I attended the best spoken word performance on Sunday. Mass Hysteria Relapsed featured storytellers/poets/performers Ad Maulod, Germaine Yeo, Marylyn Tan, Raksha Mahtani, Sage Lee, Stephanie Chan, and Vanessa Victoria, accompanied by musician, Illi Syaznie. Mass Hysteria Relapsed was staged as part of 2014 IndigNation, a month-long Pride celebration that features plenaries and picnics and performances.
As I said: best. What better way to spend an afternoon than listening to the voices of creative, queer, feminist women? And while all the performances were, in nearly equal measure, droll and tragic, I found three pieces to be outstanding: “Butch/Femme/What,” “Bisexuals: The Care and Feeding Of,” and “You Are Six Years Old.”
I was also most taken by Stephanie “Dogfoot” Chan’s performances. She has incredible stage presence.
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If you missed Mass Hysteria Relapsed, fret not.
Stephanie, Marylyn, Raksha, Vanessa Victoria, and Illi Syaznie will be reading/performing at A Minor Contradiction, a night of performances by some of Singapore’s most dynamic emerging LGBTQ+ voices, on August 30 (8pm, FREE) at The Reading Room Gallery.
You can also catch Stephanie and Raksha perform as part of Sekaliwags, Singapore’s only all-women spoken word troupe, during Lit Up Fest 2014, where they will be joined by Nabilah Husna and Victoria Lim. Sekaliwags’ production, XPOWERMENT!, will be staged on September 27 (5pm, SG$12) and September 28 (7:30pm, SG$25) at Aliwal Arts Centre Hall. Tickets are available here.
(Additional credits: Photographs by Kirsten Han.)