[SEMINAR] Cultural Conundrums by Gloria Tan
Gloria Tan will present a lecture titled Cultural Conundrums where she will discuss her motivation behind moving from English Theatre to Malay Theatre - the defining factors and the lessons learnt. Gloria will also discuss her role in the growth and development of a separate art form and how she has managing to fuse the two to create interdisciplinary art.
GLORIA TAN picked up Bahasa Melayu "off the streets" during her teenage days, and chose to pursue Malay theatre under the tutelage of Noor Effendy Ibrahim while at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.
There, she fell even more deeply in love with the Malay language and performed her first malay theatre piece for Teater Ekamatra. Upon graduation, Gloria worked in Malay TV and Theatre, and won Life Theatre's best ensemble for "Bilik Ahmad". She moved on to exploring and working with Indonesians.
Gloria's teenage years were spent listening to Bikini Kill and NOFX and embracing delinquency which sometimes is reflected in her work. Gloria believes that theatre for youths should be for anyone and everyone from any background because theatre can change, shape and heal. Performing saved her, performing is life.
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