Aug 7, 2016 Sunday 19:30 - 21:00
Rockbund Art Museum (Shanghai 20 Huqiu Road, Huangpu District)
‘What Happened in Shanghai’ (WHIS) is Victoria Chiu’s new work. It is a contemporary movement, cultural experiment taking two highly skilled dancers and contrasting their movement responses to the (dis)connections between their lives and their grandmother’s. To unpack this and bridge the breach, WHIS requires the dancers rely on their childhood memories of their grandmothers’, family folklores and their research into their grandmothers’ life stories. Being inseparably and also unfamiliarly connected to Shanghai due to the change of locality, they try to develop narratives about their relationship between with their grandmothers through their bodies. The residency will last from 29th July to 7th August, and the final performance will be represented on 7th August.
Victoria Chiu, choreographer, trained at the VCA, Melbourne, Bachelor of Dance. She has performed and toured extensively with European companies Cie Nomades, Cie Gilles Jobin, Micha Purucker, Jozsef Trefeli and Jane Turner.
Liu Yanan, independent dancer started to learn Chinese folk dance when she was very young. Instead of going to dance academy, she studied sociology in Fudan University.
Ma haiping (aka MHP), pioneer electronic musician his music covers the avant-garde music, experimental, electronic dance music, soundtrack for visual arts and contemporary dance, etc.
Guo Jinxin, stage designer, is a teacher of Shanghai Theater Academy Stage design department. He gained 14-year-experience of Stage design, Lighting and multi-media art.
As one of its major initiatives towards connecting the museum with the forefront exploration of contemporary art and with the public, RAM is happy to announce the new public program for performative art, “Live at RAM”. Drawing on RAM’s unique spaces and excellent exhibition programs, Live@RAM is dedicated to artists active at the forefront of performative practices – practices involving the use of body, which may otherwise be known as contemporary dance, performance art, sound art, new media, experimental music/theatre, or inter-disciplinary projects, under different circumstances. The program combines a 10-day residency at the museum, which leads to a live presentation to the public in the exhibition spaces at RAM at the end. Coinciding with the museum’s annual exhibition program, Live@RAM provides 3 residencies a year, open to applications from all over the world.
Unlike the black box of a theatre or a white box in a museum, the spaces at RAM combine western and Chinese elements and change as the exhibition requires. These challenges make the performances at RAM so different from those happening on the stage.
Moreover, set in spatial and intellectual conversation with the works of the on-going exhibitions, the performances would enjoy a new, provocative framework which provides enriched experiences and meaning-making of the work itself as well as the exhibition on site. The proximity between the performer and the audience would also enable intensive emotional and bodily interactions between the audiences and the artists, which is a rare challenge in other circumstances.... Read More
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