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Thank you to everyone for your generosity

and support in 𝗣𝟳:𝟭𝗦𝗠𝗔 𝗖𝗮𝘁𝗮𝗹𝘆𝘀𝘁 𝗦𝗵𝗼𝘄𝗶𝗻𝗴!

CATALYST is an incubation programme for P7:1SMA associates that supports research process and performance-making. We hope to inspire artistic practices that grow and embrace failures. Personalised support is given to artists such as unlimited studio time, mentorship circle, feedback with community and administrative support. Since the programme started 2018, there have been 4 artists who have shared their incubated works with the community.

Programme Line-up
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2:15 - 2:45pm
𝗧𝗮𝗽𝗲 𝗧𝗼𝘄𝗻

by 𝘝𝘢𝘭𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦 𝘓𝘪𝘮 and 𝘔𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘢 𝘓𝘢𝘶𝘸

Tape town is a work-in-progress performance inspired by social distancing tape markings in Singapore. We’re interested in exploring the language of tape, how they have become commonplace in Singapore’s visual culture and how bodies physically respond to these markings.

This showcase features a few distinct experiments with tape, exploring different ways we can conform, subvert and play with the rules.

About the Artists
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Valerie Lim

Valerie Lim believes life must be spent pursuing what makes us feel the most alive. The mysteries of the human body, multi-disciplinary and immersive works deeply thrill her. Two immersive experiences she has presented includes: San Junipero, an invitation to come to terms with one's mortality and Tardigrade Estate, which invited audiences to create their own virtual paradise. Her current movement practice involves stepping out of her comfort zone by cross training with different movement practices. Currently, she is an Associate Artist at Dance Nucleus. She is also an Associate with P7:1SMA Ltd., a dance community led by Norhaizad Adam, who considers performance-making as necessary disruptions, Malay as a concept, and dance as a strategy for common humanity.

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Melinda Lauw

Melinda Lauw is an artist, experience designer and immersive creator working across the fields of art, immersive entertainment and experiential marketing. Formerly specializing in constructed textiles, Melinda’s practice now centers around the concept of performance as care. She is the co-founder of Whisperlodge, a production company pioneering the practice of live ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response). Their eponymous immersive show has toured New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles and has been featured on Netflix, in The New York Times and Newsweek among others. Melinda received her BA in Fine Art and History of Art from Goldsmiths, University of London and her MA in Art Business from Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York. She has worked with brands such as the Museum of Ice Cream, Refinery 29 and Marriott Hotel Group.

Tape Town
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3:00 - 3:30pm

by 𝘐𝘴𝘮𝘢𝘪𝘭 𝘑𝘦𝘮𝘢𝘢𝘩, 𝘚𝘶𝘧𝘳𝘪 𝘑𝘶𝘸𝘢𝘩𝘪𝘳 and 𝘚𝘺𝘪𝘮𝘢𝘩 𝘚𝘢𝘣𝘵𝘶

Share what you think, they'll share what they feel.

About the Artists

Ismail Jemaah

A dancer and choreographer trained in Malay performing art forms, Ismail Jemaah moves and creates through the lens of his roots as his catalyst. Amongst other things, Ismail just wants to have serious fun.

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Syimah Sabtu

Syimah Sabtu is a performance artist from Singapore. She graduated from Republic Polytechnic (Theatre and Arts Management) and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Dance). Syimah’s practice is rooted in Malay folk dance and contemporary dance. Syimah is currently investigating on the Dualities of Being, exploring layered connections between personal histories, narratives and beliefs nestled within our bodies, and examines the kinesics state of the dancer’s body. Syimah is currently a core associate with P7:1SMA Ltd and an associate member with Dance Nucleus. (


Sufri Juwahir

Sufri Juwahir is a dancer and choreographer. He was originally trained in Hip-Hop and was part of a street dance group. Sufri is constantly pushing his movement vocabulary through learning of different dance genres like modern contemporary and Indian classical form harathanatyam. He believes that the sensitivities of physical exploration will be greatly heightened through learning, understanding and applying the techniques learnt into practice. This approach not only allows the body to discover new ways of expressing, but the mind to be open for development and discover new perspectives of body and physical progression.

3:45 - 4:15pm

by 𝘑𝘰𝘯𝘪𝘵 𝘖𝘯 and 𝘚𝘺𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘧𝘶𝘥𝘥𝘪𝘯 𝘚𝘢𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘪

What if you were forcefully transported to another universe that exists in the present, yet detached from the reality that you are familiar with? Do you go along, do you challenge, do you change? How will you align yourself, to be true to yourself?

AZURE sees two bodies momentarily removed from their current reality and involuntarily plunged into a dystopian dreamscape. They have to negotiate conflict and contradictions, dancing between violence and vulnerability in this state of eerily familiar hypnosis. Integrating the mediums of dance, body painting and live music while referencing spiritual practices such as crystal healing and tarot reading, this performance through the screen seeks to suck viewers into a fantastical experience and evoke reflections about making choices to survive in a world slipping out of our grasp of understanding.