Image: Pier Carthew

Dragon Ladies Don't Weep

Featuring Margret Leng Tan in a co-production by Chamber Made and CultureLink Singapore

A work that sweeps across the senses, Dragon Ladies Don’t Weep is new music icon Margaret Leng Tan’s exploration of memory, time, control and loss.

A native of Singapore, Tan forged a path as a major force within the American avantgarde, collaborating with such giants as John Cage and George Crumb. Her stellar career is a touchstone for the past 50 years of experimental music lineage.

Sessions During APAM Gathering 7:30pm Fri 28 Feb
Venue Playhouse, Arts Centre Melbourne


Dragon Ladies Don’t Weep combines spoken and recorded text, projected images, and original composition for prepared piano, toy piano, percussion and toys by Tan’s long-term collaborator Erik Griswold.

Created by a team of Singaporean and Australian artists led by Chamber Made director Tamara Saulwick and performed by Tan, this crosscultural collaboration is an evocative collage of the forces that have shaped Tan’s life and how music has been both her passion and her refuge.

Opening the evening is the world premiere of an international collaboration between Japanese filmmaker Makino Takashi and Australian composer Lawrence English.

Dragon Ladies Don’t Weep is part of the SUBSONIC program curated for Asia TOPA by The SUBSTATION.

“The formidable doyenne of the avant-garde piano” – The Washing Post on Margaret Leng Tan

Date 28 February 2020
Time 7:30pm
Venue Playhouse, Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3004


Musician/performer Margaret Leng Tan
Composer Erik Griswold
Director Tamara Saulwick
Dramaturg Kok Heng Leun
Video artist Nick Roux
Lighting designer Andy Lim
Costume designer Yuan Zhiying