xhe (online)

by Daniel Kok & Miho Shimizu | Saturday 15 August

How do we share a touch despite its impossibility now?

xhe is not a he, not a she, not an it. Pronounced ‘zhee’ or like ‘j’y’ in French, xhe is the pronoun for the possible, the queer or the multiple, a figure that moves between a Square and an Octopus. In Daniel Kok’s and Miho Shimizu’s performance work xhe, a singular body is already an expression of multiplicity, and One is always Other and Many. This durational performance is a choreographic bricolage of different forms – installation art, dance, music, film – bringing different artists and audiences together in search for this elusive figure.

In light of COVID-19, Daniel Kok and his team are in residence at Dance Nucleus in Singapore to translate this performance work, for which liveness is a crucial ingredient, into a digital version for online engagement. Recognising the participatory nature of the original work and the current question of physical distance, xhe (online) reflects on what is lost or gained with the ubiquity of telecommuting in our lives today, attempts to transcend the limitations of the computer screen and revive a sense of social proximity. As we spend time together, we hope to summon, to discover, to receive, even to become xhe.

  • Choreographer/Director
    Daniel Kok (Singapore)

    Visual Artist
    Miho Shimizu (Japan)

    Dapheny Chen, Pat Toh, Jereh Leung and Syimah Sabtu

    Loo Zihan

    Loo Zihan and Chan Sze Wei

    Sound Artist 
    Zai Tang

    Production Manager 
    James J. Tay

    Production Assistant [live feed]
    Chan Hsin Yee

    Technical Support  

    Produced by 
    Daniel Kok (Singapore) in association with Something Great – Performing Arts Collection (Berlin – DE) with the support of Dance Nucleus (Singapore) and funding by the National Arts Council (NAC, Singapore)

  • Date & Time

    Saturday 15 August
    5pm – 10pm (Perth/Singapore local time)

    xhe (online) is a durational work across 5 hours. You may come and go as you like.

  • How to access

    xhe (online) is an interactive digital performance. Participants will be required to use ZOOM with access to the internet.

  • Tickets

    Bookings essential
    Pay what you can

    This digital version of xhe is a ticketed event based on what you can pay. Proceeds will support PICA’s ongoing programming and ability to support artists.


  • Patron notes

    Suitable for all ages.

    Audiences are invited to interact throughout the performance with collage using at home materials and sharing these over ZOOM. Further event, access and participation information will be sent to registered attendees prior to the event.