Shamanism meets voguing meets Yishun. For Yishun is Burning the choreographer Choy Ka Fai adapts Singaporean ritual dances for a transcendent queer solo on a multinational stage. The dancer Sun Phitthaya Phaefuang (a.k.a. Amazon Sun) puts himself into states between ecstasy, trance and drag to go beyond the usual attributes of gender, cultural identity and religion. Thirty years after the iconic New York documentary Paris is Burning, this performance interweaves the themes of a globalised world with old and new movement traditions, and celebrates the search for (one’s own) spirituality in dance.
Concept, Documentation and Direction: Choy Ka Fai / Dramaturgy: Tang Fu-Kuen / Spiritual Presence: Kali and Kuan Yin / Choreography and Dance Performance: Sun Phitthaya Phaefuang / Sound Design and Musical Performance: NADA (Rizman Putra & Safuan Johari) and Cheryl Ong / 3D Visual Design and Technology: Brandon Tay / Visual Artist: Sven Gareis / telematique / Light Design, Installation, Technical Direction: Ray Tseng / Technical Direction Singapore Studio: ARTFACTORY / Stage Management: Sanja Gergorić / Touring Administration: Tammo Walter / Production Manager: Mara Nedelcu / Guest Dancers: Magia Prodigy, Loki, Pavka, Jade Mugisha