Sourcing Within 内溯
Initiated by ANG Gey Pin, Sourcing Within 内溯 is a network of international performing artists and scholars comprises of extensive collaborations and theatrical work sessions of intercultural, inter-lingual and interdisciplinary levels. It is a practice-based, experiential-driven worksession for practitioners of performance and embodied practices. Intended as a platform to promote continuous research and practice, it has drawn world-wide attention from practitioners who sought on-going practice by unearthing their innate capacities through embodied practice, investigation, creating and performing innovative works.
Since the founding of Sourcing Within 内溯 in 2006, Taijiquan has been a main source of our workession. Taijiquan is an ancient Chinese bodymind discipline; potentially a vital reservoir within us. Based on Gey Pin’s long practice and research, the worksession intends to introduce to the participants the key principles and potentialities of this source technique within the creative process of an actor and dancer. Participants will be guided through a mode of embodied research, practice, playing and knowing through their spontaneous responses; naturally developing their awareness and integrating it into their physical/vocal presence as performers.
The practical sessions of investigation involve:
• Physical work that emphasises in the search of flow, intention, rootedness, aliveness, non-effort, clarity, details and intuitive contacts within oneself, with others and in the space.
• Voice work that centres on a care of the self via an active search, with constant sharpening of our hearings and intuitive responses, attuning to our deeper needs and associations.
• Individual performative work created in relation to the various elements learned in this worksession. The aim is for each to explore on how one can engage, flow and live within one’s vital life, in a liberating and nourishing way; and in turn, building this freedom onto a performative context.
ANG Gey Pin
Theatre practitioner / Pedagogue
In a seemingly paradoxical trajectory, Singapore artist Ang Gey Pin works away from home country while discovers the roots of her Chinese heritage.
Early on, Ang participated in Grotowski’s final Objective Drama session at the University of California-Irvine. Later in Singapore, she co-founded Theatre OX with research into Chinese performative elements and performances in unconventional spaces.
Ang was a member of the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards, Italy (1994 and 1998-2006), touring across Europe and Asia with its Project The Bridge: developing theatre arts. She performed lead roles in the Workcenter’s One breath left (UBU Special Award, Italy) and Dies Irae: My Preposterous Theatrum Interioris Show.
Ang teaches and performs internationally. Among the institutions are: Grotowski Institute (Poland), Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and LASALLE College of the Arts (Singapore), the University of Kent at Canterbury (United Kingdom), Wesleyan University, Yale University (United States) and University of Ottawa (Canada).
Some phases of her earlier works are featured in scholarly journals and books dedicated to intercultural theatre, including Lisa Wolford’s Grotowski’s Objective Drama Research (University Press of Mississippi, 1996), Paul Allain’s After Grotowski: The New Generation (New Theatre Quarterly 18.1, 2002), Cláudia Tatinge Nascimento’s Crossing Cultural Borders Through the Actor’s Work: Foreign Bodies of Knowledge (Routledge, 2008), The Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards’ Opere E Sentieri (Volume I, Bulzoni Editore, 2007).
Ang holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with distinction from the University of Hawaii-Manoa and is a recipient of theatre awards granted by the Singapore National Arts Council.
On a regular basis, Ang conducts Sourcing Within work sessions with interdisciplinary and intercultural performing artists and scholars. Works that she has created, performed and directed include: By the Way (2006), Winter Never Come Spring Already Arrived (2007), Feast of You Shen (2008-2009), Wandering.Birds (2011). Her latest work Wandering Sounds (2013-present) is a solo performance in collaboration (music/visual) with Nickolai D. Nickolov (Bulgaria/Italy).
She has recently gained her PhD in Drama by Practice-as-Research from the University of Kent, and has worked as an Associate Lecturer (2014-2016) at School of Arts, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK.
photo credit: Nickolai D. Nickolov