Master of Arts in Contemporary Performance Practices,
Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education (PGDHE),
Nanyang Technological University,
National Institute of Education, Singapore
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance (Ballet Pedagogy),
School of Dance, University of Oklahoma, USA
Grace Leong, a multi-disciplinary artist and scholar, was trained as a dancer and later in contemporary performance practices. A post-colonial Chinese Malaysian who lives in Singapore, she is fascinated by issues of identity and multi-cultural art practices.
Her key projects focus on Southeast Asian themes, which include “Spirit of Kelantan”, a documentary launched on MediaCorp’s OKTO Channel in 2011 as well as “Ramayana In Its Forms”, “Transcend Sbek Thom” and “Encounter Hun Lakorn Lek”, which are public performances in 2011, 2012 and 2013, investigating collective memory and embodiment of the arts of traditional theatre. Her most recent research titled Building Intrinsic Motivation through Compassion, Collaboration and Contribution: The Role of Interdisciplinary Project (Puppetry) in the Arts Education was presented at Southeast Asian Arts Forum 2019.
Grace’s work “Allegory of Wayang Kulit” (2014), featured at the University of Royal Holloway Festival of New Works in London, won a place in the list of “Creative Responses to Modernity Competition”, hosted by the Centre for Modern Literature and Culture at King’s College. It was also commended by judges Lisa Appignanesi, Alison Duthie, Juliet Gardiner, Jeremy Harding, Michael Holroyd, Stephen Romer and Fiona Shaw, where the author was said to have demonstrated ‘confidence in handling uncertainty and for taking the themes of modernism somewhere refreshingly new’. Her recent works Macbeth in Nanyang Spirit and Duo Duo 3, the former was awarded a Special Prize by The Shakespeare Association of Mongolia, and latter, a sold out performance in Georgetown Festival 2017.
Grace has a wealth of professional experience working and collaborating with many performing companies as well as museums and art houses. Notable partners are Dance Horizon Troupe, Paper Monkey Theatre, MOCA Museum of Contemporary Arts Singapore, TCR Music Station Singapore, SHHKDT Singapore Hokkien Huay KUAN Dance Theatre and People's Association Talent Advisor Panel.
Photo credit: Piper Williams