“Echoes of Soliloquy”
A collaboration between myself and Rachel Morais, a composer based in Australia, “Soliloquy: A Dance Film” was created in 2020 during the beginning of quarantine. We examined parallels to how the act of immersing ourselves into our art is like having an ongoing soliloquy: through our art making process, we’re trying to figure out who we are, what we want, to understand why we do what we do.
I think especially in light of the pandemic and our time during quarantine, a lot of us have been having our own soliloquies at home. We are alone most of the time, and in a way, we are forced to be honest with ourselves, because there are lesser distractions or escapes.
It can be hard, but it’s also part of the process to understand ourselves better and hopefully to realize where we want or need to go from here. After “Soliloquy: A Dance Film” premiered, we were interviewed by Sharmilla Ganesan (BFM radio) and Jack Kin Lim (CENDANA arts writing program about the film.
SinopsisIn 2021, the pandemic hasn’t ended, and I reflected the past year in relation to “Soliloquy”: about how much is still the same; yet in a way, so much has happened and how we are no longer the same. I edited the audio from the 2 interviews, picking up certain thoughts or feelings, and finding connections across the interviews and across time (between 2020 and 2021), and then created a short dance work titled “Echoes of Soliloquy” to this edited audio.
“What do we say to ourselves when we are alone? In a soliloquy, I am simultaneously the observed and the observer." A collaboration between SueKi Yee and Rachel Morais, “Soliloquy: A Dance Film” was created in 2020 during the quarantine due to the Corona pandemic.
We drew parallels from the act of immersing ourselves into our art to an ongoing soliloquy: through our art making process, we’re trying to figure out who we are, what we want, and why we do what we do. Especially in light of the pandemic and quarantine, we are alone most of the time.
In a way, we are forced to be honest with ourselves, because there are lesser distractions or escapes. It can be hard, but it’s also part of the process to understand ourselves better and hopefully realize where we want to or need to go from here
Yee Sue Ki was a soloist at ADC Malaysia (ASK Dance Company) from 2016-2019, and currently works independently as a dancer, choreographer, and instructor.
With a background in contemporary dance and ballet, she started learning various traditional folk and classical forms while pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Dance (Hons) at Aswara (the National Academy of Arts, Culture and Heritage) where she graduated from with First Class Honours in 2017.
She is interested in the versatility of dance, with a particular interest in cross-genre or multidisciplinary experimentation, as well as improvisation. Her recent works has been presented in Malaysia, Greece, Portugal, Mexico, and Netherlands.