“WE ARE WE” Dress-Composition and Performance
National Gallery Singapore
19 January 2018 – 28 January 2018


For this performance I asked more than 60 women of my life to contribute a piece of fabric associated with a precious memory. Based on a Japanese Boro kimono from the 19th century I stitched these fabrics together into one dress. I wore this dress as I performed my six-hour composition/improvisation for violin and voice.



        Ayumi Paul is a Berlin-based violinist and composer. Since her solo debut at the Berlin Philharmonic Hall in 2003, she has played at the world´s finest concert halls before developing her own distinct approach to music. Utilizing a wide range of art forms she today creates site specific performances and  installations. Her genre transcending work involves ritual, process, collective memory and interconnectedness.

        She studied violin at Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin and violin and voice at Indiana University and played at halls including Barbican Hall London, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Salle Pleyel Paris, Tonhalle Zürich; and festivals including Aldeburgh Festival, Bahrain Music Festival, Holland Festival, Nuits De Fourviere, Grec Festival De Barcelona, and Copenhagen Jazz Festival. Museums she performed and presented her work at include the Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin, MAXXI Museum Rom, Blockhouse Gallery Tokyo, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Esther Schipper Berlin and the National Gallery Singapore.


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