Yishun Is Burning


01.07 / 19:00


01.07 / 19:00




English, Mandarin, Malay with English and Polish subtitles


tickets: 40/25 PLN / Buy on ToBilet.pl
passes: 100/60 PLN / Buy on ToBilet.pl


Concept, Documentary and Direction – Choy Ka Fai
Dramaturgy – Tang Fu-Kuen
Spiritual Presence – Kali and Kuan Yin
Choreography and Dance Performance – Sun Phitthaya Phaefuang
Sound Design and Musical Performance – NADA (Rizman Putra & Safuan Johari) and Cheryl Ong
3D Visual Design and Technology – Brandon Tay
Light Design, Installation and Technical Direction – Ray Tseng
Visual Operator – Damjan Šporčić
Technical Direction Singapore Studio – ARTFACTORY
Tour and Stage Manager – Tammo Walter
Production Manager – Mara Nedelcu
Guest Dancer: Yantar 007, Sinoa Revlon, Diana Revlon, Mother Tsunami Tornado

Yishun is Burning is developed with the support of tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf and Singapore Art Museum. Additional support was received from the Nationales Performance Netz (NPN), Coproduction Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, Germany. The research process was supported by the National Arts Council, Singapore and Kunststiftung NRW, Germany.

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The piece uses a fog machine, laser light, strobe, and flashing lights. It includes images of a ritual with self-harming acts, which may have a disturbing effect on some viewers. There is a moment of complete darkness. Loud music as well as repetitive sounds are played.


CosmicWander is an on-going project by artist Choy Ka Fai exploring shamanic dance culture in Asia. In search of the supernatural dance experience, Choy Ka Fai had filmed extraordinary shamanic rituals and folk traditions that are still prevalent in our contemporary times, intersecting with the broader environmental, technological and political shifts in Asia. Started 2018, he first set out on an 18-month journey across Asia to meet more than 50 spirit mediums in Siberia, Taiwan, Vietnam, Singapore and Indonesia. Ka Fai returns with encounters on altered states of human consciousness and transforms these experiences on stage. He seeks to speculate on the alternative modes of knowing and living, as well as other realms of reality other than our own.

On a quest for religious ecstasy, the audience of Yishun is Burning dives into the notorious city of Yishun. This is Singapore’s dystopian suburbia, where hybrid spiritual acts are perpetrated: a suburbia of darkness, a kind of antithesis to the gleaming clean image Singapore cultivates. Singapore has traditionally been known as an authoritarian city state where society is ruled by control and where freedom of speech is non-essential. Yishun Is Burning is a multicultural voguing dance party that traverses the boundaries of gender, race, and religion, inspired by the Singaporean phenomenon of ritual reverence of deities in their struggle against evil. The performance stars Norwegian-Thai dancer Sun Phitthaya Phaefuang aka Aurora Sun Labeija, a rising star of the Southeast Asian voguing scene, whose dance is accompanied by a music performance coming from the Malay band NADA (Rizman Putra and Safuan Johari) from Singapore and Chinese drummer Cheryl Ong. Thirty years after the iconic New York documentary Paris Is Burning, this evening combines themes of a globalised world with old and new movement traditions and celebrates the search for (one’s own) spirituality in dance.


Guest dancers:

Diana Revlon, the Fem Queen of the Polish ballroom scene, member of The Iconic House of Revlon. As an active part of the community, Diana snatches trophies across Poland and internationally. She radiates sex and feminine energy—you can look, but you can’t touch. Coming out as a trans woman inspires her steps within the queer community—she actively comments on trans-related matters, speaks at panels, and her performances often touch on topics related to her trans experience. Her categories are sex siren, realness, face, and makeup.
Mother Tsunami Tornado is one of the most recognisable figures in the Polish Ballroom scene, the Drags Performance of Poland. Tsunami is the founding Mother of the Kiki House of Tornado. She’s based in Poznań, developing the culture and raising her ballroom children. Her main categories are Vogue Fem and European Runway. As an active community member, she’s been walking balls for many years in Poland and beyond. She’s worked with brands such as Vogue Poland, H&M, HBO, Converse and Netflix and has done shows all across Poland. She’s graduated AWF as a Dance in Culture major with the specialisation as a Dance Teacher.

Goethe Institut is the partner of the show at Malta Festival Poznań.