Welcome to My Crying Party is a Party/Workshop led by Asian artists for Asian artists.
After the success of January's Crying Party, RUMAH is back again for another party on 20th Feb 2021.
Held on Zoom, the party aims to hold up space for recovery, to cry and to give each other mutual support and inspire each other’s artistic practice.
*Please note that the work RUMAH does prioritises Asian diaspora communities. In this context, we define Asian as from South, South East, East, Central Asia and those of mixed-Asian heritage & non-British
★LEVEL UP 4.10-4.40pm★ (30mins)
Reclaim Your Confidence & Value - Break out of the cycle of self-doubt with Joelle Phua
Living in this society as artists and creatives, we’re always running around chasing the next best thing. We look to people’s opinions and approval to validate our work and ourselves. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to cultivate and re-centre on your own core values, not the world’s. Come with an open heart and ready to explore the endless possibilities when you’re confident in yourself.
Joelle Phua is a certified Life Coach & NLP Practitioner based in London, UK. She guides women & women of colour to embrace all of themselves so they can build restful, centred & grounded lives.
★LIVE DESKTOP STAGE 4.45pm-5.15pm★ (30mins)
FORTUNE online by Sean Wai Keung
FORTUNE online is a narrative performance weaving together topics including racism, history, joy, misidentification, and after-meal snacks. What started in 2019 as a live scratch performance at Anatomy Arts Night, Edinburgh, and then became a film at the online Fringe of Colour 2020, has once again shifted into something different. What has the past done to us? What does the future hold? Perhaps to find the answers, we first have to look★WELLBEING 5.20pm-5.50pm★ (30mins)
Sean Wai Keung is a performance and poetry maker based in Glasgow. He’s worked with organisations including the National Theatre of Scotland, Magnetic North, and BBC The Social, amongst others. He’s a Scottish Arts Club Stepping Stones Theatre Prize awardee, and his debut full-length poetry collection, “sikfan glaschu”, will be published by Verve Poetry Press in April 2021. Full credits can be found at seanwaikeung.carrd.co and he canbe followed on Twitter and Instagram at @SeanWaiKeung
Stitch your Own Zen Card with YiCrafts Sashiko, meaning ‘little stab’ is the Japanese art of stitching beautiful patterns using the running stitch. Often used to add strength, texture, and warmth to old garments, Sashiko has become synonymous with complex repeating patterns and precise stitching. Through this workshop, you will learn a short history of Sashiko, and start to stitch a simple Chinese character of Zen with Yiran. For this wellbeing segment, you'll get to enjoy the slow stitching movement and immersing yourself in mindful stitching. (Materials will be provided)
Yiran Duan is a member of southern China’s Bai minority ethnicity. She is interested in the conservation of ethnic minority craft techniques. She have built a broad experience of costume making, design, and supervision in performance through her university study. She is passionate about exploring communication between the East and the West and her practice includes combining embroidery and traditional elements from Chinese costumes with Western techniques to explore intercultural connections. Yiran founded YICRAFTS last year to offer people experiencing the Chinese ethnic minority’s traditional cultural crafts. She teaches different cultural handcrafts workshops all over London.
★BRAVE SPACE 5.55pm-6.30pm ★(30mins)
千紙 Thousand Papers by Ghost & John
Tell us your stories, hopes and dream. So then we can build the Senbazuru of ours.
For this first online version of 千紙 Thousand Papers, Let's get into a space of positivity, looking into our past trauma and also our coming futures. Derived from the concept of community sculpture building, movement practices and East Asian traditions. Ghost and John invite you to be part of this performance. Together, we write, sing, dance, celebrate and make origami...
Ghost and John are a Hong Kong multidisciplinary art duo who are best known for their innovative integration of performance and contemporary technologies. Drawing from their experiences of working within biology and computer science, they have developed a dynamic artistic practice that examines the intricacies of the body and nature, technological advances and folklore that accompany history. Their embrace of digital technology allows them to create extended choreographic experience beyond theatre and dance, and broadcast their arts to wider audiences. Working across video, installation and performance, they create unique spectator encounters from scientific to spiritual, and from historical to mythical. Through complex investigations of social, historical, and cultural differences across the globe, they constantly explore the post-colonial trauma of Hong Kong, the use of technology in democratic society and new forms of art presentation.
★ TICKETS @ PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN-AFFORD ( £2 / £4 / £6 ) ★
*Sign up with your home address by 17th Feb 2021 to receive the crying party kit + workshop materials.
**Available for participants based in Britain.
UPDATE 5th Feb 2021
RUMAH is glad to support the #kindredpacket fundraising campaign and have added a donation of £10 on our Crying Party ticketing platform.
100% of the proceeds will go to an organisation of our choice 'The Right Practice', who are currently supporting The Uyghur Community in the UK.
What a deal! £10 to party, get a party kit mailed to your doorstep and also contribute to a good cause.