A text and movement collaboration at Textures 2020

Writer/ Director: Marc Nair

Choreographer/ Director: Sudhee Liao

Musician: Mantravine

Costume Designer: Audrey Ng

Dancers: Bernice Lee, Valerie Lim, Jack Ng, Sudhee Liao

Co-comissioned by The Arts House and #BuySingLit

Supported by National Arts Council, Singapore

In his 1943 paper, A Theory of Human Motivation, Abraham Maslow presented the idea that human actions are directed toward goal attainment, representing them in a hierarchical pyramid with five levels. Lower-order needs have to be met before higher-order needs can influence behaviour and create a more holistic person.

Handbook of Daily Movement reinvents this for the 21st century, reconfiguring and re-ordering our needs in a vastly different world. 


There are three outcomes to this project: poetry-dance film, live performance and a chapbook. 


The choreography that accompanies the text reflects everyday encounters by responding through stylised movements that are built around the idea of an assemblage. This is developed through the course of the ten movements that hang between gesture and stillness, tension and tangibility.


The body as a known space first interacts with each topic through a tangible object or with other bodies. The movements are then abstracted, becoming points of departure that break into the unknown.