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SWF Dirty Feet: 5 November 2019

| Documentation by Chloe Chotrani |

Performance day! A hectic morning, as Hariz is suddenly called in for a mock-emergency call-in for National Service. We worry in the beginning because there is barely any audience. Minutes before the performance, we were blessed with a good number of the audience coming together, and the team ready to perform.

Post-performance notes: 

  • For ending

  1. Sound fade out before “It’s a boy!” 

  2. After the rice dance — put the sound softer before the announcement 

  3. Song continues, the party goes on 

  • Double-check letters under rattan hats before the performance 


  • Slowly revealing intention in each scene 

  • Create more time for settling, especially between transitions 

  • Speak slowly 

  • Be more animated 


  • Ninja scene needs to be extended, to make it clear before “oh no” section 

  • Oh no, Jonit falling instead of standing 

  • Boxes should be passed to Uncle Ah Leng

  • Switch Najib Ali celebration and painting

  • Giving birth scene for everyone else: go close to Mothers tummy, dreamy energy, lava likes

Post-performance reflection:

The opportunity to respond with the work of an author Sharon Ismael and the challenge of translating her work into an interactive performance is one that comes with obstacles of set design, skills of improvisation, conducting a crowd of children, and having fun, all at the same time. They offered The Ghost with Dirty Feet new life that was not a direct translation, but rather a response from a group of movement artists that threw themselves in the playground of child-like wonderment inspired by the story of Sallamah and Ali!

Overall, P7:1SMA always remains to have a playful approach amidst the chaos and demands of production. The playful spirit is always translated into their work and continues to be an uplifting force for both fellow performers and the audience. The impact left of this work is in the in-between moments of children feeling seen and celebrated as they are. Giving them the confidence to play and be themselves in public is the gift of artistic expression.

A warm response author Sharon Ismail:

“We never would have dreamed Sallamah & Ali’s story would take on this dimension of dance”
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