THE INVISIBLE MARKS OF PINGTUNG

Streamed as part of 'Where I'm Coming From' (WICF) Week 3: Taiwanese. Curated by Inventory Platform

Guest Projects Digital Online 2020

This work is inspired by my childhood, which was spent growing up in the beautiful province of Pingtung in South Taiwan. It is fascinating how memories are so connected to our primal instincts. It could be a specific object or a smell that touches one’s deepest memories. Perhaps the events did not happen exactly as we remember them, but what will always be clear is the emotions we associate with these memories. Part of the video was filmed around my house in South-East London and was inspired by how I used to play in the garden of my childhood home. A second part was filmed in Taiwan during this year’s Dragon Boat festival, showing my childhood friend recreating her grandmother’s sticky rice dumplings (粽子), a traditional food made during the festival.

Dance Artist: Kuan-Yu Chen

Videographer: Khaya Maseko (UK), 智久(Taiwan)

Editing: Khaya Maseko

這個作品的靈感來自藝術家囡仔時,伊細漢蹛佇臺灣南爿美麗的屏東。記持和直覺會當有遮爾大的連結實在真趣味,凡勢是一項物件,無定著是一個氣味,觸著上深的記持。遮的代誌可能無完全親像記持中發生,毋過阮對起毛的記持使會清清楚楚。頭一個影片是佇藝術家倫敦東南爿的厝內,靈感來自對細漢時佇厝內花園𨑨迌的記持。第二個影片是今年五月節佇台灣翕的。藝術家的囡仔伴趁樣阿媽的肉粽,五月節會吃的傳統食物。

舞蹈家: Kuan-Yu Chen

錄影: Khaya Maseko (英國), 智久(台灣)

剪接: Khaya Maseko

1 2 3 4/1 2 3 FALL

Art Night, London 2018

Shenzhen Fringe Festival, China 2018 

This short site-specific work is in collaboration with composer Khaya Maseko and dancer Yanaëlle Thiran, we work on with how we could encourage audience participation, demonstrate the counterbalance relationship in movement, and most importantly dance with a smile and communication. 

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Wandsworth Arts Fringe, London

5-20 May 2018

A site-specific dance piece in collaboration with a live stream video brings you to another city while you help to landscape Wandsworth Common train station. Decide how you will capture the moment, and please - mind the gap.

Choreographer: Kuan-Yu Chen

Producer: Maggie Sur-Han Chang

UK dance artists: Inari Hulkkonen and Yanaëlle Thiran

International dance artists: Nina Simone' (Marsell Anhel Chavarria+Ching-I Chang) [Richmond, USA], Jethro Pioquinto [Hong Kong], Marah Arcilla [Madrid, Spain], Christine Brorsson [Malmö, Sweden], and Nikoleta Koutitsa [Athens, Greece].   

Fashion designer: Lilly Rasnack 

THE CLAPPING PIECE

Chisenhale Dance Space, Blue Elephant Theatre, and Red Gallery, London

2017

The piece invites the audience to be aware of the impact of their presence in the theatrical context. 
A funny and light dance theatre duet challenges the roles ‘performers/observers’ in an unusual way.
Questioning who is being watched and who's giving inspiration? Can the performance exist without the audience and vice versa?

Kuan-Yu Chen (Taiwan) and Marie Chabert (France) are independent dance artists with international collaborating experiences who recently started sharing artistic ideas together. They are interested in audience interaction and reaction, improvisation score, site-specific, challenging conventions and provoking some laughter. 

 

 

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Resolution, London

12 January 2017

 

Moving from place to place

Leaving parts of yourself behind in each new location

Linking you to where you have been

Pulling back to you with sticky tenderness

Choreographer: Kuan-Yu Chen

Performers: Valerie Ebuwa & Yu-Hsien Wu
Composer: Khaya Maseko

 

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