SCOPE is a platform for informal artists' presentations. Associate members of DANCE NUCLEUS as well as non-members may conduct discussions, workshops, jams, readings, screenings, open studio and work-in-progress showings. The showings are self-organised and hosted by the artists themselves, with the goal of generating critical discourse.


SCOPE #8     :   7 - 8 March 2020


07.03.20  SAT


12:00 - 13:00


Nicholas Tee

REST-LESS is a new participatory performance installation that refers to the aesthetics of nightlife and club culture to examine embodied responses to political apathy. The project asks whether we can afford to choose inaction and stillness in the face of political oppression, infringed civil rights and rising injustice. 

CHILLIDXDDY is the artistic project of Nicholas Tee – a live artist working between Singapore and London. They collage action, image, body, sound and material through body-based performance, pain and endurance. Their work is often politically charged, angry, messy and unintelligible. Nicholas' current research is in curatorial activism and nightlife as a social practice.

13:00 - 14:00

Slow Burn, Together

Emma Fishwick (Perth)

A sharing of recent ideas surrounding "Slow Art" and its place within performance and choreographic practice. The presentation will discuss ideas of duration (in content, in the making and in the viewing of a work), labour (of the work and its workers) and repeatability (of event, image and experience).   

Emma is currently lecturing at Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, an associate artist with Co:3 Australia, a STRUT Dance board member, and an active choreographer, photographer and editor in Perth. Creatively, Emma is increasingly questioning whether dance can achieve the often-complex connections between the human and non-human, challenging her understanding of the form through incorporating multiple art practices. 

15:00 - 16:00

Bani Haykal


16:00 - 17:00

Sheryll Goh


17:00 - 18:00

Rachel & Ammar


08.03.20    SUN


12:00  - 13:00

The Problematic Danseuse: An Audio-Visual Deconstruction
Nirmala Seshadri 

This current phase of collaboration with audio-visual artist Mervin Wong explores the introduction of visual and sonic elements in the deconstruction, and subsequent reconstruction of Nirmala’s retrospective lecture performance - The Problematic Danseuse. 

Nirmala's artistic practice hinges on the mature body and its relationship with movement, expression, its history, as well as the socio-cultural milieus in which it is located. The overarching question that underpins her practice is: As a mature woman whose past was steeped in the learning, practice and performance of classical Indian dance, how can I now engage with Dance in ways that are authentic and empowering?

13:00 - 14:00


Syimah Sabtu

First step:

To develop physical, mental and spiritual powers.

Syimah’s practices are based on    her Contemporary and Malay Folk Dance background.    She focuses on internally examining bodies before entering the process of creating movements, during and after. She is excited by the possibilities of collaboration, of interaction and connection between different forms and disciplines. In her works, she is interested to explore and connect with elements nested in the bodies she works with; their histories, textures, and beliefs, to name a few. Her current research dives into the dualities of being.


14:00 - 15:00


Rebecca Wong

The artist will create a space where the audience can connect using rope as a medium to investigate the true relationship between individuals.


A graduate of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Wong’s choreography and performances question stereotypes from a female perspective. Sometimes provocative her works evoke a revaluation of attitudes by and towards – women, body and desires, especially sex.   Major works include; when time limps, Woman.Body, 19841012, Nook and Bird-Watching.


15:00 - 16:00

Several Strategies - Practicing Performing
Lee Mun Wai

Mun Wai has been developing several performance strategies that allow him - as a dancing body - to be in direct and dynamic dialogue with the various elements of his surroundings. He employs these strategies to generate material for his upcoming final Masters performance project, currently titled On Display. How do these strategies of relating come into play when the body is on display?


Lee Mun Wai is a Singaporean dance artist currently pursuing his Masters in Choreography and Performance at the Institut for Applied Theatre Studies (ATW) in Giessen, Germany. His current focus is on how the performing of dance can, rather than issue commentary,  re-propose relationships between performer, audience, and the surrounding environment.