Esplanade Presents

Music | Theatre | Film

Between Ground and Sky

Wong Yong En (Soprano), Koh Kai Jie (Piano), Wu Chin Ying (co-curator), Tan Tiag Yi (composer, co-curator), Ang Gey Pin (movement artist), Ranice Tay (movement artist), Khoo Guo Jie (filmmaker) (Singapore)

22 Jun 2023, Thu, 7.15pm & 8.15pm

23 Jun 2023, Fri, 7.15pm & 8.15pm

24 Jun 2023, Sat, 6.15pm & 7.15pm


(Intermission: None)

Esplanade Concourse

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Between Ground and Sky is an interdisciplinary project exploring the poetic world of renowned Malaysian-American poet Shirley Geok-lin Lim, centred around a song cycle of five songs of the same title by Tan Tiag Yi. Her poetry is marked by her life of crossings and travel, and traverses scenes, dreams, and histories that are intensely personal yet relatable, local yet transnational.


Inspired by the cultural in-betweenness of her work, this performance seeks to inspire deeper reflection on the taut, complex and intersectional nature of Lim’s poetics. It will feature a live performance of the song cycle by soprano Wong Yong En and pianist Koh Kai Jie alongside films created in response to the songs by videographer Khoo Guo Jie. In between performances of the songs, there will be recitations of other poems by Lim.


No tickets will be issued. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Language: English
Things to Note:
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Artist Information

Ang Gey Pin

Ang Gey Pin is a practice-researcher at heart, though she holds a PhD in Drama by Practice-as-Research from the University of Kent. She investigates and researches on what lies in the core of a performer; how to find organic lives within oneself, and to embody one’s work among varied forms of disciplines. This interdisciplinary project has demanded and challenged the territory in terms of ‘doing’ and ‘performing’ surpassing our differences as persons and as artists. Gey Pin is intrigued by and will continue to search on unknowns that are beyond arts and life. Since 2006, she runs Sourcing Within, holding international worksessions for cross-disciplinary researches in embodied practice, and taught at University of Kent (UK), Wesleyan University (USA), LASALLE College of the Arts, Intercultural Theatre Institute, The School of the Arts and NAFA in Singapore. 

Koh Kai Jie

An emerging Singaporean conductor and pianist, Koh Kai Jie graduated from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (YST Conservatory) with degrees in piano and conducting. He has conducted numerous YST ensembles in concert. In March 2023, Kai Jie served as music director for a musical production of The Fantasticks staged by the YST voice department. He also conducted Singaporean composer Chen Zhangyi’s chamber opera Kampung Spirit as part of the YST Voyage Festival (August 2022). As a pianist, Kai Jie has achieved numerous accolades. Most recently in 2020, he attained the first prize in the YST Conservatory Concerto Competition (Piano Category); second prizes in the Singapore National Piano and Violin Competition (Senior Category) and the Yamaha Piano Competition (Singapore) in 2013. In the same year, Kai Jie obtained the ABRSM Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music (LRSM) in Piano Performance (Distinction) and was a High Scorer across all Southeast Asia candidates. He has also worked with eminent pianists Daejin Kim and Noriko Ogawa in public masterclasses in YST Conservatory. 

Ranice Tay

RANICE TAY 郑凱⼼ (@raniceanimal) is a girl-child enamoured by the act of becoming. She works in the realm of theatre to serve the imminent question: Why are we here?


In search for answers, Ranice draws from the inner wilderness; from mythologies to rituals; from movement arts to poetry. She worked internationally to create devised works anchored in primality and surrender. Ranice's journey beyond theatre has led to Taiji, training as a national athlete in the Singapore Traditional Wushu Elite Team. Her accolades include: Overall Champion (Female Youth Taiji Category) (International WuDeBei Traditional Wushu Competition 2022); Silver and Bronze medalist (Asia Traditional Wushu Competition - Taiji); Gold Medalist (National Wushu and Taiji Competition 2021, 2022).


Ranice graduated from the National University of Singapore with a BA (Hons) in Theatre Studies. There, she was awarded the CFA Performing and Visual Arts Scholarship (2015-2019) for her commitment to excellence. 

Tan Tiag Yi

Tan Tiag Yi is a composer, violinist and arts administrator. He completed his Bachelor of Arts in Music with First Class Honours at St Anne’s College, University of Oxford in 2021, where he studied composition with Professor Martyn Harry and violin with Caroline Balding with the support of the National Arts Council Singapore Arts Scholarship (Undergraduate). 


Through his music, Tiag Yi explores the semiotic resonances of sounds and the ways time is experienced. Tiag Yi was most recently awarded Special Commendation at the 2021 Henfrey Prize for Composition for his work Cross Sections and First Prize at the 2021 Benslow Young Composers’ Competition (19-25 years category). World premieres include pieces written for organist and keyboardist Dr. David Bohn (2018, 2019, 2020) and the Atlantic Music Festival (2019). As a violinist, Tiag Yi is a founding member of Duo Tarenna, a violin-viola duo based in Singapore championing uncharted repertoire which was established in 2021. 

Wong Yong En

Wong Yong En is a musician trained in Western classical music, with a variety of artistic and academic pursuits. Her research interests centre largely on contemporary music and art in Southeast Asia with respect to politics, culture, and identity. As a singer, she is happiest indulging her affection for Baroque and early music, as well as contemporary practices and improvisation. She also generally prefers moving while she sings, and has recently been doing more work with theatrical and choreographed presentations of music.


Dance has been her lifelong friend, so in addition tomusic, she practices odissi at Chowk Studios, and holds an Intermediate Ballet certificate from the Royal Academy of Dance. She graduated from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor of Music (BMus) in Music and Society, and a second major in Voice.

Wu Chin Ying

Chin Ying WU holds a B.A. in Art History and a Minor in Chemistry from the University of Chicago. She is passionate about drawing connections across diverse disciplines and art forms in collaborative and inclusive ways. She has worked with arts and cultural organisations in varying capacities in Chicago and Singapore, including curatorial, programs, and archives.


Her myriad interests include contemporary Southeast Asian arts, decolonial and diasporic studies, and art and heritage conservation. With a strong background in classical music, she also plays the piano and sings in a choir. Armed with an unlikely assemblage of creative and academic experiences, she finds great joy in bringing together distinct individuals in projects that are imaginative yet reflective.

Date & Time

22 Jun 2023, Thu


Esplanade Concourse


Esplanade Concourse

23 Jun 2023, Fri


Esplanade Concourse


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24 Jun 2023, Sat


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