Xin Hui Ong

Xin Hui Ong is an emerging independent contemporary artist based in Perth. She has a strong interest in the role of the arts in health and community. Born in Singapore, Xin has also lived in the UK, Israel and Australia. She moved to Australia to pursue medicine at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. Working as a doctor, she found that the health issues faced by patients were largely rooted in a lack of connection; to their own bodies, to purpose and to others. These aspects of life could not be directly addressed by modern medicine, but could be accessed through the arts, and dance in particular.

In 2017, Xin went on to pursue dance full-time, training at Ev & Bow in Sydney, Australia. She moved to Perth in 2018, and was fortunate to be selected to be as the Rogue resident with STRUT in Perth – through this she was able to attend workshops with artists from international companies such as Hofesh Shechter and Kidd Pivot, as well as workshops on interdisciplinary collaborations led by Australian artists. In 2019, Xin moved to Israel to dance in the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company’s Dance Journey Program. In 2020, Xin moved to Vancouver, where she worked with Lesley Telford in the Performance Research Project.

Interdisciplinary collaboration is the cornerstone of Xin’s creative practice. Since 2018, she has partnered with dancers, musicians, photographers, videographers, and installation artists, to produce various developments. Her first dance film, Kindred, premiered in Vancouver, Canada, and has also been presented in Adelaide during Australian Dance Theatre’s Flow: Dance on screen series in 2021.

This year, Xin is the inaugural studio 7 resident at PS Art space, where she is exploring the role of language, text and voice in choreography.

Performances by Xin Hui Ong

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