Outdoor Community Dance Drama
1st Edition: 24 Apr 5PM
at Cornmill Gardens, Lewisham
After a year of living with COVID-19, the outdoor performance provides new strategies to engage the community with live art in the post-pandemic world. With a creative team of East and Southeast Asian artists, the performance tells stories about cross-cultural interactions and engages with post-humanist thinking. It explores humanity’s desire for the ideal society and addresses the most pressing concerns of the modern world, including migration and human rights.
The event will take place in the open space of residential houses across London. The audience will be able to enjoy the performances from home through their windows or balconies with the sound and music broadcasted over Internet radio. A link to the radio will be sent out before the show.
The performance is a 20-minute outdoor dance drama with voiceover that involves conversations and interactions of two performers (human and alien), focusing on questions of home, displacement and memory. The story engages with ancient East Asian mythology and conveys cultural significance relating to issues of belief and identity, transcending cultural backgrounds and different communities. It explores people’s psychological conditions when facing pandemic and socio-political instabilities. In response to the recent hate crimes against Asians, the work in particular deals with issues of identity related to ethnicity, race and gender, and confronts the historical portrayal of those raced and gendered bodies.
With a core creative team of East and Southeast Asian (ESEA) heritage, it provides a platform to support artists who are currently underrepresented in the arts and culture industry in the UK. It is an ongoing performance project that we will be touring the story (score and script) and hiring ESEA local talents to be part of the team, including performers and musicians, to continue developing the work and to perform in the communities that they live in. We aim to make the work available to more spaces and reach a wider audience through touring across London, the UK and beyond.
24 April 2021 (Sat)
5:00 PM - Cornmill Gardens
Lewisham, London SE13 7BN
"See you there where we shall encounter."
The show is free and for local residents only.
Watch our live socially distanced show in a Covid safe way.
Movement Deviser and Performer: Pui Yung Shum
Script Writer: Ewen Ma
Audio Actors: Siu-see Hung (HUMAN), Jennifer Lim (ALIEN)
Sound and Music Designer: Ghost and John
Banner Photographer: Jeffrey Choy
Illustration: Pui Yung Shum
We are currently in conversations with different local councils, cultural units and funding bodies. Aiming at putting on a 2nd edition in Autumn 2021, please contact us if you are interested in collaborating on this project focusing on tackling the current hurdles in the performing arts industry.
This event is supported by Hidden Keileon, Bow Arts and West Silvertown Foundation, Lewisham Council, ShapesLewisham & the Albany.
A video clip taken at the experiment stage: