Clara Chow

Clara Chow

Clara Chow (Singapore) is the author of two short-story collections: Dream Storeys (2016) and Modern Myths (2018). The former was born out of interviews with Singapore architects about their imaginary buildings, while the latter reworks Greek myths in Singaporean settings.

Her work has also been published in the likes of Columbia Journal, Asia Literary Review, Cha, Litro and Quarterly Literary Review Singapore (QLRS). In 2018, she was awarded Prairie Schooner‘s Jane Geske Award for her story “Siren (Redux) by Haley Tien-Warrior – 25th Anniversary Oral History/DJ Cliffhanger Remix – MUST LISTEN! THE FEELS…Awesome…”.

A former journalist and arts correspondent, she has taught creative writing at Nanyang Technological University and English literature at the Singapore University of Social Studies. She co-founded the online literary and art journal in 2015. 

Clara is a writer in our Southeast Asian Arts Residency program of 2018. At Rimbun Dahan, she is working on a joss-paper novel, meant to be burnt after reading. The work will explore taboos associated with book-burning, funeral rituals and Asian superstition.

Links to stories online:

“Bare Bones”

Excerpt from “The Wheel”

Excerpt from “Siren (Redux)…”

Shermaine Heng

Shermaine Heng

Shermaine is a Singaporean contemporary dance choreographer. She completed a Bachelor of Arts (Mass Comm & Political Science) at the University of Melbourne before embarking on a full-time career in dance. She then studied a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance Creation (Choreography) and subsequently, a Master of Dance at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Australia where she was awarded the 2014 Victorian Government Scholarship for Dance.

Throughout her postgraduate years, Shermaine was also funded by various arts organisations such as Creative Victoria, Regional Arts Victoria, Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council to create two works “Breathe, Woman!” (2015) and Things They Said (2016) as part of her arts residencies in Ballarat, Victoria. Her works have since been featured across various platforms such as The Courier, The Ballarat Miner and ABC Radio and News.

After nearly 10 years in Melbourne, Shermaine returned to Singapore to continue her work as an artist and choreographer. She staged a work-in-progress The Intimacy of Corners (2018) as part of the M1 Contact Festival in June. She also heads contemporary dance at Jitterbugs Swingapore, a musical theatre studio under the CSTD Jason Winters Contemporary Dance Syllabus. She has also cohesively worked as an associate choreographer for Singapore Repertory Theatre (The Little Company), for their re-staging of The Nightingale this year.

Shermaine is currently invested in the relationship between performer and viewer, particularly in understanding kinaesthetic empathy, which involves developing empathy through observing the movements of another. She is also playing with text and writing as a choreographic method for dance.

Shermaine is at Rimbun Dahan for three weeks as part of our Choreographers Residency. You can find out more about her works at her website.

Dancing in Place 2015

Dancing in Place 2015

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Dancing up a tree. On a sculpture. Underwater. Underground.
12 contemporary dance works in the tranquil tropical garden at Rimbun Dahan. Family friendly, FREE ENTRY for all!

Saturday 31 January
Sunday 1 February [same program on both days]

Rimbun Dahan
Km 27 Jalan Kuang
Selangor 48050. MAP

Photos below by our official photographers, Huneid Tyeb and James Quah. Click here for more photos of Dancing in Place 2015.

Mermaid meets monkey from classical myth, in the duet ‘Same Space’ by Shahrin Johry from Maya Dance Theatre [Singapore] and Phittaya Phaefuang [Thailand].

Colours lead you on a journey of rebirth, in ‘Dust to Dust’ with Rithaudin Abdul Kadir, Foo Chiwei and Pinar Sinka.

Three guys and three beds will always be a work-in-progress, in ‘Asing-Asing’ by Lee Ren Xin

Best friends forever and partners in crime, in ‘Then She Simply Disappears’, performed by Nurulakmal Abdul Wahid’s students from University Pendidikan Sultan Idris.

Joelle Jacinto dances through Jack Kek’s vision of a German city, in this excerpt ‘Strasse, Stadt’ from ‘A Wanderer in Berlin’.

The dancers of Batari Shakti let down their hair in a ritual purification with the sacred number ‘Seven’, with choreographer Alla Azura Abal Abas as their guide.

Mia Cabalfin and Rhosam Prudenciado Jr. from the Philippines welcome you to the Penang heritage house, with ‘Housewarming’.


A group of friends who might just be pretending to be dancers, choreographed by Leng Poh Gee.

What are we apart from names and numbers? Judimar Hernandez, Gan Chih Pei & James Kan explore ‘Existence.’

Indian classical dance stars Rathimalar Govindarajoo and January Low in their intimate duet ‘rehab’.

Selipar Dance Troupe turns every place into a stage, under the leadership of Loke Soh Kim.

Alisya Razman Adam and Chong Hoei Tzin combine youth and skill in the romantic solos from ‘Short Stories’, choreographed by Patrick Suzeau [USA]



++ Lim Sae Min takes everyone in a circle, hand-to-hand! [Saturday only]

Dancing in Place is a joint project of Rimbun Dahan and MyDance Alliance.

For more information, contact Bilqis Hijjas, Producer, +6017 310 3769 or

Please note that Dancing in Place is not a wheelchair-accessible event.

T.H.E. Dance Company

T.H.E. Dance Company from Singapore enjoyed a short residency at Rimbun Dahan in January 2012, rehearsing new works for premieres. During their residency, artistic director Kuik Swee Boon and T.H.E. Dancers conducted a workshop in the Dance Department at ASWARA, and generously included Malaysian dancers in their daily company class. Malaysian tai chee master Tangkok Lee was invited to teach occasional company class during the company’s residency.

Dance Film ‘I Want to Remember’

Dance Film ‘I Want to Remember’


Singaporean director Sherman Ong shot some of the material for his short dance film, I Want to Remember, at Rimbun Dahan in April 2011.

sherman2A man in an interrogation room remembers his time with his lover when the two countries were one. When the countries separated in 1965, his lover ended their relationship to follow her family. He remembers his carefree past with laughter and tenderness, disappointments and sadness, but never with regret.

I Want to Remember is a dance film premiering at the Singapore Arts Festival 2011, supported by Rimbun Dahan.
Dancers: Mohd Hanafi Bin Rosdi, Ng Xin Ying.
Actors: Dato Rahim Razali, Foo Fei Ling.
DOP: Lesly Leon Lee
Editor/Sound: Azharr Rudin
Music: John Chua
and Lena by Azmyl Yunor

With thanks to Yuni Hadi, Lim How Ngean, Marion D’Cruz, Bilqis Hijjas & ASWARA.

Dance Shorts III: I Want to Remember

28 May 6.45pm | 80mins (Post show dialogue after the screening)
4 June 6.45pm | 70 mins
Venue: Cinema Europa, Golden Village VivoCity, Singapore

Dancing in Place 2010

Dancing in Place 2010

dip3-8pm,7-8 August 2010
Entrance free
to the general public.

In the midst of a 14-acre indigenous Malaysian garden, and in the shade of contemporary and traditional architecture, 13 Malaysian and international choreographers presented a collection of site-specific contemporary dance works for Dancing in Place.

The 2010 theme for Dancing in Place was Cross-Pollination. It encouraged choreographers to consider how difference – working with artists from other disciplines, working with people from other cultures or abilities, or working in new environments – creates the potential for rich and vigorous hybridities.

Performers at Dancing in Place this year included Kristine Nilsen Oma (Norway), Elysa Wendi (Singapore), Donna Miranda (Philippines) and Scarlet Yu (Hong Kong), as well nine choreographers from Malaysia including Rathimalar Govindarajoo, Gan Chih Pei, Nurulakmal Abdul Wahid, Muhaini Ahmad, Leng Poh Gee, Fahmi Fadzil and January Low.


In front of 60 turns

‘In Spirit’, staged at Rimbun Dahan by choreographer Rathimalar Govindarajoo on the lawn in front of the art work ‘Sixty Turns.’


Time Item
3pm Arrival & introduction
3.15pm DSC_0365b_JPGThe Campus ThoughtChoreographed by Leng Poh Gee & Kathyn Tan Chai Chen
Performed by Lim Siew Ling, Lim Hooi Ming, Lim Shin Hui, Tan Shiao Por & Pan May Tzy
A work by LAPAR LabAt the same time we are doing this particular performance, a batch of new graduates of the dance degree from University of Malaya is celebrating their graduation. We sincerely dedicate this performance to those who are ready to embark upon their journey into professional dance society, and wish them luck.
3.30pm DSC_0392_jpg13 Knots to HomeCreated and performed by Scarlet Yu Mei Wah

Having left her home in Hong Kong ten years ago to live in Singapore, Scarlet Yu has moved from one room to another, one house to another, in a foreign land that has accepted her as an adopted child. In the past ten years, she has made exactly thirteen trips back home to Hong Kong, only to feel more and more distant from the place she once regarded as home.

3.45pm Dreams InterruptedChoreographed by Elysa Wendi (Singapore)
Performed by Ren Wei ChenInspired by the Kun Opera Peony Pavilion, choreographer Elysa Wendi
investigates the idea of intangibility and the power of dreams in our life. Dreams
interrupted is performed in a series of 5 short segments. Like a dream that happens over a number of days, the audience will slowly find out the full story at the end.
3.54pm DSC_0432_JPGIn SpiritChoreographed by Ramli Ibrahim, reworked by Rathimalar Govindarajoo
Performed by Michelle Chang, Revathi Tamilselvam, Sivagamavalli, Tan Mei Mei, Divya Nair, and Rathimalar Govindarajoo.An ode to women who celebrate the rhythm of life.
4.15pm KapayapaanChoreographed and performed by Wong Oi Min & Gan Chih Pei
Music by Razali bin Abd. RahimA piece about the celebration of life, conservation of nature and cultivation of compassion.
4.40pm DSC_0485_JPG DSC_0465_JPGSimilar

Choreographed by Nurulakmal Abdul Wahid
Performed by Ahmad Zaki B. Mu Salleh @ Musleh, Muhaini Ahmad & Nurulakmal Abdul Wahid

A man wears women’s clothing, but he is not a woman. No matter how much he imitates her lovely or sexy movements, he can only be similar. He is only an outline. She fills in the gaps.

4.55pm ChimeraCreated by Kim Kyungmi, Sasha Ratnam & Mathieu Castel
Performed by Kim Kyungmi
Music by Mathieu CastelIn the quirky circle of life, we begin as simple cells awakened by meeting each other. Moulded by genetics over which we have no control, we evolve and mutate through human socialisation, finally leaving nothing behind. No predictions, rules or even will can exist in this cycle of energy. The same clone but different mutants, we are born and fade away within this energy of evolution.
5.10pm Divide & ConquerChoreographed by Fahmi Fadzil
Performed by audience volunteersMalaysians love polls. Malaysians love being together. Let’s see if this “poll” performance can keep people together. Or not.
5.20pm Intermission
5.40pm SweetChoreographed & performed by January Low
Music by Reza Salleh
6.05pm AchilotCoordinated by Elaine Pedley
Assisted by Muhammad Syaffiq bin Hambali
Choreographed and performed by the young participants of the Rimbun Dahan Dance WorkshopThe workshop is based on basic movements pieced together by the kids through
games and exercises. The focus is on play, hence achilot, a Malay term for various children’s games.
6.30pm Biji IIChoreographed by Chai Vivan
Performed by Fione Chia Yan Wei, Caren Yap Chai Wen, Denny Donius, Chew Sie Theng, Sufi Asyraf b. Mohd Azman, Woo Yan Ten & Anna Lee See Wan.Something small springs into growth. From the seed comes life.
6.50pm Anything less is less than a reckless actChoreographed and performed by Donna Miranda
Dramaturgy by Angelo V. Suarez
Featuring (on video) PJ Rebullida & Marah ArcillaTo go to the theatre, to go shopping, to watch a dance performance or the latest Hollywood movie—any aesthetic experience is informed by a decision-making process. This entails a necessary foreclosure: to choose one experience means not experiencing another. With the use of two rooms that cannot be experienced by the audience simultaneously—one with a video featuring two dancers in a duet, another where Miranda talks about the video’s context—Anything less is less than a reckless act allows room for participation. This in turn exposes the futility of the concept of participation in theatre, a prohibitive system designed to distinguish performer from audience. To risk the audience’s subjectivity by giving them a measure of activity is to risk theatre itself.
7.40pm DSC_0549_JPG DSC_0584_JPGMarilyn Monroe’s last 20 minutes before committing suicide

Created and performed by Kristine Nilsen Oma
Video art by Kok Siew Wai

The work is an experiential exploration of the Buddhist concept that earthly desires can lead to enlightenment. The work is a response to meeting a whole new environment and culture, and a personal quest to understand both my own desires and how to make them come from a higher perspective. In the context of the Third World certain neuroses becomes ridiculous. Yet they were created as a response to the Western world I have lived in all my life. How do I cope in the Third World? How will my neuroses behave? Is there a control in this experiment?

This last item is not appropriate for children.

Artists in Dancing in Place 2010 observing the performances from their green room.

Artists in Dancing in Place 2010 observing the performances from their green room.