‘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.