After more than 2 years, Sammy Chien & Dong Mei are finally presenting their co-choreographed performance work, Flow(er). The idea behind the project was a bit wild; and, at the time, most of presenters didn’t see Sammy as a choreographer. They also didn’t know who Dong Mei was (a new immigrant dance artist from Beijing, but a pretty big deal in China). But, yeah, Sammy choreographs dance work, when he’s not making video projections!
Dong Mei moved here a few years ago and wanted to talk about her experience as a new immigrant in Vancouver. After meeting an old immigrant like Sammy, they had a lot to chat about: Migration, decolonization, hyper-modernization, racism, cultural preservation, the list goes on… They formed a dope, POC/queer cast, with a super limited budget, integrated qi gong, hip hop and traditional Chinese folk dance with interactive new media technology to tell their stories. Projecting voices that might be a bit outside of the Euro-centric narrative.
We’d like to invite you to come see the premiere of Flow(er). Experimental love and sweat that is fresh out of the soil.
September 27, 2018 @ 1:00 & 8:00pm
Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island
412 Cartwright St, Vancouver, BC
Presented by: New Works
Co-created by Dong Mei (Dong Mei Dance) and Sammy Chien (Chimerik似不像), Flow(er) 蓅 is a contemporary new media dance performance that deals with themes of migration, modernization, ethnic heritage and decolonization.
The work seeks to bridge the gap that exists between traditional and contemporary forms of art making by integrating digital technologies and street dance with Chinese traditional folk dance from the disappearing tribe Uyghur in the Xinjiang province of China and Qi Gong, a traditional Taoist practice connecting with the energy of our body to shift its movement and flow.
”蓅“是來自冬梅(Dong Mei Dance) 和Sammy Chien(Chimerik似不像)的共同創作, 以當代中國舞與新媒體藝術的表演形式, 涉及移民, 社會化, 民族文化遺產和後殖民主義的關係. 這次作品通過科技, 街舞, 氣功,中國漢族舞和新疆維吾爾族舞蹈的結合, 建立傳統與當代形式之間的橋樑, 開啟另一個對靈魂訴說的窗口.
Co-Choreography/Creation: Dong Mei & Sammy Chien
Lights, Media & Sound Design: Chimerik 似不像 (Jonathan Kim, Andie Lloyd & Sammy Chien)
Ceramic artist: Wei Cheng
Rehearsal Director: Sophia Wolfe
Outside Eye: Alvin Tolentino
Production Coordinator: Manzhao Liu
Project Consultant: Kristina Lemieux/Scaffold
Initial Workshop Contributors:
Keith Lorenz Santos
MACHiNENOiSY Dance Society/Left of Main
The Dance Centre
Dance In Vancouver
Wen Wei Dance
New Works’ wonderful staffs