Redefining Movement

breathing the movement of space
breathing the movement of space

223/24 Season
Breathing - The movement of space

Much like breathing, we are often unconscious of how central our sense of space is to our everyday experiences, as we form habitual ways of relating ourselves to our surroundings. In neglecting or overlooking our own spatial awareness, we may not realise how our spaces can be shaped for ideological ends to structure our lives. Yet this does not mean that we are completely bound and controlled by them. Given the urban and cosmopolitan settings we live in, our experience of multiple interpersonal, institutional, and industrial forces that frame and limit our movements can leave us with a sense of unease, calling for greater awareness and attention to our presence.

Most of us find ourselves in difficult situations daily, and even more so in these unprecedented times. Yet it is precisely in these moments of stress where we can use our breathing to ventilate the constricted flow of our encounters. Applying mindfulness of our breath can reframe our accumulated tensions to more manageable portions instead, disciplining our realities in the process. However, rather than forcing ourselves to follow set routines and regiments, this discipline of the breath best serves us in recognising and accepting how our present reality is in flux. Fundamentally, appreciating our respiratory behaviour calls for composure: attending to our impulses in the way we act, believe and think, allowing us to reconstruct our movements in the spaces of our lives.

Upcoming Shows



We live in a time of unprecedented technological development. From ancient stone tools all the way to the computers that we use to work and live, we have always possessed the innate desire to progress and advance. We’ve come far enough that we’ve begun to trust in our computers in ways that we wouldn’t trust another human being.

As we further develop these systems, could we one day ask the machine to interpret our dreams? Can we see ourselves in the machines we use? Can we ground ourselves in the ‘now’ to catch a glimpse of possible futures?

Glitch examines & meditates on man’s relationship with the machines we live with.

Wu Jun Han (Singapore)

Dr Nidya Shanthini Manokara

Movement Collaborator
Ricky Sim

Matthew Goh
Natasha Fawzi
Kang Minchae (Intern)

Alden Wong (Intern)

Date / Time

1 to 3 September 2022, 8pm


Goodman Arts Centre, Block O, Multi-purpose Studio 1 & 2
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Our programme for children/teens with different abilities, encourages young dancers to discover more about themselves, moving beyond the boundaries of conventional methodology in dance learning through the practice of creative movement.

Curious Steps

Curious Steps showcases how performers with different abilities can be engaged in dance to express themselves and work collaboratively to present their creative ideas through movement.

Inspired by Australian writer Rebecca Ray’s text, Curious Steps, an interdisciplinary performance by A Little RAW (ALR) Company explores the play between movement and text as a metaphor for uncertainty and a way to approach unfamiliar spaces with curiosity. The cast of dancers with diverse abilities will explore distinct perspectives and creative processes in deriving movement from text. 

Through this immersive 45-minute performance, we hope to uncover the uncertainties in our everyday lives and learn to embrace it. It’s an embodied experience that inspires mindful play and the dynamic interpretation of sound, text and actions from diverse perspectives. The spontaneous interactions between audience and performers further add an element of unpredictability.

Using everyday objects, the audience will be invited to join the performers in discovering ways of feeling the space around them.

Date / Time

19 January 2024, 7pm
20 January 2024, 3pm & 7pm
21 January 2024, 3pm


Goodman Arts Centre, Block O, Multi-purpose Studio 1 & 2



In adolescence, arguably a huge aspect of growing up concerns the establishment of one’s identity. As both an individual and social phenomenon, adolescents navigate this process of identity formation by experimenting with possible self- identities, seeking significance in their relationships with others and their place in the world.

But what happens when this process is disrupted and interrupted by the isolating experience of living and schooling in a pandemic? How does both the distancing of oneself from others, and the increasingly enclosed space of home, affect the direction and outcome of their identity development?

Bringing together young movers from diverse abilities and backgrounds, In/Out provides a creative and experimental outlet for A Little RAW (ALR) Company where youths develop and pursue their personal reflections with each other’s assistance. We invite you to witness this evolving and interactive space that promotes expression and connection over shared questions of identity, in a time of disruption and distance.

Wong Wai Yee and Ricky Sim

Annika Mei Das, Choo Qian Ning, Ellyssa Yeo, Estelle Yeo, Eunice Loh, Gabrielle Chia, Lee En Jie

Matthew Goh, Natasha Fawzi

Date / Time

6 Aug 2022, 7pm | 7 Aug 2022, 1pm & 5pm


Goodman Arts Centre, Block O, Multi-purpose Studio 1 & 2

RawGround (RG) promulgates a curated mini-showcase that nurtures dialogue through the trajectory of widening our perception of daily life. The short films are conducted by artists and practitioners of diverse disciplines, each reinstating the scope of aesthetics of the everyday.

RawGround: Breathing

Andy Lee (Hong Kong)
Junhong McIntosh-Lee (Canada)
RJ Thomson & Dudendance (Singapore/U.K.)
Paul Gong (Taiwan)
Matthew Goh (Singapore)
Jenni Large (Australia)

Dr Nidya Shanthini Manokara

Physical Experience (Tickets)

Join us for a captivating 3-Day art-filled event, where this year’s artists will debut their films and share insight into their creative processes and artistic practice.


26 Jan (Fri) – 28 Jan (Sun) 2024


*SCAPE – Gallery Level 5 / RAW Moves Studio

Digital Experience (Register)

Can’t attend in-person? Then join us in the digital iteration of
RawGround 2024. Our website will feature all of this year’s films and
also past editions of RawGround.


29 Jan (Mon) – 4 Feb (Sun) 2024

Research & Development (R&D) promotes creative investigation in a curated practice, with an emphasis on unveiling the creative process and methodologies through archiving and performance.

A Sense of Air


How often do you think about breathing?

A Sense of Air navigates the relationship between our state of mind and the ways air moves through us. RAW Moves, together with conceptualiser Andy Pang, follows a research process involving dance and puppetry that reflects the different layers of self-awareness, empathy, and environmental consciousness in relation to one’s breathing. In this journey of introspection, we invite you to discover how your breath can connect with the self, society, and the environment.

Andy Pang (Singapore)

Dr Nidya Shanthini Manokara

Date / Time

4 August 2023, 8pm
5 August 2023, 3pm & 8pm


Goodman Arts Centre, Block O, Multi-purpose Studio 1 & 2

Rawground: Pacing

Wendy Mack (Singapore)
Lim Ci Xuan (Singapore)
Ashley Ho (Singapore/Netherland)
Rachelle Lee (Singapore)
Ke Yu-Fang (Taiwan)
Teoh Jie Yu (Singapore)
Matthew Goh (Singapore)
Natasha Fawzi (Singapore)

Dr Nidya Shanthini Manokara

Physical Event (10 to 12 February 2023)

10 February 2023
Premiere of 12 films and Artist Sharing
Duration: 7:00 to 10:00pm (3 hours)

11 February 2023
Workshop 1: Wendy Mack (Singapore)
Art form: Craft + Discussion
Duration: 3:00 to 5:00pm (2 hours)
Description: Botanical Soap-Crafting

Workshop 2: Ashley Ho (Singapore/Netherlands)
Art form: Movement + Discussion
Duration: 7:00 to 9pm (2 hours)
Description: How do we begin to dance?

12 February 2023
Workshop 3: Matthew Goh (Singapore)
Art form: Movement + Text
Duration: 10:00 to 12pm (2 hours)
Description: Moving memories

Workshop 4: Ke Yu-Fang (Taiwan)
Art form: Movement + Film
Duration: 1:00 to 3:00pm (2 hours)
Description: Body Mapping

Workshop 5: Lim Ci Xuan & Teoh Jie Yu (Singapore)
Art form: Applied Drama + Discussion
Duration: 4:00 to 6:00pm (2 hours)
Description: Trauma and its invisibility

Digital Event (13 to 19 February 2023)

Run Another Way (RUN) is a movement clinic that functions as an unconventional work in an unusual theatre setting. It serves to create opportunities for the public to engage, participate and interact in the dance-making.



“How has your internal ‘tempo’ changed over the past two years?”

Stutter examines how the pandemic has forced us to adapt to new and unexpected circumstances, resulting in the disruption of pacing within and between people. Consciously and unconsciously we have had to adjust our inner timings and rhythms to fit this uncertainty. As parts of the world stop and start, open up and lock down, the effects continue.

Murasaki Penguin

Anna Kuroda (Japan)

David Kirkpatrick (Australia)

Dr Nidya Shanthini Manokara

Matthew Goh
Audrey Desmond

Date / Time

1 to 3 December 2022, 8pm


Goodman Arts Centre, Block O, Multi-purpose Studio 1 & 2