Global Conversations | Sinophone Experimental Performance (Zoom, Online)

by Illuminations: The Chancellor's Arts & Culture Initiative

Lecture Arts Cinema Global

Wed, Apr 19, 2023

4 PM – 5:20 PM PDT (GMT-7)

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Transnational collaboration, flexible citizenship, and ambiguous identity can be seen as the “side effects” of globalization. In the twenty-first century, many artists of Chinese ethnicity residing in different parts of the world challenge the conventional definition of political, national, ethnic, and cultural “Chineseness.” “Sinophone” is a relatively new term that aims to go beyond the political and national boundaries and to include the multiple and flexible identities and ideologies. Sinophone performance, therefore, includes performances outside of China that are related to and inspired by, or interrogate and reflect on issues related to Chineseness or non- Chineseness. 

River Lin (Taiwan), Xiaoyi Liu (Singapore), Chong Wang (China) are some of the most prolific and daring artists today whose work challenge the notions of cultural and national identities and seek to break artistic boundaries. The event will feature brief talk by each artist and a conversation with Daphne Lei, the Director of Illuminations about their work, concerns, and dreams.

River Lin is a performance artist and curator from Taiwan working across the contexts of visual art, dance and queer culture. He is Shortlisted Artist for the Live Art Prize in 2022. His work is seen around the world, such as in Centre Pompidou, Palais de Tokyo, Lafayette Anticipations, Centre National de la Danse (Paris), KANAL Centre Pompidou (Brussels), Live Art Development Agency (London).

Xiaoyi Liu is the Artistic Director of Emergency Stairs in Singapore. A curator, actor, playwright and director committed to breaking artistic boundaries and advocating for intercultural collaborations, he is regarded as one of the most promising figures at the forefront of the experimental theatre scene in Asia. He received the Young Artist Award by the National Arts Council, Singapore’s highest honor for young artists (2016). He is also the artist-in-residence at Zuni Icosahedron in Hong Kong since 2021.

Wang Chong is the founder and artistic director of Théâtre du Rêve Expérimental based in Beijing. Renowned internationally for his multimedia and documentary theatre experiments, his works have been performed in 20 countries. Wang’s award winning productions include The Warfare of Landmine 2.0 (Festival/Tokyo Award winner, 2013); Lu Xun (Best Performance of the Year, The Beijing News, 2016); and Teahouse 2.0 (One Drama Award winner 2017).


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