Dragon Ladies Don’t Weep: OzAsia


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Photo: Pia Johnson

We are so thrilled that Dragon Ladies Don’t Weep will be presented at OzAsia Festival Friday 28 – Saturday 29 October at the Dunstan Playhouse.

It will be wonderful to have Margaret Leng Tan back in Australia to perform this work that combines spoken and recorded text, projected images and original music for prepared piano, toy piano, toys and percussion by Tan’s long-term collaborator Erik Griswold. The rest of the creative team includes director Tamara Saulwick, video designer Nick Roux, and dramaturg Kok Heng Leun.

The world premiere season was presented in February 2020 as part of Asia TOPA at Arts Centre Melbourne and the work was awarded Work of the Year (Dramatic) in the APRA AMCOS Art Music Awards. Dragon Ladies Don’t Weep was also presented in 2021 at Esplanade Theatres on the Bay, Singapore.

Reviews from OzAsia season:

★★★★★ ‘a meticulous, pitch-perfect, and stunningly moving piece of work.’ GLAM ADELAIDE

‘It is a performance which epitomises the concept of an OzAsia festival, innovative, challenging and absorbing.’ 5MBS

‘A sensational evening of avant garde music.’ BROADWAY WORLD

OzAsia Festival, established in 2007, is an initiative of the Adelaide Festival Centre and is Australia’s leading contemporary arts festival engaging with Asia. The current Artistic Director (2020-2023) is Annette Shun Wah. The festival runs for 3 weeks from 20 October to 6 November 2022 and it is well worth checking out the whole program.

Dragon Ladies Don’t Weep is a Chamber Made and CultureLink Singapore co-production and is co-commissioned by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay. This activity received grant funding from the Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and is supported by Creative Victoria, Australia Council for the Arts, National Arts Council (Singapore), The SUBSTATION, Playking Foundation, Asia TOPA, Sidney Myer Fund and the Robert Salzer Foundation.