the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne (2018).
Audrey has enjoyed exposure to performance, choreography, contact improvisation, somatic work, interdisciplinary collaborations, and dance productions. Over the years, she has worked with established choreographers and artists such as James Cousins (UK), Gideon Obarzanek (Australia), Kevin Wynn (USA), Gillian Tan (Singapore), and Szilvia Füzik (Slovakia). Locally, she has performed with John Mead Dance Company (2015), and is a repeat collaborator of RAW Moves (2013, 2022). Her recent artistic exploration has branched out to screen dance, having produced several independent short dance films.
Choreographer and dancer. Her interest is change of the body by environment or language (dialect) and the state of people’s existence. She tries a research and work in various places now. She is a Saison foundation’s Saison fellowⅠartist from 2019 to 2020.
In 2020, Reina set up a small creative base “itoguchi” , meaning is a clue to dance and various things in the suburbs of Tokyo. While re-reading the relationship between dance and people / land, and movement (trip) , She is trying to leave dance to posterity. https://reinakimura.com
Murasaki Penguin is an interdisciplinary collaboration between dancer/choreographer Anna Kuroda and sound/multimedia artist David Kirkpatrick, based in Yokohama, Japan and Sydney, Australia. Our work crosses cultures and the boundaries of dance, sound, video, electronics and large scale installation – with a focus on interactivity and live performance. murasakipenguin.com
Kuroda explores choreography in which existence and memory can be perceived through the body transcending visible form. She has performed for Nibroll, Ong Keng Sen, KENTARO!!, Maki Tabata, Ko Murobushi, Phillip Adams Ballet Lab, Brook Andrew, Sioned Huws, Rena Kimura, Heather B Swann, and Charemaine Seet. She is a Toyota Choreography Award 2016 finalist. She was a performer and stand-in/picture double for Fala Chen in the Marvel Studios movie Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021). annakuroda.com
Kirkpatrick creates music, live visuals, performances and installations. In doing so he searches for essential elements that exist within the flow of time and individual moments. Yana Taylor theatre work “Leading Is Following Is Leading” Live Works Festival (2020) multimedia collaborator. Tamara Dean Installation “Stream Of Consciousness” Adelaide Biennale (2018) sound artist. “Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018)” TouchDesigner operator. Illuminate Wollondilly Festival (2015-21) projection mapping designer. davidk.art