RAM Talk: Nunu's Workshop Rountable
Oct 4, 2018 Thursday 14:00 - 16:00
2F, Rockbund Art Museum (Shanghai 20 Huqiu Road)
Could you make it home without a mobile phone?
Uncle Pan, aged 72, has a wish to live a long life, so he tries his best to avoid exposure to air conditioning, never stays up late, and eats a steamed boiled egg every day. Yet he has been smoking for 53 years.
Is “losing fat” the same as “losing weight?” What about exercise and physical training? Are they the same?
If I have to cultivate a new habit while breaking an old one over the next 22 days, what will these two habits be?
The words “I will not give up!” is what I say to myself when I am upset or desperate, or I don’t want to give in to reality even if it is challenging or brutal. When does your “I will not give up” come out of your tongue?
Nunu Kong has invited her friend Jess Chiayi Seetoo and workshop participants to join this round table discussion, which is intended to interpret, question and reflect on the theme “Bodies” from multiple perspectives based on personalized and hands-on experiences of life in the kaleidoscope-like society.
Working as a choreographer, performing artist and an independent producer, Nunu Kong develops through her work a characteristic expression playing with time and space in poetic and illusionary dimensions in both visual and dramaturgic levels with a particular sense of humor instinctively blended into her choreography. Her recent projects include Trumpet Upside Down Dancing in Air - a series of endurance performance actions where she tests her body limitations and reassesses the physics of sound by attempting to play a trumpet while suspending herself upside-down from significant height.
Nunu Kong graduated from Beijing Dance Academy. She began her choreographic career in Shanghai as one of the founders of the “Zuhe Niao” collective, which she co-founded in 2005. Following their first award wining piece Tongue’s Memory of Home at Theaterspektakel Festival in Zurich in 2006, in 2007 she established her own independent dance project “BrandNuDance” which has become one of China’s most innovative experimental performing arts exchange platforms. Promoting experimental dance as a new and vital medium in contemporary art, she has produced numerous international dance productions, commissions, workshops, lectures and presents Chinese independent performing artist’s work beyond the underground.
Jess Chiayi Seetoo is a researcher and creator of performance arts. She obtained her PhD in performance study from University of California, Berkeley. She is a member of board of directors of the Performance Studies international(PSi) and a lecturer at Shanghai Theatre Academy. Her study and works cover a wide range of areas including Tanztheater, physical theatre, documentary theater, impromptu dance, relationships between dance and human body, and (new) media. She has extensive experience of exploring the connection between linguistic signs and art performances. Her creative works and performances, along with public education activities organized by her in collaboration with museums in Shanghai, give a glimpse of her repeated efforts to pursue interdisciplinary creation and to define the relationship between environment and humanity. Her research papers are published in P[art]icipatory Urbanisms, Performing Arts Review, TDR: The Drama Review, and The Routledge Companion to Butoh Performance.
Free admission, reservation is required.