| 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.
Sound fade out before “It’s a boy!”
After the rice dance — put the sound softer before the announcement
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
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
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”