An Evening of Long and Short Works with Alice Cummins, Alan Schacher, WeiZen Ho, Peter Banki, AñA Wojak, Ryuichi Fujimura.
Alice Cummins - Navigating Eternity
I have considered a form of this work happening for the whole duration of the performance evening, like a constant reference – sometimes revealed, sometimes concealed.
The work is about endurance – a constant, unhurried moving, suspended between earth and sky. The enduring work/dance of a lifetime.
Alan Schacher - Share My Coffin
This is a solo movement and sound performance using a cardboard coffin and a trolley. It is over-dramatic or comical, depending.
Peter Banki - Death Denial with the Plush Animal Collective
Plush animals will talk with me about how they think and don’t think about ageing, mortality and death.
Ryuichi Fujimura - How Did I Get Here?
The performance investigates how our perception of time changes as we age, and how we recognize and accept our own mortality as we enter the autumn phase of life.
WeiZen Ho - Stories from the Body #6 – The Intolerable Body
The Stories from the Body performance series is an ongoing life-work which began in 2014.
The series began as a methodology to re-trace lineages that have been disrupted: myths that have been distorted, stories that have been fragmented and rituals half-remembered, as a result of migration, time and language erosion from the South Fujian Province of China to Java, Singapore and Malaysia.
Coming from the premise that all of human living is performed, I choose to activate this process of uncovering, reclaiming and reimagining through my body and its voice – my ancestral template is embedded within my physiological being.
#6 is inspired by mixed imageries and memories:
Hair that my mother’s mother had; long and dark brown-black, up to the day she died in her sixties. My mother also related to me recently that many women in my grandmother’s generation never cut their hair.
The washing of the bodies of my paternal grandparents and my maternal grandmother by a family member, mainly by my uncle who seemed to have been the only family member willing and able to take responsibility for this task. These grandparents died at home. My family home in Melaka, Malaysia.
This will be a 90-minute participatory performance piece that will involve the public and conversation at the end. Ideally it should be situated within the performance night. The idea is to explore the porosity between contemporary concepts of performance, ritual and conversation…
Lamentation - AñA Wojak