Ubah Rumah Residency Artist

Chloe Calderon Chotrani & Lisa Xiu

Manila, Philippines and Ede, The Netherlands
Residency Period:
29 Apr
17 May

Chloe Calderon Chotrani (b. 1992, Manila, Philippines)

Chloe is a queer Filipina, Sindhi, and Singaporean movement artist, somatic therapist, and embodiment facilitator. She responds to the poly-crisis by advocating for ancestral ancient animistic practices through her labor of bridging embodied wisdom to communities. Her work is rooted in de-conditioning colonialist-capitalist destructive ways of living, by prioritising a politics of care, community creation, and working with and within the Global South.

She works with people who experience the wound of separation between the mind-body-soul, which may come in the forms of chronic stress, anxiety, disease, pain, inflammation, and burn out. Drawing upon mature experience in world movement arts, complementary medical health, trauma sensitive facilitation, bodywork modalities, and earth-based wisdom. Along side, holding relational, cultural, and ecological sensitivity in its highest regard. She works with a belief that the deeper we can connect to our bodies, the more we can connect to the earth.

More on Chloe here: http://bodyas.earth/chloe


Lisa Xiu (b. 1978, Ede, The Netherlands)

Lisa is born to Vietnamese-Chinese boat refugees and was stateless for her first seven years, until her family based in in Amsterdam, where she was raised. She straddles the balance between her roots in East Asia while being culturally raised in The Netherlands. She moved to Singapore in 2017.

She is passionate about conscious tourism, food and beverage, hospitality, and web design and development. She has been moulded by entrepreneurship for 25 years in luxury retail, multiple F&B businesses, and web development as a bridge to translate information effectively. Along side, she pursued documentary journalism photography. Lisa volunteers frequently with NGOs and non-profits such as TEDx, Red Cross, Aidha, and Dutch-Chinese organisations.

Currently, Lisa collaborates by creating the supporting structures of the undercurrents of Body as Earth; as a co-facilitator through offering sound scapes during workshops, producing international retreats and events, and translating this work through digital presence. Creatively, Lisa confronts the difficulty of partial hearing loss and has found piano, Tibetan singing bowls, and other healing instruments to be a deeply supportive part of her journey.

She holds the grounds for a more inclusive and intentional way of life through her boundless curiosity for the world.

More on Lisa here: http://instagram.com/lisaomomuro

Outcomes in residency

Animismo: Ancestral Animism Archive of the Islands of the South

Animismo seeks to strengthen our ancestral animistic knowledge through the practice of embodied archiving. The Islands of the South is the Austronesian archipelago of Southeast Asia and Pacific Islands — some of the most affected parts of the world from the climate catastrophe we are confronting.

The poly-crisis of capitalism and colonialism have lead to destruction over the entire earth in the name of profit, genocide of indigenous peoples through the medium of warfare and power domination, and the prioritisation of capitalistic profit over relational wisdom. This has resulted in the catastrophic burial of stories, songs, sensibilities, and stability of the islands, its waters, and its inhabitants.

Animismo focuses on countering this narrative to rebalance and recalibrate the whole, by honouring practices that are rooted in remembering animism. Animism as one of the most ancient forms of knowing that all life has a soul. It counters the Antropocentric perspective that posits hierarchy of the superiority of humans.

Ani in Tagalog means to harvest while Mismo in Tagalog means self. Animismo is a practice of going into the depth of self, as the depth of the Anima Mundi, the soul of the world.

What are the emergent animistic practices that are necessary to confront the crisis we are in?

Why are the stories of the Islands of the South that want to be heard, sung, and spoken?

How can we listen deeper and harder to the more than human world?

How do we balance being a guest and host on this living planet? How can sacred activism play a part in artistic practice?

Photo Credit: Ruth Schooling

Workshop Offerings

Embodied Landscapes

The body is an expansive terrain for us to explore. A space to let the body speak before the mind. Through movement as a gateway, we’ll work with the intention to loosen the fluidity of the spine in a way that is accessible. Flowing into more intuitive improvisation, allowing for free expression. Guided by your own body instead of your mind, with guidance to loosen self-judgement and criticism, through allowing your body to move and feel with confidence and liberation. The facilitators are trauma aware and assures accessibility in movement for all bodies.

Embodied Landscapes is hosted by Body as Earth.

Facilitation by Chloe, Soundscapes by Lisa.

Deep Time: Ancestry and Animism

Created specifically for the Ubah Rumah Residency, Deep time is a practice of talking circles, involuntary non-movement, and a dream journey; while being supported through Theta wave sounds. An allowing of time to shape shift.

Sharing of our ancestral lines inform how that has made us who we are at present. Leading into a meditative state of involuntary non-movement, inviting the body to melt with nature and be comfortable with discomfort. Closing with a gentle guided dream exploration grounded in the theme of ancestry and animism.

Time shape shifts as we enter into different states of being, the body becomes a source of deep insight, the shared circle become a space of collective share. Amidst modernity’s backdrop — Can we allow ourselves the slowing down of time to invite an unfolding of the inherent wisdom stored in our bodies?

*Children to be accompanied by parents.

Selected Works To Date

Opening ceremony, labyrinth to the soul and embodiment immersion, Zambales, Philippines
Movement research by ‍Chloe Calderon Chotrani. Photo by Jasbir John Singh.
Movement research, Death Valley, Nevada
Kalawaig Luna Musika, indigenous festival in Mindanao, Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
Walking to the water for embodied landscapes, labyrinth to the soul, Zambales, Philippines
Preparing for embodied landscapes, labyrinth to the soul, Zambales, philippines