Esplanade Presents

Dance | Theatre

花瓶 (In Defense of Pretty Things)

Chong Gua Khee and Chew Shaw En, in collaboration with Neo Ke Xin (Singapore)

24 Jun 2024, Mon, 6.45pm & 7.45pm


(Intermission: None)

Esplanade Concourse

Credit: Merv Kwok

花瓶hua ping—in Mandarin, in proper usage, refers to a flower vase. However, in slang, 花瓶 describes a woman who is pretty but lacks substance.


But who said vases are just pretty things without substance? For that matter, where do our conceptions of ‘prettiness’ come from? Is it time to reexamine our assumptions and prejudices about pretty things?


Join us in this tangled, tongue-in-cheek performance as we first unpack prettiness through the lens of Chinese dance, and then create our own definition of prettiness as an attitude to life…!


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

Things to Note:
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Artist Information

Chew Shaw En


Chew Shaw En is a performer, interdisciplinary creator, and socially engaged facilitator. Shaw appreciates playing between the lines of abstraction and everyday movement. She is interested in the practice of rehearsing as a way to form a unique communal state for a specific time and group of people.

Chong Gua Khee


Chong Gua Khee is a director, dramaturg and facilitator who seeks to make art that is as shiok as possible for herself, the creative team, audiences and the environment. She particularly enjoys hybrid forms of theatre that play with dance and music elements to unpack social issues. Find out more about her at

Neo Ke Xin


Ke Xin is a contemporary dance practitioner with roots in Chinese Dance. She is driven by the seemingly contradictory nature of impermanence and finds inspiration in balance of freedom and structure that improvisation provides.

Date & Time

24 Jun 2024, Mon


Esplanade Concourse


Esplanade Concourse

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