16 July, 2013

We apologize for the lack of updates. Photos for the past two events are up on the photos section.

Lastly we have decided to put a fullstop to RITES. The event of 20 June was the finale. We sincerely thank everyone who have supported us for the past 4 years. Please read our closing statement.


2 May, 2013

For the month of May, we showcase three local artists. - Chand Chandramohan, Jason Lim, and Marla Bendini. Please click here for details.


01 April, 2013

We are glad to present the three artists for the upcoming event - Agnes Yit, Farah Ong, Rudi Abdalah. Please click here for details.


13 February, 2013

Next event will be on 23 February, 7:30pm at Goodman Arts Centre, featuring Natasha Wei, Chua Chin Chin, and Willis Turner Henry. Please click here for more details.


19 October, 2012

Next event will be on 27 October, 8pm at The Substation Theatre, featuring Elizabeth Lim (SG) and Zierle & Carter (UK). Please click here for more details.


23 June, 2012

The upcoming R.I.T.E.S. event is on 06 July, 7:30pm at The Substation Theatre, featuring Ben Puah, Carlos Llavata, Li Cassidy-Peet, and Mariona Vilaseca. Please click here for more details.


16 March, 2012

Photos of RITES #02-2012 are up on the gallery now. There is an experimental sound gig on 20 march at Blu Jazz cafe featuring Blu Simon Wasem (Brazil), Jimmy Hendrickx (Belgium), Timothy O'Dwyer (Australia), and Terrence Lau (Singapore). Click here for details.


26 February, 2012

Next upcoming RITES event will be on 10 March 2012, featuring Franzisca Siegrist, Vincent Chow, and Jason Lee. For more details, please click here.


3 February, 2012

Photos of RITES #01-2012 have been uploaded on the Gallery now.


16 January, 2012

The upcoming event will be RITES #01-2012 on 28 January, 7:30pm at Goodman Arts Centre, featuring Sinead O'Donnell, Kurt Johannessen, and Daniela Beltrani. Please click here for more details.


22 December, 2011

CAUTION” Performance art workshop by Sinéad O’Donnell (Ireland)

CAUTION (Words and Boundaries) is a two days intensive performance art workshop for artists who are already working in live contexts and those who are interested in developing their work within a live framework. Participants will explore and investigate language and writing as practice- and body-based work and examine questions of boundaries. The maximum number of participants will be limited to 10 persons. Participation of both workshops will be free of charge but donations are welcomed and it will go towards the fee for the artist conducting the workshop. At the end of both workshop sessions, participants are expected to present a short 10 minutes performance each.

More details HERE


5 December, 2011

Photos of RITES #06-2011 have been uploaded on the gallery now. There is a review of the event written by Lee Wen. Check it out here. And also, TODAY papers correspondent Mayo Martin wrote a blog review as well.


6 November, 2011

Future Of Imagination 7 will be held from 16th til 20th November at Goodman Arts Centre. A total of 15 performances will be presented between 16th til 19th November. There is a forum discussion moderated by Iola Lenzi on 20th November, 3pm. For more details and updates, please visit the website at www.foi.sg


12 October, 2011

We are proud to present RITES #06-2011 on 15 November, 7:30pm at Goodman Arts Centre, featuring Loo Zihan, Gisela Hochuli, and Francis O’Shaughnessy. Please click here for more details. Gisela and Francis will also be performing in Future of Imagination #7.


25 September, 2011

Photos of The Sound Gig #4 is up on our Photos section now. Jun Zubillaga-Pow wrote a review of the gig. There is also an interview of Kai Lam on performance art by Mike Chang for Art-21. Thanks to Mike and Art-21 for allowing us to published it on our website.


16 September, 2011

The next gig is Sound Gig #4 on 24th September, 5pm at Emily Hill. We will be presenting Yuzuru Maeda, Chong Li-Chuan, Evan Tan and Jordan Johari. Please click here for more details.


22 August, 2011

Photos of last Friday's gig is up on our Photos section now. There is also a review written by Lee Wen. Please don't forget to check out NOW! performance event on 31 August at NTU from 12 til 6pm, organised by Marla Bendini.


17 August, 2011

TODAY papers correspondent Mayo Martin wrote a news article about RITES and performance art in Singapore. Please click here to read it online or go to our ESSAYS section to read it.

We have finally set up a page on Facebook. Meanwhile, the organising crew of RITES are looking forward to the event on this Friday at Emily Hill. Hope to see you there. Please click here for details.


10 August, 2011

The upcoming RITES is on 19th August. We are proud to present the works of Marla Bendini, Noor Effendy Ibrahim, and Mike HJ Chang. Please click here for more details of the event.


23 July, 2011

We saw a relatively small crowd at our first New Threads on last Thursday. But nevertheless, we are proud of the four emerging performance artists who presented their works in a relatively professional level, instilled with tension, rythmns, emotions, and humour. Please check out the photos if you missed the performance. Next RITES will be on 19th August. More details coming soon.


13 July, 2011

We are delighted to announce that our next gig will be on 21st July 2011 at The Substation. This time we are taking the opportunity to present mainly local young emerging artists. Please click here for more details.


26 June, 2011

The organiser of RITES would like to thank all the people who come to watch the performance on last Thursday. We also would like to thank all the participating artists as well. Please check out the photos.


18 June, 2011

You are invited to the 4th solo exhibition by Kai Lam.

Exhibition opening is on 22 June, 7pm. There will be a performance with guest artist Zai Tang.

There will also be another closing performance 02 July at 8pm with Yuzuru Maeda. For more details, please click here or here.


20 May, 2011

The details for the next gig is out. Four artists will be presenting their performance pieces. Please visit the upcoming section for more information. At the same time, we encourage you to sign up for the workshop that will be conducted by one of the participating artist Emmanuelle Waeckerlé. For details please click here or simply scroll down to the previous news update.


18 May, 2011

You are cordially invited to go on a holiday 


“Hand crafted holiday’ 

a  performance and its documentation

Emmanuelle Waeckerlé

Venue: The Substation, Dance Studio
Address: 45 Armenian Street, Singapore 179936
Time: 10.30am to 5pm, 22 June 2011
Workshop fee: Free 
For registration or more info call Reef at: 94301624
or email: arif_ayab@yahoo.com.sg

This is a call for participation to a collective experiment, a colaboration with artists and non-artists alike exploring inner travel as a viable alternative to global tourism. 

As your tour guide, I willprepare you for new experiences of the body in space and time before taking you on a trip to your own “hidden paradise”.

Using progressive mental, vocal and physical tasks I will show you how to

-       “get away from it all” 

-       “discover authentic travel and beyond”

-       explore personal borders

-       build their own “insider guide” to their chosen paradise

No previous experience required, just a willingness to be there and see what happens, as if you were going to spend a day at the seaside with a group of friends.

Come as a tourist; comfortable clothing, a small backpack, a scarf, a pair of sunglasses and a digital camera if you have one.

I have used “in bracket” advertising headlines collected from the travel section of various newspapers. They all speak of authenticity, escapism, paradise and exclusivity juxtaposed with various visual combinations of sea, sun, sand and (promises of) sex; regardless of the destination or its geographical cultural social or political makeup.

What I propose is to follow to the letter these captions, in situ, in the hope to create a more meaningful ‘holiday’ experience for all involved, the performance, and an alternative series of postcards of each place visited, its documentation.

Documentation of the workshop will be presented as part of my contribution to R.I.T.E.S on the 23rd of June. It will be up to the group to decide what of and how to make public the live and visual work produced.

 What is primary to this project is the collective and individual social experience of all involved. We are all narcissist at heart but also social being engaged with the reality of our environment. I am interested in a collaborative construction of a personal experience. It will be up to the group involved to decide what of and how to make public the experiment on Thursday 23rd at Substation theatre.

previous take off

- Saturday 7th May at STRIKE STUDIOS,

68 Clapham Manor Street, London, SW4 6DZ.

- Monday 16th to Saturday 21st May 2011 at ZICO house in Beirut

174 Spears Street, Sanayeh, Beirut - www.zicohouse.org

More info and registration on facebook




 This project is based on the knowledge and experience I have gained through the (BtBtW)  workshop I have been developing for the past 4 years for  BA and MA students at UCA Farnham.

- Body thought Body talk (BtBtW) is about de-learning and being ready for new experience and perception of the body in space and time.

- Body thought Body talk workshop consists of a simultaneous collective and individual experience where the use of simple performance strategies is used to explore one’s body (as opposed to one’s mind) as a thinking and learning tool.

- The workshop requires no prior knowledge of performance art and is for individuals of all ages interested in exploring new ways of working with and challenging their existing knowledge


Tour operator – MOItravel Inc. / Emmanuelle Waeckerle 
Team -  Bim Hjortronsteen, Emilie Matthews
© MOItravel Inc. / EW 201

presented by 

Rooted In The Ephemeral Speak (R.I.T.E.S) 

supported by UCA research fund
National Arts Council, Singapore


10 May, 2011

Once again we sincerely thank the people who came to the sound gig last Saturday. It was an evening with great music, although it was a small crowd. Some photos of the past two gig have been uploaded. Please check out the Photos section.


2 May, 2011

A big thanks to the people who came to The Substation to catch the second installment of RITES for the year. Photos will be up soon. The next show is a sound gig on the 07th May at Night & Day Bar, featuring Under The Velvet Sky, Singlish Punk, Duke Wen and Mike Cooper. Please click here for more info.


18 April, 2011

Welcome to the brand new website of R.I.T.E.S. Bascially we have moved almost everything from our previous Wordpress blog to this new site. In addition, unlike previously where the photos were posted on Flickr, we have created our own photo gallery section. From now onwards we will be posting updates on this new website and we have decided to leave the old blogsite as a memoir. So please bookmark this website.

We have two upcoming events: RITES #02-2011 on 29 April and The Sound Gig #3 on 07 May. Please check out the 'Upcoming' section for more details.


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