Topography of Breath
Topography of Breath evinces a different mode of mastery over our bodies: sports culture, and the intense focus on endurance and productivity. Structured to resemble high intensity interval training, Pat Toh maps the corporeality of exhaustion on a kinetic terrain of muscularity and breath.
The body is a document of one’s life, the politics of its own being, its desires, conflicts and ideals. In Singapore where economic performance forms the national identity, the body becomes a form of human capital to be disciplined for constant growth. One’s physical endurance and prowess parallels the capitalistic society that demands faster, longer, stronger performance from its subjects; the measure of neoliberal resilience.
Pat Toh makes performances that unfolds at the intersection of theatre, dance and the live arts. Her practice looks within the body, into the construction, functionality and processes that occurs in search of other worldly characteristics outside of the normative cultural dynamic. Her works have been presented in cont.act Contemporary Dance Festival (Singapore), Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Liveworks Festival of Experimental Arts (Australia), CROSS Festival (Italy), Indonesia Dance Festival, NDA International Dance Festival (Korea), HDX Dance Exchange (Hong Kong), FMK International Dance Festival (Laos) and Machol Shalem Dance House’s Jerusalem (Israel). She is currently associate artist with Dance Nucleus (Singapore).
Choreography: Pat Toh in collaboration with Andy Lim
Performer: Pat Toh
Production Design: Andy Lim