Margaret Leng Tan - photo by Pier Carthew

A work that sweeps across the senses!

For one night only, Chamber Made presents the world premiere of Dragon Ladies Don’t Weep as part of The SUBSTATION Asia TOPA program at Arts Centre MelbourneA work that sweeps across the senses, Dragon Ladies Don’t Weep is a sonic portrait of new music icon Margaret Leng Tan and an evocative exploration of memory, time, control and loss. 

Led by Chamber Made and created with Tan’s long-term collaborator, the renowned Brisbane-based composer Erik Griswold and Chamber Made Artistic Director Tamara Saulwick, Dragon Ladies Don’t Weep combines spoken and recorded text, projected images and original music for prepared piano, toy piano, toys and percussion. New York-based Singaporean Tan forged a path as a major force within the American avant-garde, serving as muse for such giants as John Cage and George Crumb

She is the world’s first concert toy pianist and her stellar career is a touchstone for the past 40 years of experimental music innovation. Saulwick explains that this collaboration unites music and performance in one conversation.

A retrospective collage created by an international team of Singaporean and Australian artists, Dragon Ladies Don’t Weep is an extraordinary cross-cultural collaboration where Chamber Made has united with remarkable artists that not only include Tan and Griswold, but also video designer Nick Roux, dramaturg Kok Heng Leun, lighting designer Andy Lim and trailblazing Singaporean costume designer Yuan Zhiying. Tan reflected that this will be her first fully-fledged foray into the realm of theatre. She usually performs in concert.

Prior to Dragon Ladies Don’t Weep there will be a 25 minute screening and performance of a new work by Japanese filmmaker Makino Takashi and Australian composer Lawrence EnglishFollowing the world premiere at Asia TOPA, Dragon Ladies Don’t Weep will be presented at Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay in Singapore in March 2020.

Dragon Ladies Don’t Weep is a new Chamber Made and CultureLink Singapore co-production featuring Margaret Leng Tan and presented as part of Asia TOPA in association with Arts Centre Melbourne and The SUBSTATION and co-commissioned by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay. It has been supported by: the Australian Government through the Department of Communication and the Arts, the Cultural Diplomacy Arts Fund and the Australia Council for the Arts; the National Arts Council, Singapore; The SUBSTATION; Playking Foundation; Asia TOPA; the Robert Salzer Foundation; and Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay. Asia TOPA is a joint initiative of the Sidney Myer Fund and Arts Centre Melbourne and is supported by the Australian and Victorian Governments.

Musician and performer Margaret Leng Tan 
Composer Erik Griswold 
Director Tamara Saulwick 
Dramaturg Kok Heng Leun 
Video artist Nick Roux 
Lighting designer Andy Lim 
Costume designer Yuan Zhiying

SEASON: 28 February 2020  
TIME: 7.30pm 
DURATION: 85 minutes 
LOCATION: Playhouse, Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
TICKETS $29 – $39 (plus transaction fee)


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