Installation Grace Tjang (Grace Ellen Barkey) / Needcompany: MALAM / NIGHT

Grace Tjang (Grace Ellen Barkey) / Needcompany (BE/ID)
© Emma van der Put

Jul 20 2022 to Jul 22 2022
Wednesday - Friday:
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 to Friday, July 22, 2022
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Water burbles, patterns and images flit through this somnambulistic installation, in which a soloist dances – a shadow diva in a shiny sequin dress. Grace Ellen Barkey, who was born in Surabaya, Indonesia, and co­-founded the Belgian Needcompany to­ gether with Jan Lauwers, has decolonised her name for this new work. She now calls herself Grace Tjang after her grandmother. In MALAM / NIGHT she plays the dhalang, the puppeteer, in the ancient wayang pup­ pet­shadow play from Java, enchanting the audience with dreamlike poetry. Tjang’s nocturnal observations of the plants in her garden served as inspiration.