‘Womyn Now’ A fem­i­nist per­for­mance.


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PER­FOR­MANCE artist Emily Phyo join forces with women per­form­ers for the ‘Womyn Now’ series on Oc­to­ber 27, Novem­ber 30 and De­cem­ber 29 at Turn­ing Ta­bles Myan­mar art com­pound, Yan­gon.

The first show, sched­uled on Oc­to­ber 27, will fea­ture ju­nior and se­nior Myan­mar artists Nge Lay, Emily Phyo, Yada­nar Win, The Mee Gee and Oo Thaw.

For the fol­low­ing shows, how­ever, the cast will change as some artists will not be able to at­tend.

“Though there are many art ex­hi­bi­tions and popular in­stal­la­tion arts works in Myan­mar, per­for­mance re­main rare,” said Emily Phyo. To ad­dress the is­sue, she gath­ered a team of women artists to host the ‘Womyn Now’, re­flect­ing on fem­i­nism and women in so­ci­ety.

“Peo­ple are not fa­mil­iar with this kind of art [per­for­mance] but once they see it, they can un­der­stand what is­sue it is about. For me, I feel per­for­mance is a free form of ex­pres­sion,” she added.

Emily Phyo is a per­for­mance artist and a tai­lor. Com­bin­ing both skills, she of­ten per­forms us­ing tai­lor­ing ac­ces­sories. For this com­ing event, she wants to paint ‘a Mon mother, wife and tai­lor who be­lieves con­cep­tual art leads to free­dom’.

Her team is well versed in per­for­mance arts with some hav­ing con­trib­uted to ‘My art­work speaks within di­a­logue about fem­i­nism, cen­sor­ship and po­lit­i­cal con­fu­sion of so­ci­ety to­day’ by Yada­nar Win and ‘ To love dif­fer­ent type arts and medium’ by Nge Lay.

All per­form­ers agreed to make fem­i­nism a cen­tral theme of their art.

As the or­gan­iser, Emily Phyo said she had to con­vince the se­nior artists over and over since Au­gust to have them join the team.

“When I started to tell them my idea for the show, they were happy to par­take and said most per­for­mance arts are hosted by for­eign­ers who want to pop­u­lar­ize this artis­tic medium in Myan­mar. It is rare to see such kind of shows by lo­cal women,” ex­plained Emily Phyo.

‘Womyn Now’ will only be en­joyed by 40 peo­ple due to the small space al­lo­cated. The or­ga­nizer in­vites art-go­ers to come early. She adds that she will look for a big­ger venue for next time.

The show will take place from 4pm to 5:10pm and will be fol­lowed by dis­cus­sions from 6pm to 8pm.

The venue is lo­cated at Turn­ing Ta­bles Myan­mar com­pound is No. 78, Thuda Thana street, Thu Min­galar Hous­ing Com­plex, Thin­gankyun town­ship, Yan­gon.

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