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Ikan Girl

A story of good triumphing over evil, the story of Ikan Girl reminds one of patience and kindness and the perils of engaging in evil acts especially the mistreatment of a fellow being. Inspired from a Malay ancient poem known as the Syair Bidasari, this new adaptation of the story will be presented in the form of a multidisciplinary performance that incorporates movement vocabulary from Malay dance, bharatanatyam and contemporary dance genres and featuring new music of a unique compositional style that imbues the flavour of traditional Malay music with captivating sound colours.


Photography by Mark Benedict Cheong

Ikan Girl Production History

21 & 23 October 2016

The Chamber, The Arts House, Singapore

Singapore International Festival of Music 2016

“a refreshing presentation of

multi-disciplinary originality”

-Arts Republic

Ikan Girl Reviews


“Like what Stravinsky’s Petrushka 

did for Russian music more

 than a century ago,

 could Syafiqah’s Ikan Girl, 

an experimental but coherent fusion

of Malay and Western classical music,

 be an equally momentous landmark 

for local music?”

 -The Straits Times

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