Wen Wei Dance, Made in China
Friday, October 21, 2016 – Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 8pm
Harbourfront Centre Theatre
Made in China is an interdisciplinary performance uniting the talents of four creators/performers whose contemporary art practices have been influenced by China’s Cultural Revolution. Three of the artists, Wen Wei Wang (Artistic Director, Wen Wei Dance); Yanjinzi Gao (Artistic Director, Beijing Modern Dance Company); and Qiu Xia He (Musician, Silk Road Music) grew up in China and studied traditional arts from a young age. Video/sound artist Sammy Chien, who immigrated to Canada from Taiwan, is their younger counterpart. Chien brings a technological thrust to the work, contributing electroacoustic music and digital imagery.
Made in China emerges from the artists’ life stories and shared cultural history. “All my work”, explains Wang, “comes from my experience growing up. But this work is not narrative, and it’s not only about me. It’s about how “made in China” is starting to mean something else. It is about people in China needing art, and producing it.”
Photo and video credit Donald Lee