Self-described as the Gaysian empress of Sydney is trilingual Malaysian-born, Chinese Australian musician, performance artist and DJ, Dyan Tai.
As one of promising artists awarded the prestigious Generations Music Fellowship (Powerhouse Museum, Astral People, CreateNSW) and Performance Space’s Queer Development Program, Dyan Tai (he/they) is recognised for his music and live shows that bring together elements of Asiatic drag, performance art intersected with synth heavy electronic music, androgynous vocals and the use of a mirror coated keytar.
His previous works, “Freedom” was highly received and featured on ABC Queer and SBS Australia. Released in Nov 2020, “Freedom” included a music video which explores the history of drag in Chinese opera with a historic all-Queer Asian cast; and currently curated to be part of Warrnambool Art Gallery’s “Self Creation” exhibition. "Expiratory" was chosen as a finalist for Diversity Arts Australia's "I am not a virus" campaign and featured on "Art Talks" on ABC TV Plus.
Also featured in the "Chinese Australian" episode of award winning ABC show "You Can't Ask That" (Season 6), his work and performances continue to centre around his upbringing in conservative Malaysia and his quest to find freedom wherever we find ourselves.
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