Photo by: Celeste Carrasco

The Diary of Alice
By Joavien Ng (Singapore) & Paloma Calle (Spain)
19 – 29 January 2011, Baba House – 157 Neil Road

Be one of the 16 guests at a post-dinner card game and experience stories of Alice performed over potent whisky shots.

Set within the dining hall of the Baba House, an elegant Peranakan residence, artists Joavien Ng and Paloma Calle create an interactive performance built upon fragments of identity and random narrative encounters, with the palpable risk of turning tipsy at the end of it all.

The Diary of Alice is a playful artistic exploration of 'Alice' and the fascinating universe of identities  - fact, fiction or otherwise  - that the name holds. ‘Alice’ becomes an open canvas for each audience-guest to scribble his/her wildest imagination, desire, memory and aspiration of who ‘Alice’ can be.  

“We are playing with the idea of constructing identity, and also giving this challenge to the audience to make their own construction of the work.” – Joavien Ng

About the artists
Joavien Ng began her creative career in 1997. Her creations have been presented by Singapore and international arts festivals/organisations. Joavien’s artistic interest lies in the construction of identity as an Asian and an international citizen. This led her to develop Body Inquire (2008) which revisited her dance training; and Body Swap (2009) which explored the perception and projection of the Other.

Paloma Calle, who is based in Madrid, began to develop her own projects in performance art, staged performances and video in 2004. In her own work, she is interested in experimenting with the non-conventional use of space, questioning the relationship between performer and spectator as well as appropriating domestic, biographical or seemingly insignificant materials.

About the Baba House
Once the ancestral home of a Straits Chinese family, NUS Baba House is now a heritage house. It facilitates appreciation and study of the Straits Chinese history and culture, and encourages
research in cultural hybridity, conservation, architectural traditions and urban changes.

Performance Details
Date & Time:  
19-22 & 25-29 January 2011, 8pm  
Additional shows at 10pm on Fridays & Saturdays, 21-22 & 28-29 January 2011  

Venue: Baba House - 157 Neil Road Singapore 088883 (MRT: Outram Park)

Tickets: $35
To purchase tickets, please call 6737-7213 or email us at

Advisory: Mature Content (16 years and above)


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The Diary of Alice in Singapore is the outcome of a series of workshops and residencies between Aug 2009 – Dec 2010 supported by:



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