Woven 織 (Sponsored by Shanghai New Art Festival)
--- for an actor, pipa, electric bass, drum sets, glass instruments, electronics, and interactive visuals
Through the performance, the actress is accumulating wearable artifacts that embody the binaries of past/present, male/female, east/west. These artifacts are arranged in specific groupings at different locations on stage. Each group of artifacts embodies a different mix of binaries and the performer is tasked with integrating the materials and their concepts into her evolving character throughout the performance.
The audience is understood by the performer as a mirror upon which she tries to organize and understand her multilayered persona. At the conclusion of the piece, the actress joins the audience, takes a seat, and photographs the scene that she has recently departed.
Composer-Director: Weilu Ge
Multimedia Artist: Maya+Rouvelle
Pipa: Yiming Feng
Actress: Wenling Zhao
Drum Sets: Tianyi Zhang
Electric bass: Jiawei Zhang
Glass Instruments: James Rouvelle
Live video/PTZ Camera: Lili Maya
Sound Mixing (Duanjun Theatre): Matthias Erb
We respond we adapt, we change and through that process we become amalgamations of one
another across time and space. An ancient force propels us. It weaves us
together, connecting past and present, male and female, East and West, known and unknown.
Our project is about this energy. Spanning binaries, it is an enduring, essential, ancient force that
builds social cohesion as it fosters individuality.
But we must do our part to both weaves and to allow ourselves to be woven and to permit the
the process to live within and around us; otherwise, things unravel and we become lost in piles of
Glass instruments were made during a residency in the glass studio of China Academy of Art.