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Eldarin talks about the process of creating Dry Room, and her approach as an artist. 

Dry Room is weird, and beautifully performed. The dancers are a marvel to watch...

Eldarin Yeong speaks about how she and her company created Dry Room, a contemporary dance piece about childhood mental health. The original article link is here. The full article can be read via the link below.  

Best of the Brighton Fringe 2018

'Intense, engaging... a must-see piece!'

'This was narrative and interpretive dance of the highest quality directed by some powerful cello pieces...'

Guardian's coverage on the 'Inside Job' exhibition at the Tate Modern, featuring the dance video Dry Room

Eldarin talks about her journey as an artist and the new dance video Dry Room to be presented at the Tate exhibition 'Inside Job', which includes artworks by over 100 artists who work at the Tate. 

Yang-May was interviewed by Jo Good on BBC London 27 Nov 2015 (the interview starts at 14:28mins) to talk about her upcoming show Bound Feet Blues.

Yang-May Ooi talking about Bound Feet Blues, extract from Midweek interview – BBC World Service, Arts Hour.

Yang-May Ooi in conversation with Libby Purves and other guests Polly Bagnall, Diana Melly and Michael Portillo – BBC Radio 4 Midweek. 11 Nov 2015

It’s an insightful, sometimes upsetting account delivered by a woman who clearly appreciates the era she was born into. Yet Ooi has some unsettling examples of how, even today in the West, daintiness in a woman is often celebrated and a ‘beauty is pain’ culture still exists.

Writer & Performer Yang-May Ooi interviewed by Out in South London with Rosie Wilby on Resonance FM. 17 Nov 2015

Bound Feet Blues is easily one of the most engaging, entertaining and moving one-woman shows I have seen. Moving with equal care, from global questions of gender identity, to everyday family relationships, this play will make you consider what it means to be a wife, a mother, a daughter and a woman.

Weaving together her life with those of her ancestors, Yang-May explores themes of submission and endurance in Eastern culture, especially with regard to ideals of femininity and beauty. However, it is not just the East that she critiques here, but the West as well. Holding a mirror up to our physical ideals, she asks us whether the process of foot binding is any worse than our obsession with physical perfection and the lengths we will go to in order to pursue it, particularly under the surgeon’s knife.

'Modern women in the West today can be financially independent. We can vote and make our own way in the world. Yet we are still judged by our looks. We are still expected to be quiet and gentle and to speak nicely.'

Bound Feet Blues is a warm, funny and groundbreaking exploration of women’s expectations, concerns and desires. With deft strokes, renowned storyteller Yang-May paints a nuanced picture of her coming-out (too-new hiking boots), explores Chinese-Malaysian culture (bare feet, bound feet) and considers the span of generations and mother-daughter-relationships. Her voice is a honed musical instrument, and her performance – a blend of voice and movement – feels like a generous gift.

Bound Feet Blues explores Yang-May’s experiences of being a Chinese-Malaysian woman in the UK, her unique ‘coming out’ story, cultural reflections of what it means to be a woman, and an exploration of mother-daughter relationships, and the role history plays on us today.

A thought provoking and moving one woman show,  Yang- May Ooi shares her own life experience through the shoes she has worn and compares how the shoes we wear affect our lives and perceptions of us to the Chinese practice of foot binding.

The show's writer and performer Yang-May interviewed by The Story Party's host Beverley Glick.

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