Asian Performing Artists Lab

Asian Performing Artists Lab

Alvin Collantes (The Philippines) is a queer Filipino-Canadian dance artist, drag performer, certified Gaga teacher & jungian life coach based in Berlin, DE. His artistic work and pedagogical practice explores transcendental experiences of liberating the body through expressions, visceral states of sensations, poetic displays of sensitivity and touching emotional landscapes of the unknown. His work ‘Dose of Pleasure’ has been featured in DW news, tipBerlin, iheartBerlin, Umbigo Magazine, Kaltblut Magazine. He is currently (2022) featured in Adam Munning’s latest film “OASIS” featured by Calvin Klein & Dazed Magazine’s queer lens featuring the stories of queer chosen families in the Berlin underground club culture scene.

He participated in APAL@AmnAsia (5th Edition) and worked with Jun Suzuki as a team.

Photo: Olivia Kwok

Avrina Prabala-Joslin (India) is a queer south-Indian writer, who works with spoken-word, storytelling and other forms of narrative practices rooted in the body. She uses storytelling to remember and reclaim, and often thinks about the many narratives that have fallen victim to erasure. A related project is "Asking the Archives", that she’s currently undertaking with a small team of writers at the Literaturhaus Berlin. She's lived in different cities in India, England, Romania, Italy and Germany. Traces of these lives can be seen in her work. Her short story "The Plumage" was shortlisted for the Berlin Writing Prize 2019 and she is a runner-up for the Radical Art Review Creative Writing Contest 2021. Besides writing, she studies feminist cultural memory and Black British identity for her PhD and teaches at the University of Leipzig. (avrinajos.net/)

She participated in APAL@AmnAsia (2nd Edition).

Photo: Jakob Leitenmeier

Aroh Akunth (India) is a Dalit-Queer interdisciplinary artist currently based between Göttingen and Delhi. They hold a Bachelor’s in Social Sciences and are currently pursuing their Master’s in Modern Indian Studies. They are also the founder of Dalit Art Archive and Dalit Queer Project initiatives that center the narratives of their communities. As an artist, they are interested in exploring caste and queerness as worlds through their experiments with words, sound, visuals, and performance. (www.dalitarchives.com)

They participated in APAL@AmnAsia (5th Edition).

Photo: Olivia Kwok

Haesoo Jung / 정혜수 (South Korea) is a sound artist and designer. She started out as a theatre technician and in 2010, she and her colleagues created their own theatre company, Cheongnyeondan. Since 2013, she began making sounds for dance performances, musicals, installations and for films. She is currently enrolled in the Masters course for Sound Studies and Sonic Arts in Universität der Künste Berlin and creates projects by investigating her personal narrative. (junghaesoo.com)

She participated in APAL@AmnAsia (3rd Edition).

Photo: Hyewon Suk

Harshini J. Karunaratne (Sri Lanka-Peru) is a digital artist and projection designer. Born and raised in Sri Lanka, Harshini went on to study at New York University Abu Dhabi where she graduated with honors in Film & New Media and Theatre in 2018. She is currently (2022) completing a Masters in New Media Design in Berlin. Harshini is passionate about the intersection of moving images and performance. In her work, she explores themes relating to climate change, gender, the body, and afterlife. Harshini has had her work shown in Germany, Peru, Italy, Japan, United Arab Emirates, Greece, as well as at FILE Festival in Brazil and at Burning Man in the US. Harshini regards research, collaboration, and performance as central to her arts practice. (https://harshinijk.com)

She participated in APAL@AmnAsia (5th Edition).

Photo: Olivia Kwok

Hoa Yun Chung / 정화연 (South Korea) is a Berlin-based artist, who works with objects, drawing, performance, video, sound and text. She studied literature and visual arts in South Korea, and is currently (2022) a student of MA Raumstrategien in Kunsthochschule Weißensee. She uses metaphors to connect various media, as a way of targeting the power structure without repeating the existing violence. She is also interested in the structure of theater and the concept of “Performative”, using objects as non-human performers to perform in video and transforming the performance in public space into online performance, by using the structure of theater and sound guides to connect online and offline. (yunichung.com)

She participated in APAL@AmnAsia (4th Edition).

Photo: Sungmi Kim

Hoyoung Im (South Korea) is a performer, choreographer, contemporary dance instructor, composer, sound designer and visual artist based in Berlin. He studied cinema & theatre, BA of Art in Seoul. He is a member of theatre company, Elephant Manbo and an art director of art project group, UmZikßi. He has worked with the National Theater Company of Korea and won the award from KUFF as a Best Actor in 2013. As a musician and sound designer, he has worked with choreographer Erol Alexandrov, theatre director Anastasija Bräuniger and theatre company Elephant Manbo. He also creates choreographic works and organises improvisation workshops.

He participated in APAL@AmnAsia (1st Edition) and worked with So Young Kim as a team.

Photo: Kangmool Lee

JongSung Myung / 명종성 (South Korea) is a Berlin-based performance artist, actor, musician. He studied music theatre and classical vocal at the HfM Saarbrücken and music therapy in Berlin. He also works as a music therapist. As a choir singer he has been part of several projects and education programs at the Berliner Philharmoniker. He is a member of the Political Voice Insititute (PVI) which was founded at Gorki Theater under the direction of Marta Górnicka in autumn 2019. His first movie role was in "EX", a movie directed by George Markakis, which premiered at Berlinale 2020. As a performer, he is part of Doris Uhlich’s performance Habitat, shown in Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Basel and München. In 2021 he took part in Marta Górnickas production "Still life: The chorus for animals, people and all other lives”.

He participated in APAL@AmnAsia (4th Edition).

Photo: Esra Rotthoff

Jun Suzuki / 鈴木純 (Japan-France) is a sound artist and former opera singer. His recent work with immersive sound installation balances tongue-in-cheek and sinister meditations on human responsibility in environmental downfall. He regularly attends art residencies throughout Europe where he focuses on different frameworks to experience sound : from ambient in-situ soundwalks (Gamli Skoli, Iceland, 2018) and immersive tactile installations (Patyolat, Budapest, 2019) to looping tape recorders acousmonium (LiTE-HAUS, Berlin, 2020), Jun’s work is experimental and transversal. His latest collaboration with Alvin Collantes is an attempt at merging both fields of expression (movement and sound) to further pursue this on-going exploration of transversality between genres and arts.

He participated in APAL@AmnAsia (5th Edition) and worked with Alvin Collantes as a team.

Photo: Olivia Kwok

Kumar Muniandy (United Kingdom) is an Indian-Malaysian actor. He graduated from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama (London) in 2008. His autobiographical documentary "Sunny Boy" is a reflection on masculinity, sexuality, race, Tamil culture, faith and most importantly how all these multiple identities intersect. The film premiered in New York in 2019 and has since been screened in Chennai, Berlin, Amsterdam, Vienna, Punjab and Oakland. He is currently (2021) working on an adaptation of “Sunny Boy” for the stage.

He participated in APAL@AmnAsia (1st Edition).

Photo: Tim Groen

Indrani Ashe / ইন্দ্রাণী (USA) is an interdisciplinary artist whose work respond to a world in which transnational histories and hybrid identities have been strategically marginalized and erased, where profit-based algorithms continue the work of colonialism and imperialism, and perception becomes reality. Wresting the narrative from these hegemonical structures, she creates necessary mythologies at the interplay between image, text, and performance: an intersectional feminist shadow archive which regenerates a damaged past and creates potential realities for the future. Ashe’s mythologies operate to recover an identity that has been erased and displaced by racism, misogyny, and the intergenerational traumas of colonialism and migration. While speaking to the experience of the body as a political vessel her practice employs collective storytelling as the ultimate strategy for survival, rebellion, and futurity. (indraniashe.com)

She participated in APAL@AmnAsia (1st Edition).

Maharu Maeno / 前野真榛 (Japan) is a visual artist and performer. She learned Japanese style socially engaged art, which engages deeply with contemporary society, evolving in relation to the social conditions of a particular time and space. These days, she works mostly with non-humans. She joined the collective "Mapped to the Closest Address" in 2018. She is currently (2022) a student at MA Raumstrategien in Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin. She holds a Bachelor from Tokyo University of the Arts. (mappedtotheclosestaddress.com)

She participated in APAL@AmnAsia (4th Edition) and worked with Shuntaro Yoshida as a team.

Photo: Da Pippo

Melanie Sien Min Lyn (Austria) works with video, audio and performance to investigate how bodies and boundaries, identity and ideology exist within neoliberalism. A recurring theme in her work is the individualisation and cooptation of resistance and empowerment practices. She sees her work as an often humorous intervention in serious business and explores trash aesthetic, poor images and DIY culture as forms of submission but also subversion. In theatre, she has worked with Simone Dede Ayivi, Emre Akal and most recently Manufaktor. With Kollektiv KINOKAS, she has been working on an experimental feminist documentary on reproductive justice. As part of the cyperpunk zine and research group, aaronhasacar, she has created zines and digital interventions. In 2020 she studied art and digital media under Constanze Ruhm at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna.

She participated in APAL@AmnAsia (1st Edition).

Michiyasu Furutani (Japan) is a choreographer, performer, and dancer whose work and expression grow from Butoh technique and practice. In the process of continual research, he has developed his vocabulary of movement to encompass improvisation and a variety of modern and classical dance techniques forming necessity, possibility, and contingency. Furutani frequently collaborates with diverse art disciplines to broaden the communicational passage and constantly investigates unforeseen modes of expression and movement. His interest is how bodies and objects are adapted to gravity and arrange these matters to destabilize places, supported by physical movements with scientific research. (7y2.net)

He participated in APAL@AmnAsia (2nd Edition).

Photo: Evgenia Chetvertkova

Manwinder Dhanjal (Germany), aka Monty(liciouz) or MarginTonic, works as a freelance trainer with a special focus on Antiracism, Empowerment, Critical Queer Theory, (Post-)Colonialism, Awareness and Intersectionalities. Having learned Kathak in early years, they combined this bodily artform with the art of Make-up and Performance Drag to show their personal intersection of western and southasian cultural as well as the deceiving nature of gender. They studied and completed Medicine in Magdeburg and Leipzig in 2020. Currently (2022) they are completing their Double Bachelor in Cultural Sciences and Anthropology as well as writing a medical PhD. Monty is part of the podcast collective "Kaleidoscope - Between me and us" (@kaleidoscope_podcast) and organised the political body and movement festival "Cuerpas Politiques" for 2022.

They participated in APAL@AmnAsia (5th Edition).

Photo: Olivia Kwok

Mudassir Sheikh / مدثر شیخ (Pakistan) is an audio-visual artist and musician. He has experience working in film, radio, and music projects, both as a collaborator and as an artist. Currently (2022), he is enrolled as an MFA student of Media, Art, and Design at Bauhaus Universität. He is interested in using time-based mediums to explore the topics of cultural hybridity, intergenerational trauma, and healing. In his current research, he explores ghostliness in natural and urban settings, and traces the overlap of the sacred with the ordinary, and of the personal with the collective. He has a curiosity for mixing experimental forms like video and sound art, with more popular forms like music videos and songwriting. (catmanmu.bandcamp.com/album/stray-legs)

He participated in APAL@AmnAsia (4th Edition).

Photo: Onur Ünal

Nine Yamamoto-Masson (Japan-Frankreich) ist eine praktizierende Theoretikerin, Forscherin, Übersetzerin und Community-Organisatorin. In ihrer Arbeit untersucht und mobilisiert sie historische Erinnerung, Ideologie, Widerstand und Gegenerzählungen am Ort ihrer Begegnung mit der Kunst und erörtert radikale kreative Vorstellungskraft als kritisches Forum und Methode des Widerstands für soziale Gleichheit und Gerechtigkeit. Unter Verwendung eines dekolonialen intersektionalen feministischen Rahmens untersucht sie Konfigurationen von Macht, Vorurteilen, Gewalt und Repräsentation im Alltag und analysiert die Nekro-Geopolitik, in die unsere Körper und unsere Existenz verstrickt sind. In Berlin arbeitet sie mit selbstorganisierten migrantischen Basisgruppen, die gegen Rassismus, Faschismus und geschlechtsspezifische Diskriminierung kämpfen. (nineyamamotomasson.com)

She participated in APAL@AmnAsia (2nd Edition).

Foto: Nine Yamamoto-Masson

Patty Kim Hamilton (Ireland) is a playwright, dramaturg and performance choreographer with parts of her heart in Berlin, New York, and the Bay. She is currently (2020) in her masters in Playwriting at the University of the Arts Berlin (UdK), and received her Bachelors in Theater and Performance Studies with Honors from Stanford University. She has worked with and at Playwrights Horizons, Crowded Fire, HAU, the English Theater Berlin, Ars Nova and Gob Squad. She also does solo performance at JUICY, PAREIDOLIE, THE OTHER LAB, KAKE, and worthless studios. In 2018 she produced and choreographed her immersive performance installation the crane wives at SOMOS Art House. In 2019 she was the Playwright-in-Residence at the Shakespeare Academy, where she developed her play Peeling Oranges and taught playwriting workshops. Her writing has been heard at MSG & Friends, the Volksbühne Roter Salon and Deutsches Theater. She is the recipient of the Sherifa Omade Edoga Prize for Work Addressing Social Issues and her play “when it hurts // this body is just a house” is a semi-finalist for the 2020 Eugene O’Neill Playwriting Conference. Her play "Peeling Oranges" received a special mention at the Autorentheatertagen 2021 of Deutsches Theater Berlin. Through her writing, which exists at the intersection of the intimate and the political, she works towards communal healing, voice giving, and community building. (pattykimhamilton.com)

She participated in APAL@AmnAsia (1st Edition).

Photo: Max Zerrahn

Po-Fu Wu / 吳柏甫 (Taiwan) is a performer and educator. Graduated from National Taipei University of Arts, Departments of Theatre, M.F.A. He has worked extensively with a wide range of directors and groups, including Edward Lam, Max Schumacher and Liu Liang Yen, among others. From 2019 he started working between Taiwan and Germany. He sees himself as a storyteller who cares and dares, who embraces uncertainties and refuses one solid answer, who creates connections among chaos in order to respond and who is rarely satisfied but can get along with his own confusion. (pofuwu.com)

He participated in APAL@AmnAsia (3rd Edition).

Foto: Sin-Che Lee

Sailesh Naidu (USA) is a poet, filmmaker, and researcher based in Berlin, Germany. Their work explores the relationship between the deeply personal and the deeply connected through ritual, communal expression and storytelling. A former German Chancellor’s Fellow, many of their projects have been featured in the NYTimes, GAL-DEM, The Hindu, Die Zeit and PBS NewsHour, among others. In 2022, their debut short film, Hundfreund’, premiered at the British Film Institute Flare Festival. (saileshnaidu.com)

They participated in APAL@AmnAsia (4th Edition).

Photo: Malcolm Louis Reiss

Senja Katharina Brütting (Germany) studied choreography, dance pedagogy and performance at the Tanzzentrale in Leipzig and is the lead singer of the band MOOGA, as well as founder and performer of the BiPoC performance collective j.a.s.. As a young artist in Leipzig, Senja creates fusions of spoken word, song, contemporary dance and dance theater from an intersectional perspective. Senja's multidisciplinary art is influenced by the many years of activism against racism, processes of somatic healing through embodiment and movement, and the creative play with utopias for a just society. A focus of Senja's artistic work is the deconstruction of norm, as well as the decolonization of dance and body on stage.

Senja participated in APAL@AmnAsia (5th Edition).

Photo: Olivia Kwok

Sisu Satrawaha / ม่อน ศิศุ สาตราวาหะ (Thailand) is a filmmaker, currently studying in the MFA program, Public Art and New Artistic Strategies at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. She has experience working with award winning feature films, TV series, commercials, and music videos for both local and international projects. In 2018, she studied in the film curating department at Elias Querejeta Zine Eskola, Spain. There she has developed her creative sense and started to experiment more with curatorial and artistic work, text and visual, time and (physical/non physical) space. She uses her researched-based multi-disciplinary artistic practice as a tool for learning more about society, especially in anthropology, intercultural relations, and contemporary culture.

She participated in APAL@AmnAsia (3rd Edition).

Photo: Kong Pahurak

Shen Sum-Sum (Taiwan) is a sound-designer and recordist based in Berlin. She works on film productions and occasionally extends her practices into the field of sound installation and performances. Her sound designing works were selected in international film festivals in places such as Taiwan, Brazil, and was also shown in Berlinale 2018 and 2019. (sumsumshen.com)

She participated in APAL@AmnAsia (2nd Edition) and worked with Wang Ping-Hsiang and Tien Yi-Wei as a team.

Shuntaro Yoshida / 吉田駿太朗 (Japan) is a dancer, choreographer, and researcher of contemporary dance and performance. He conducts practice-based research on dance in areas such as participatory choreographic practice and other-species practice, which involves sites, ecosystems, and nonhuman subjects. Since 2018, he has worked in an interspecies dance collective “Mapped to the Closest Address”. He is currently (2022) Visiting Scholar at Universität der Künste Berlin and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Waseda University. He has a PhD. from Tokyo University of the Arts. (mappedtotheclosestaddress.com)

He participated in APAL@AmnAsia (4th Edition) and worked with Maharu Maeno as a team.

Photo: Maharu Maeno

So Young Kim (South Korea) is a theatre director, writer, dramaturg, performer and activist. She is a member of theatre company Elephant Manbo in her motherland South Korea, and artistic director of Die Suum. She has also worked as dance dramaturg, supported by Tanzbüro, Berlin. Her core of artistic theme embarks from chain of violence. Through theatrical questions, she depicts how the act of single violence can move around and ascend via person, generation, environment and social group of classification.

She participated in APAL@AmnAsia (1st Edition) and worked with Hoyoung Im as a team.

Susheela Mahendran / சுசீலா மகேந்திரன் (Germany) is an Eelam Tamil German filmmaker, painter, poet, researcher and a freelance journalist. Susheela's art work deals with themes of violence and intergenerational trauma. She is working on experiences of the Eelam Tamil diaspora, especially in the context of migration, flight and war. Susheela is also researching on issues such as labour conditions, caste-class society, as well as amateur film archives and home movies. Her films are related to concepts of memory and family and have been presented on different platforms, film festivals and exhibitions.

She participated in APAL@AmnAsia (3rd Edition).

Photo: Susheela Mahendran

Thủy-Tiên Nguyễn (Germany) is a queer Viet-German. She is an activist, physical theatre artist, choreographer, dance theatre pedagogue and political educator who works in performing arts, in cultural and political education, in youth work and community work. She has participated in several plays as a theatre actress and performer and is experimenting with different performative elements such as movements, sound, spoken language, music, visuals, acting. In her work she particularly deals with the topics anti-racism, anti-Asian racism, queermisia and classism. Also, she offers (dance) theatre workshops on anti-racism and empowerment, gives lectures and workshops on anti-Asian racism for universities and organizations, as well as works in a consulting collective, giving advice on media content on sensitivity of discrimination and intersectionality.

She participated in APAL@AmnAsia (2nd Edition).

Photo: Thủy-Tiên Nguyễn

Thu Hoài Trần (Germany) is a theatre director and social justice facilitator, who works at the interface between art, politics and activism. Hoài writes and publishes articles on the necessity of decolonizing theatre. They are part of bildungsLabs*, an association of migrant cultural educators and academics of color, and board member of "TakeOver", an association for intersectional campaigning. Hoài co-directed and developed the feminist performance HALT about intersectional solidarity with an ensemble of Black women and women of color at Berliner Ringtheater, which premiered in June 2021. As co-founder of the Institute for Affirmative Sabotage, Hoài co-directed "A Reminder that We Are Many" at the Staatstheater Nuremberg in the 2020/2021 season, with the aim of performatively sabotaging existing thresholds and exclusions of the Nuremberg State Theatre. (affirmativesabotage.org)

She participated in APAL@AmnAsia (3rd Edition).

Photo: Laura Maren Knauf

Tien Yi-Wei (Taiwan) is a performance-based artist who is currently based in Berlin and Taipei. In addition to performance work, she also participates in theatrical performances, theatrical body guidance, film and video dance performances and choreography. During her stay in Europe, after working and meeting different artists and performers, she began to pay attention to the synthetic relationship between body and visual art and transformed into her own language in different forms of performance.

She participated in APAL@AmnAsia (2nd Edition) and worked with Wang Ping-Hsiang and Shen Sum-Sum as a team.

Wang Ping-Hsiang (Taiwan) is a director, performer, and dramaturg. He studied directing at the Taipei National University of the Arts, where he graduated in 2013. In recent years, he has worked with several international theatre companies, including Agrupación Señor Serrano, Rimini Protokoll, ArtKB 48 and cmd+c company. Ping-Hsiang’s signature aesthetic is honed on the transference of normal daily landscapes into fantastic digital realities. He views theatre as a perceptual vehicle for enabling new means of communication, and combines multiple performative elements using text, spoken language, sound, movement, live streaming video, objects, and scenography. His work posits narrative as a full sensory experience. (ping-hsiang.com)

He participated in APAL@AmnAsia (2nd Edition) and worked with Shen Sum-Sum and Tien Yi-Wei as a team.

Wu Ting-Chia / 吳挺嘉 (Taiwan) is a visual artist, filmmaker and researcher. He was trained as a painter in National Taiwan University of Arts, then studied contemporary art at École supérieure d’art de Rouen and art theory at University of Paris VIII, where he did researches on aspects of symbiosis of Society and Nature, exploring new images of the planet earth, able to replace our anthropocentric vision of the world. His work revolves around the moving image, lecture-performance, installations, looking for alternative narratives, offering new perspectives on the challenges of postmodern society. He has participated in art exhibitions such as the International Festival Coral Island, Okinawa, Japan. His works have been included in numerous group exhibitions and events in Germany, France and Taiwan. (makesomeessaies.wordpress.com)

He participated in APAL@AmnAsia (5th Edition).

Photo: Olivia Kwok