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My Grandfather’s Road – Rabbit Heart, Dragon Soul

Curated by Jezlyn Tan

LITERARY ARTS

 

My Grandfather's Road is a multi-disciplinary project of stories about growing up at Neo Pee Teck Lane, a side road in Pasir Panjang, named after the artist’s grandfather. Recollecting his memories and reconnecting with these stories, the project has been published in a book, presented on stage, exhibited as a photography installation and now, a multi-media exhibition. 

My Grandfather’s Road – Rabbit Heart, Dragon Soul is a visual exposition of the stories through old family photographs, documents, artefacts, video documentaion of the previous stage versions and a new photo book set. There will be readings in English and Cantonese of excerpts from the original book, performance scripts, new writings and a live music listening session of analogue songs for the digital generation, featuring music and songs released up to 1973, the year the artist moved out from his grandfather’s road. 

Neo Kim Seng was born in January 1964, almost the end of the Year of the Rabbit in the Lunar calendar, just before the entry of the Dragon. This exhibition tells Kim Seng’s stories, a Rabbit who has grown to adopt the spirit of the Dragon, traversing time and space.

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Exhibition Tour with readings in Cantonese and English by Karen Tan, Tan Cher Kian and Gary Tang
9 Mar, Sat | 5.30pm – 6.30pm | Free
Advisory 16 (some coarse language)

Readings in English by Karen Tan
10 Mar, Sun | 5.30pm – 6.15pm | Free
Advisory 16 (some coarse language)

My Grandfather’s Songs: A Music Listening Session
16 Mar, Sat | 8pm – 10pm | Free
Advisory 16 (some coarse language)

Readings in Cantonese by Tan Cher Kian and Gary Tang
17 Mar, Sun | 5pm – 6pm | Free
Advisory 16 (some coarse language)

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About the Artist
Neo Kim Seng is a cross-disciplinary practitioner and has been involved in independent and large scale projects in various capacities in Singapore and overseas since 1987. He has programmed for Esplanade – Theatres On The Bay, Singapore Arts Festival, Singapore International Film Festival, NUS Arts Festival and managed productions for companies including Asia In Theatre Research Centre, TheatreWorks, WildRice, Singapore Repertory Theatre and independent artists. He has produced and toured independent dance productions to Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Canada, has held two solo exhibition of his installation art and made his directing and writing debut with Decimal Points 810 presented by Cake Theatrical Productions in 2014. His first book, My Grandfather’s Road was published in 2015 and he has since developed 3 stage versions of the book in English and Cantonese. He also recently started working with independent Singaporean dancemakers as a dramaturg. 

About the Curator
Jezlyn Tan is an independent curator, arts producer and an artist with her own practice. The past 19 years of her experience in the arts has seen her working with numerous local, regional and international artists in various organisations such as Plastique Kinetic Worms, Collectors Contemporary and Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay, amongst many other independent projects. 

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