CATALYST Studio Showing


Join us for P7:1SMA Catalyst Studio Showing by our associate artists!

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 in their works with the community.

๐—ฃ๐Ÿณ:๐Ÿญ๐—ฆ๐— ๐—” ๐—–๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜†๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฆ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ผ ๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด

9 & 10 January 2021, Saturday & Sunday

๐Ÿฎ.๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฑ ๐—ฃ๐—  - ๐Ÿฑ.๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฌ ๐—ฃ๐— 
๐Ÿณ.๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฌ ๐—ฃ๐—  - ๐Ÿต.๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฌ ๐—ฃ๐—  (9 Jan)
๐Ÿด.๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฑ ๐—ฃ๐—  - ๐Ÿต.๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฌ ๐—ฃ๐—  (10 Jan)

(See line-up below)

Pay-as-you-wish: From $10 - $50, or more! If you're feeling generous :)
Your contribution will help to support the artists, studio rental and maintenance.

Upon registration, make payment via bank transfer to P7:1SMA Ltd. OCBC account: 712211929001 or PayNow to UEN: 201707768H. DM us on IG @p71sma or email admin@p71sma.com with your registered name and proof of transaction within 24 hours to confirm your slot.

All sessions will be held at Rumah P7:1SMA, Stamford Arts Centre #03-01, 155 Waterloo St, Singapore 187962.
For enquiries, DM us on FB/IG or email us at admin@p71sma.com


Programme line-up

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.

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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.

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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.

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4:30 - 5:00pm
Sacred Connection
by Sharul Mohd, Nurliyana Shukor, Tng Yue Lin Geraldine, Peni Candra Rini and Roar Collective Pte Ltd

We pray, we hope, we yearn.

Transcending beyond realm,

Beyond the calmness,


Visceral state of chaos.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.

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7:30 - 8:00pm
MANMAN *FULLY BOOKED* DM to be on waiting list
by Syimah Sabtu and Merissa Tang
(UPDATE: Syimah's showing will be on 9 Jan only)

What we see and what we do not see.

What we hear and what we do not hear.

What we say and what we do not say.

Can we/I/you co - exist?

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8:15 - 8:45pm
Grain *FULLY BOOKED* DM to be on waiting list
by Syarifuddin Sahari

“Some moments might seem grainy.

As we seek for ways to carry on,

our thoughts are constantly shifting.

What happens as they scatter and clump?"


'Grain' is based on the phrase "to take with a grain of salt"; how conscious are we when believing what is presented to us? The grains of thought such as assurance, doubt, hope, desolation, tenderness, deprivation and security constantly float / wander around in our heads. Those that meander together may either form positive clarity or lead to self-destruction.

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9:00 - 9:30pm
shadow-ing ้˜ดๅฝฑ
by Sonia Kwek

the shadow is the double

the shadow is the foil

the shadow is searching for the Self


A Shadow stands, holding the ashes of it's Self. How does the Shadow move? Why does the Shadow seek? Is it possible to empty and embody simultaneously? Alluding to anonymity and performativity, this work is an exploration of what looking towards our shadow space can behold


About the Artists

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.

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.

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.

Sufri Juwahir

Sufri Juwahir (b. 1983) is a dancer and choreographer. He was originally trained in Hip-Hop and was part of a street dance group (B.A’D) in the early 2000s. Throughout the years of winning dance competitions and understanding the Hip-Hop culture, he grew an interest in the arts and decided to widen his dance vocabulary.

Sufri joined Maya Dance Theatre in 2008 as a full-time dancer and was involved in all of Maya’s major productions where he had the opportunity to create new works for the company and involved in local and international festivals. Sufri went on to further his studies in LASALLE College of the Arts and after receiving the NAC Scholarship in 2012, he graduated with a BA (HONS) Degree in Performing Arts in 2013.In 2015, Sufri co-founded Soul Signature with his dance partner, Sheriden Newman, and together they produced 2 full-length works Reverberate and Gading in 2016 and 2017. Sufri’s latest duet work, Decipher, bagged 2nd Prize Award, Audience Prize Award and Delattre Dance Company Award through the 31st International Choreography Competition in Hannover, Germany in 2017. The work was restaged for Delattre Dance Company in Mainz, Germany and LASALLE College of the Arts For Unwritten Chapters graduation shows. Sufri was conferred the Young Artist Award by National Arts Council in 2018.

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.

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. (www.syimahsabtu.com)

Jonit On

Jonit is an independent movement artist based in Singapore. Since graduating with a Diploma in Dance from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, she has been involved in various projects locally and internationally. She has had the opportunity to work with notable artists such as Danielle Agami, Jen Liu, NorhaizadAdam and Anthea Seah. Currently an Associate Artist with P7:1SMA, she is exploring combining different art forms and mediums to create immersive performance experiences.

Syarifuddin Sahari

Syarifuddin started out in street dance at 17 and his movements are derived from elements and tools of Street Dance namely HipHop, House, Dancehall & African, while having interest in other performative and movement forms. Exploring the power of the mind and imagination, he believes that dance as movement is the cosmic language that shares vocabulary and concepts, and is open to finding new ways to move and explore in order to better embody and transmit physically.

Intrigue, fascination, curiosity, wonder and understanding are some of the fuels that drive his actions and behaviour, seeking inspiration from his surroundings and beyond. He is currently exploring the relation between sound and movement, the seen and unseen, experimenting in his practice-in-process called Textures of the Reverb.

Sharul Mohd

Sharul is a versatile dance artist with multifaceted experience comprising choreographic work, teaching and performance. From 2007 till present, he has been a Malay dance performer, instructor, choreographer and practitioner with Artiste Seni Budaya, under the tutelage of Mr Rizman Kassim. He developed a well-honed practice in various forms of Malay folk dance. He has vast experience in performing internationally (Poland, Korea, Sabah, Bulgaria, Istanbul and Kuala Lumpur), and through a wide variety of platforms and collaborative works. Sharul strives to deepen his perspective through active conversations of dance artistry and his choreographic creativity is grounded in intricate expressions and complexity of movement.

He is dedicated to find ways to deepen traditional Malay dance in society by assisting people to relate to the art form in new ways, thus keeping the tradition alive and relevant. Sharul is passionate in creating contemporary works that explore movement language of Malay traditional form. Upon graduation from BA (Hons) Dance from LASALLE College of the Arts, he is interested to nurture his practice in performance-making. He is currently an Associate of 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.

Nurliyana Shukor

Liyana started ballet at the age of 10 years old. Her interest carved a continuous path to take up modern and contemporary dance in secondary school. At a young age, Liyana envisioned herself as a versatile dancer, hence she joined Atrika Dance Company under the tutelage of Mdm Mazlina Buang since 2010 till present. With the company, she is trained in traditional Malay dance, various street dance genres and contemporary dance. She has been taking part in competitions, productions and corporate events. Her notable experience is when she clinched top three in a TRDO dance competition (2015) and choreographed a hip-hop dance work for an Overseas Exchange Programme to India (2015).

In recent years, she started teaching and choreographing internally for company classes since 2018 and have an interest in developing her pedagogy in dance. She is passionate to develop her experience beyond Atrika Dance Company. Her desire led her to source out knowledge by attending open studio classes and workshops. Liyana is continuously learning from various local artists to broaden her perspective about dance and hopes to work with international artists in years to come.

Tng Yue Lin Geraldine

Final year psychology student at National University of Singapore. A team player who possesses strong social, communication, leadership and management skills. Always eager to help others and contribute to the team. Receptive to learning and open to taking up new challenges and opportunities presented.

Peni Candra Rini

Composer, Songwriter, Poet, Vocalist for Javanese (Sindhen) and Contemporary, Lecturer in the Department of Karawitan, Doctoral Candidate for Creation of Music Art at Indonesian Institute of the Arts (ISI) Surakarta. Owner and Executive Director of Candrarini’s Gamelan, Sentana Art Music Production and Jagad Sentana Art Foundation.

Merissa Tang

Merissa is a technical theatre practitioner from Singapore, with a myriad of skills ranging in Stage/Production Management to Lighting/Projection systems and design. Her works include: ‘SURGE’ (Melbourne) by Anouk Van Dijk (2020), ‘NAK DARA’ (Singapore) by P7:1SMA (2020), ‘Shared Fictions’ (Melbourne) by Jo Lloyd (2019), ‘AMOK>>>>HALT' (Vietnam) by VCA/USM (2019), and ‘Guilty Landscapes' (Germany) by Singapore International Festival of Arts (2017). Recipient of the National Arts Council (NAC) Scholarship (Singapore) in 2018, Merissa recently graduated with her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Design and Production); at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, University of Melbourne. She continuously expands her theatrical knowledge in hopes of becoming a well-rounded production/technical manager. Find out more: merissatang.com

Sonia Kwek

Sonia moves, makes and shares through varying mediums: often, she is performer, co-creator and/or facilitator in projects spanning across disciplines. Sonia's practice is driven by a fascination with the body, particularly in examining the material(ity) of the body and questioning body politics (as a womxn). Sonia seeks to shape space-time for intimate encounters and visceral experiences in her work, as a way to open alternative perspectives about the in-between and unspoken.

Sonia graduated with a Diploma in Intercultural Theatre โ€‹from tโ€‹he Intercultural Theatre Institute (ITI), where she โ€‹received her training in acting and contemporary performance makingโ€‹. Sonia also holds a Bachelor of Creative Industries (Drama) with Distinction, a study in interdisciplinary practice, from Queensland University of Technology (Australia). Currently, she is an associate artist with P7:1SMA and associate member of Dance Nucleus. Sonia also works regularly as a life model. Say hi on IG @soniakwek or check out www.soniakwek.com for a sample of her works.

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Jan 9 - Jan 10, 2021
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Rumah P7:1SMA, Stamford Arts Centre #03-01
9 Jan 2021 - 2.15pm - Tape Town by Valerie Lim FULL
9 Jan 2021 - 3.00pm - Garap by Ismail Jemaah FULL
9 Jan 2021 - 3.45pm - AZURE by Jonit On FULL
9 Jan 2021 - 4.30pm - Sacred Connection by Sharul Mohd FULL
9 Jan 2021 - 7.30pm - MANMAN by Syimah Sabtu FULL
9 Jan 2021 - 8.15pm - Grain by Syarifuddin Sahari FULL
9 Jan 2021 - 9.00pm - shadow-ing ้˜ดๅฝฑ by Sonia Kwek FULL
10 Jan 2021 - 2.15pm - Tape Town by Valerie Lim FULL
10 Jan 2021 - 3.00pm - Garap by Ismail Jemaah FULL
10 Jan 2021 - 3.45pm - AZURE by Jonit On FULL
10 Jan 2021 - 4.30pm - Sacred Connection by Sharul Mohd FULL
10 Jan 2021 - 7.30pm - MANMAN by Syimah Sabtu FULL
10 Jan 2021 - 8.15pm - Grain by Syarifuddin Sahari FULL
10 Jan 2021 - 9.00pm - shadow-ing ้˜ดๅฝฑ by Sonia Kwek FULL
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155 Waterloo St, Singapore 187962 Singapore

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