….. I mean, aside from not being the only one in the room/poetry night any more…..being part of AN ENTIRE POETRY COLLECTIVE OF THEM.
This year I was inducted into a crazy, amazing and what I think I can safely say is the ONLY ALL-WOMEN spoken word troupe in Singapore: THE SEKALIWAGS. And we have a show this Sunday, 6 April at 8PM-9PM at the Arts House.
Pronounced ‘suh’-‘kha’-‘lee’, they (we!) derive the name from the word ‘SEKALI’ [Malay word for ‘suddenly’] AND ‘WAGS’ [the English word for movement a thing makes when it goes from side to side…see also, tongues, tails. the dog].
SEKALIWAGS was set up in 2013 as part of the Lit-Up 2013, a Singapore spoken word and indie arts festival. Last year they performed a half-hour set as part of the festival headline show SHE WALKS LIKE A FREE COUNTRY (is this not the most amazing name for a show ever) in conjunction with spoken word poets from Kuala Lumpur (international poetry collaborations ftw) and consists of four amazing Singapore poets who are blazing a trail in the local spoken word scene:
- Nabilah Husna—sardonic feminist, honorary Londoner, co-founded Singapore’s funkiest poetry/open mic night Destination:INK
- Raksha Mahtani-–queer activist, forum theatre organizer, irreverent, mindblowing, first person to stage a play on a Melbourne tram
- Jennifer Ann Champion—improv comedian, artist, actress, educator, dynamic performer, breathtaking writer, started performing poetry in 2013
- Victoria Lim—2013 National Slam Champion, winner of the Golden Point Award for Poetry 2013, started performing poetry in 2013
So for the past months I have been writing and planning for this show called RUDE (SIOL!) my first show with them, its my first time part of a spoken word collective (in this life anyway) and its been a wild ride. The show will be part of the Arts House (former Old Parliament House) 10th Anniversary Celebrations, a weekend of free events. And yes it will be free. But come early to avoid disappointment.
HERE IS THE WEBSITE FOR THE EVENT: REMEMBER 8PM. SUNDAY. 6 APRIL.
AND YOU CAN LIKE OUR FACEBOOK PAGE HERE
and IN CASE you’re not convinced, here are some videos in just to show how awesome they are (here’s to hoping i don’t detract from the overall experience…)