Dragon Ladies Don’t Weep is based on the life and work of renowned pianist Margaret Leng Tan, a leading figure in experimental music. Born in Singapore, Tan was the first woman to earn a doctorate from Juilliard, but a desire to explore the crosscurrents between Asian music and that of the West led her to John Cage. This sparked an active collaboration between Cage and Tan that lasted from 1981 to his death, during which Tan gained recognition as one of the pre-eminent interpreters of his music.
Drawing from her personal and professional history, Dragon Ladies Don’t Weep fuses music, text, performance and image to create a portrait of this singular artist, the forces that drive her, and the ways in which music has been both her passion and her refuge.
Musician / Performance Margaret Leng Tan
Composition Erik Griswold
Direction Tamara Saulwick
Dramaturgy Kok Heng Leun
Video Nick Roux
Dragon Ladies Don’t Weep is co-produced by Chamber Made and Culturelink Singapore