George Chua – Seven Legged Spider Dance Troupe (2020)

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George Chua – Seven Legged Spider Dance Troupe (2020)

Description

GEORGE CHUA

Seven Legged Spider Dance Troupe (2020) HD Video 19 Min 45 Sec

ARTIST STATEMENT

An electrician, a cardboard lady, a dwarf and a crippled chicken rice hawker. Together, they dance with seven legs. These are the nameless bodies only known by their vocation and physical handicaps.

They were immersed in oppression and yet developed a dispassion towards evil. They carry evil in their bodies but were not evil themselves. Rather, evil had been done to them and had marked their bodies with its effects.

I am dancing their dance, yet I am not them. Their flesh is smeared in these isolated rooms, yet their anguish cannot be isolated. Though full of anguish, I must tell of this secret joy.

I have known them as characters in my head yet they became unknowable by me, hence unnameable. That which was unnameable was forced upon with a name of a malformed insect, in the name of art.

This work was conceptualised in 2007 but shelved. A time of reflection during the COVID Pandemic brought this work to light again. Dedicated to the memory of my two aunts who committed suicide when I was a child. I remember you.

BIOGRAPHY

George Chua is a multidisciplinary artist based in Singapore. Active since the late nineties, he works in the intersection between the body and sound. He has presented works in the form of physical theatre, performance art and sound installations. As an instigator and explorer of sound, he resists development in a singular style or genre. Apart from his solo work and performances, George’s collaborative interests include live sound improvisation, sound design for film and theatre, as well experimental strategies for soundtracks.

Date

1 December 2020 - 28 March 2021

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George Chua – Seven Legged Spider Dance Troupe (2020)

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484278776

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Citation

“George Chua – Seven Legged Spider Dance Troupe (2020),” NTU CCA Singapore Digital Archive, accessed June 26, 2022, https://ntuccasingapore.omeka.net/items/show/3140.