jee chan

since 2015, I have been developing a series of work based on my body’s relationship to various other bodies of water. the contexts within which these inquiries are located and the compulsions behind them are diverse — ranging from the sea crossing my maternal grandmother undertook as a refugee, to the implications of land reclamation in singapore, to the oral traditions of maritime southeast asia. these works shift fluidly across and between forms, spanning video, film, performance, photography, research and text.

circling is characterised by a temporary period of return to singapore.

on 18 november 2019, I traced an old shoreline. starting from dance nucleus’ studio at goodman arts centre, I walked to katong park, and then to the sea. the text and images featured here are documents from that process, out of which a performance, tanjong katong emerged.

from 28 march till 30 may 2020, I performed one walk from my home to the sea every day. upon arriving at the shoreline, I would take a photograph of the sea, then walk back home. this action is now documented here — circling – JEE CHAN (



jee chan is an artist, dancer and choreographer whose practices make visible that which is always already there (big and true, just beneath the surface). their work is often informed by a soft sensitivity to site as well as a sustained interrogation of (post-)colonial power. paying attention to how histories settle and sediment in the body, they navigate questions surrounding the displaced body and what it can perform. in regarding choreography as an expanded formal proposition, their work has manifested as public interventions, video installations, analogue noise concerts, sculptures, workshops, lengthy conversations, curated spaces, shared meals, photographic series, published texts as well as staged performances. born in singapore, they are currently based in berlin.

their work has been performed and presented at dance nucleus, singapore; uferstudios, berlin; savvy contemporary, berlin; studio plesungan, surakarta; swg3, glasgow; carico massimo, livorno; and liveworks festival of experimental art, gadigal / sydney. they hold a ba (hons) in contemporary performance practice from the royal conservatoire of scotland, where they were an rcs undergraduate scholar. they have also studied beijing opera at the shanghai theatre academy on a shanghai municipal government scholarship, and dance / context / choreography at the hzt berlin on an erasmus study grant.