Prismatic Arts Festival

Stephanie Yee – Broken English Karaoke

Stephanie Yee – Broken English Karaoke

September 16 - 20 | 9:00pm
Bus Stop Theatre

Stephanie Yee is a multidisciplinary artist known for creating thoughtful and immersive work that interrogates concepts of community and identity. Using performance, video, sculpture and installation, she creates spaces where the audience can negotiate a work’s meaning together. Blurring the lines between real and imagined scenarios, Yee’s practice aims to re-examine notions of everyday life.

Currently based in Windsor, Ontario, her artistic pursuits have brought her to Halifax, where she received a degree in Fine Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, as well as New York City, where she attended The Cooper Union School of Art. As both an artist and curator, she has participated in various artist-run centers, festivals, galleries and residencies, locally and internationally. She was an Arts Nova Scotia creation grant recipient, was featured on the cover of Visual Arts News magazine’s Summer 2017 issue and is one quarter of ORIENTATION, an Asian woman arts collective.

A crowd favourite at Prismatic, Stephanie is pleased to present Broken English Karaoke and can’t wait to see you up on stage, mic in hand!


Broken English Karaoke

Returning to the Prismatic Arts Festival for its fourth year, Broken English Karaoke is a crowd favourite. Festival goers are invited to end the night with us either on the stage or in the audience of this interactive performance installation. All within the length of a song, each opportunity challenges the participant to navigate the boundaries between the familiar and unfamiliar.

While karaoke pervades everyday life in many Asian countries, the presence of karaoke in North America is usually confined to aspiring celebrities and drinking culture. Adopting the platform of karaoke, and its myriad associations, this piece replaces the lyrics of popular American songs with broken English translations. The end result allows for a fun experience that not only exposes the complexities of language, but social anxieties as well. Come join us and have a good time as we delve into and explore the lively state of being lost and found in translation.