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 Melbourne.

A 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.

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.

Season 28 February 2020