Meet E-Jan Tan (Global; 2016 ISPA Fellow)
Monday, September 19, 2016
Meet E-Jan Tan, Co-founder and Creative Producer of Toccata Studio, a creative research and development laboratory in Malaysia. Toccata Studio creates and initiates contemporary projects and ideas, tours its works internationally, runs space.toccata – a community art space/creative lab, and hosts open-call artists residencies. E-Jan largely produces multidisciplinary performance. Her next project, 2020: I’m from 2020 is a collaboration between TTC Dance Company (Taiwan) and ASK Dance Company (Malaysia) and premieres October 1st.
When asked what she hopes to contribute to the international field of the performing arts, E-Jan noted: “Making connections, bringing artists together to create work the speaks for itself, reflect the society at the same time archive the era.”
Her favorite part about working in the field is “the immeasurable excitement the arts bring into one’s heart and soul! It keeps me alive being at the core of creation and innovation, surrounded by people who have similar thoughts, together we make things happen.”
E-Jan attended the New York 2016 ISPA Congress as a Global Fellow thanks to the generous support of ISPA’s Fellowship Patron and Challenge Donors. When asked about her impression of her first ISPA Congress, E-Jan shared: “OH WAO. People in this network are really diverse and they are all friendly! Not only they are from everywhere around the world, they are also from various practices and professional backgrounds. It's ever exciting talking to different people, to learn and share experiences, enjoy the peer to peer motivation.”
In 2016, ISPA brought 46 Fellows from around the world to the New York Congress. We know it's impossible to meet all these emerging leaders onsite do we're highlighting the 2016 ISPA Fellows in features via the members-only monthly newsletter Network and on the website.