Esplanade Presents

Dance | Talk

Batu by Ayu Permata Sari and Hasyimah Harith

(Indonesia, Singapore)

28 Jun 2024, Fri, 6pm

1hr 30mins

(Intermission: None)

Esplanade Rehearsal Studio

Free, registration is required

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This process aims to discover and embody the stories found in the myths, spiritual beliefs, and social customs associated with the traditional grinding tool known as batu lesung/cobek within the Malay tribe community (Singapore-Lampung). Starting from the bodies of Malay women and these grinding tools, Ayu Permata Sari and Hasyimah Harith attempt to critique the prevailing narratives surrounding batu lesung/cobek in contemporary Malay women’s lives.


Advisory 16: this programme is recommended for 16 years and above as it contains some mature themes


Meeting Point: Please meet at the Esplanade Box Office and Visitor Centre (Mezzanine Level) for admission to this programme as the public entrance to the Rehearsal Studio via the Theatre Studio is temporarily closed.


Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of the programme.

Admission Age:
13 and above.
Language: English
Things to Note:
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Artist Information

Ayu Permata Sari

Ayu Permata Sari is a choreographer and dancer from North Lampung, Indonesia. She founded Ayu Permata Dance Project as a platform to encourage herself and her collaborators in developing their practice. Since 2020, Ayu has focused on reading and reinterpreting the position of women and men in the Lampung Pepadun tribe—an ethnic group native to Sumatra, to which Ayu belongs. This process is her way of criticising the traditional values of the Lampung Pepadun tribe today. In 2019, Ayu presented TubuhDang TubuhDut at Spielart Theater Festival, Germany. Her latest work Load? premiered at Zürcher Theater Spektakel in 2021.

Hasyimah Harith

Hasyimah Harith is a Malay-Muslim female artist from Singapore that performs, choreographs and teaches Malay folk dance. Using her body as the starting point, Hasyimah works with Malay traditions and eroticism as a way to reclaim agency over her body. Her working methods involve strategies of boosting libido such as fantasy and intimacy. Her works hope to confront and overcome the conditioned shame and grief that is often attached to female eroticism. Hasyimah leads as Company Manager of P7:1SMA, a dance company which believes that dance is a strategy, and being Malay is a concept. She is an Associate of Dance Nucleus, a choreographic centre for independent artists and the creative development of contemporary performance.

Date & Time

28 Jun 2024, Fri


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