In Muva We Trust

In Muva We Trust is an animated video-artwork presented as a large-scale façade projection installation alongside a community led performance event celebrating diversity and togetherness.

Created by Club Até
Club Até
Produced by Insite Arts

Experiencing In Muva We Trust resonates with audiences at a moment in time where collectively, we feel vulnerable and overwhelmed by both our compulsory social disconnect and the deepening climate crisis. Serving as a reminder of our collective power, the experience inspires an alternative approach grounded in respect, family and togetherness, to tackle the greatest challenges of our lifetimes.

Drawing on Filipino folklore narratives, the projected artwork, In Muva We Trust is set in the mythical Skyworld, a space of possibility and potentiality, and shares a story of living in harmony with the environment through connectedness. Journeying through diaspora, memory and imagination, bodies becoming islands merge with religious and domestic motifs. A prophetic creature forms a catastrophic weather map that is then engulfed by flames. As the flames subside, a tropical urban utopia is revealed. Bodies of the Pacifica perform culturally symbolic roles from both mother and sisterhood, collectively sharing a sense of survival and togetherness. The work celebrates diverse communities, depicting a world both real and imagined.

Club Muva is a community led performance event that accompanies the projected artwork In Muva We Trust and is designed to be a large-scale, evening-long, intergenerational and inclusive event.

Characters, themes and motifs extend out of the building’s facade on to the promenade for an evening of live performance, inspiring moments and spectacle. Opening with a procession of vibrant pageantry, performers beckon the crowd to ‘Club Muva’, a transformative space with a diverse program of performances with various members of the Queer, Asia-Pacifica, Indigenous, dance and artistic communities. The celebratory and inclusive essence of the night culminates in an audience-led dance party, where anyone and everyone can take centre stage in the dance circle. 

This project is created through a community engagement let by Club Até. The project is framed through the realisation that as we move, journey and arrive, we remain connected simultaneously to our origin and our new community, with both experiences forging an integral part of our ever-evolving identity.  

To create Club Muva, Club Até invite performers, artist-activists, cultural collectives and other creatives from the local community to participate in a creative collaboration. The objective of this community engagement is to find cultural and artistic meeting points, empowering and celebrating voices of diversity. 

The community engagement may take the form of Club Até led, making workshops; choreographic or cultural collaborations. The curated programme of Club Muva will then feature outcomes from this engagement and may also include mini commissions for short performative moments; or purely an invitation to community groups to perform their own work.         

The project aims to explore, harness and celebrate the transformative power of connectedness, storytelling and performance through togetherness. 


Media

“Speculative queer world-making at its finest, In Muva We Trust unfolds mythic and ancestral landscapes and bodies that envision a polychrome universe of possibility and potentiality.”

Ocula Magazine

Credits

Lead Artist
Justin Shoulder
Club Até
Lead Artist
Bhenji Ra
Club Até
Set and Costume Design
Matthew Stegh
Video Design
Tristan Jalleh
Composer and Sound Design
Corin Ileto
Performance Ensemble
House of Sle
Projection Mapping
The Electric Canvas
Producers
Insite Arts

Contact

Producer
Jason Cross → Email