Four Quadrants of the Sky 四大神獸 completes the second cycle of Performing Identities, an expansive collaborative project that reimagines diasporic East and Southeast Asian [ESEA] identities through contemporary myth-making. A new immersive video installation with sound scape, together with the costumes will be on exhibition at Bloc Projects, Sheffield from 15th Sept - 14th Oct 2023 with a launch event on Thurs 14th Sept 6-8pm. This cycle explores versions of Hong Kongness through the newly devised characters, Wok Hei, The Navigator, Lo Ting and Hybridiy.
Made in collaboration with:
Performers Clara Cheung, Angela YT Chan and Tala Lee Turton
Choreographer Jan-Ming Lee
Costume & Set Designer Christine Ting-Huan 挺歡 Urquhart
Costume Assistant Thu Truong
Cinematographer Jim Wraith
Focus Puller Ai Narapol
Gaffer Anh Do
Costume & Set Assistant Shania Simpson
Make-Up Kinga Dwornik
Curated by Sunshine Wong
Production still by Juan de Leon-Padmore
Four Quadrants of the Sky builds on last year’s Hong Kong Future Diaspora, collaborators of which also included Anna Chan, Franco Ho, Jonathan Tang, Dr Wayne Wong, Shan Ray Cheung.
Supported by Bloc Projects, Necessity, Centre for Equity & Inclusion at University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University.
I will be exhibitiing work in progress from my latest project, Hong Kong Future Diaspora in a solo show at Bloc Projects, with a special opening performance at the launch event on Thurs 20th Oct 6-8pm.
Hong Kong Future Diaspora is the second cycle of my wider project, Performing Identities that explores what it means to be East and Southeast Asian (ESEA) in the UK today. Through performance, discussions and an exhibition of past and current documentation of the larger Performing Identities project, the exhibition programme sketches the shifting landscapes of the wandering Hong Konger through past, present and future.
Hong Kong Future Diaspora will continue next year, culminating with an exhibition at Bloc Projects in September 2023 featuring a live performance on the streets of Sheffield and a new moving image work.
Collaborators to date include artists, researchers, martial arts scholars and fellow makers:
Dr Wayne Wong
Angela YT Chan
Shan Ray Cheung
I will be presenting new work in progress at this year's Encounter Bow, a one-day festival [Sat 12th June] exploring community care, spaces of joy and the importance of sharing and collecting stories.
三星 San Xing [Three Stars] is a feminist reimagining of Fu Lu and Shou - the San Xing, who in Chinese mythology represent fortune, prosperity and longevity. The work is a moving image portrait of three diasporic bodies that challenges Orientalist perceptions of East and Southeast Asian [ESEA] identities. Through a series of online workshops, I collaborated with actors @sigimoonlight and @elisabettygun and costume designer @christinetinghuanurquhart to devise the three characters. We drew on ESEA cosmologies to find new motifs and aesthetics to represent complex identities. These embodied aesthetics hold stories from the past, present and future of our diasporic experiences.
Encounter Bow is curated by Moi Tran of @east_asian_ticket_club.
Production Assistant: @sophialee.x
Commissioned by and filmed at @chisenhaledance
I'll be talking about Community, Care and Change at this online event hosted by gal-dem and Kickstarter. 'Arrive with an Idea Leave with a Plan' is a virtual workshop aimed at equipping people of colour from marginalised genders with the tools they need to turn ideas in to reality. The workshop on Thursday 11th March [6.30 - 8.30] encourages sign-ups from Yorkshire and the surrounding areas. Book a FREE place here.
My latest film, Where Two Rivers Meet will premiere on Feb 25th at 8pm GMT as part of the online event, Digesting History. The film is a creative documentary about Collections in Verse, a poetry project that took place in libraries across Sheffield just before the pandemic. Weaving the story of the project together with the story a city responding to crisis, the film explores mutual aid, things that connect us across time and place and posits the idea of the library as a commons. Where Two Rivers Meet is narrated by Johny Pitts [Afropean] and features new poetry by Joe Kriss, Rachel Bower and Kayo Chingonyi - inspired by the Anglo Saxon Kingdoms exhibition at the British Library and communities in Sheffield.
Commissioned by Poet in the City in partnership with Sheffield Libraries and the British Library.
Further details and FREE tickets here.