Held on 18–19 February 2023


To capture and archive the rich content and the wonderful conversations we had at the GERAK Symposium, several of our NUS Ilsa Tari members have documented the sessions in the articles below.

In addition to capturing the conversations, our Ilsa Tari members also shared how they relate to the conversations, presentations and workshops as Malay dance students.

Not Just a Hobby – How Malay Dance Evolved Over The Years

Placing Malay dance within the context of social, economic and political developments in Singaporean society, and what it means for Malay dance practitioners.

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Geraklah! – How Malay Dance Veterans Arrive to Where They Are At Today

We all have different starting points, but we keep moving forward – Two generations of artists; one conversation on Malay dance in Singapore over the last 50 years.

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“What does Malay Dance Mean To Me?” – Questions and Concerns of Malay Dance Practitioners Today

The creation of dance is a representation of self. How do Malay individuals grapple with questions on identity and culture, within their dance practice.

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Our Love for Malay Dance – Beyond the School Setting

Can we still dance upon graduating school? What can we do to expose others to Malay dance? How can we contribute to the Malay dance scene?

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The Importance of Research In and On Malay Dance

How can dance research complement the development of Malay dance, and widen perspectives on the issues within the society – for both practitioners and audiences.

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The Weight of A Dance Production – In The Making of ‘Pengabdian Batin’

3 weeks before the staging of ‘Pengabdian Batin’, the NUS Ilsa Tari EXCO brought us through the intentions and hopes of the dance production.

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Beyond the Arts – Dance Outside the Art World

In a roundtable discussion, health professionals and dance practitioners came together to discuss how dance can contribute to other sectors beyond the artistic scene.

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Malay Dance – An Intervention

Explore the possibilities of Malay dance and psychotherapy; through the strategies, insights and observations shared by the team behind the Wisma Geylang Serai Project.

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Therapeutic Arts – Healing Minds, Mending Bodies

How do we implement movement practices that are more therapeutic and supportive for the bodies, so that it will also be beneficial for performers?

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Let’s Get Moving – Therapeutic Potential of Malay Dance

Adopting Malay dance vocabularies into physical therapy, and exploring various collaborative approaches as they unfold through two movement strategies workshops.

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