While Chinese opera may sound like just a traditional art form or dying memory from the past, it does not mean that it cannot be celebrated or made relevant once more.
In the case of fashion photographer Lenne Chai and the Singaporean street dance crew ScRach MarcS, this goal was taken on board and translated into a co-directed one-a-half-minute short that was released last week for the Spaces Between Us film series as part of National Art Council’s #SGCultureAnywhere campaign.
Why you may ask? Simply put: they wanted to chronicle our relationships with the forgotten and overlooked spaces in a rapidly-urbanising Singapore.
On June 2, the creative trio released another dance-inspired sequel titled Spaces Between Us: Weave In. This time, the short film takes inspiration from the intricacies of rattan weaving design that’s similarly on the verge of disappearance and interprets it through contemporary dance.
Ahead, we chat with them about the wayang project, from the beauty of the cherished art form to their experiences in bringing this piece to life to the importance of reclaiming these lost parts of culture.
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