I AM 60
Wen Hui (Bejing)
entrance € 14,00 | reduced € 7,00
Gasteig ALT | Carl-Orff-Saal
01.11. 21:00 – 22:00
02.11. 19:00 – 20:00
Artist talk after the performance on 1.11., moderated by Josef Bairlein (in Chinese with German translation)
In Chinese with German subtitles
Choreographer and dancer Wen Hui's most recent work, I AM 60, is the crystallization of her reflections on her life experience as a woman and artist. She was inspired by the daring representations of women found in a body of silent and early sound films produced by the pioneering studios in Shanghai in the nineteen-thirties. These movies exposed social problems, depicted class divide and struggle, and engaged with the pressing issues in gender politics and national culture. This cinema was strongly influenced by the "New Women“ ideas, which criticized the Confucian patriarchal system and related conservative values, and advocated better educational opportunities and equal rights for women. Many films therefore focus on the presentation of strong and complex female characters with the aim to promote a modern and liberal culture in China. In I AM 60, past and present are brought together as women's bodily experiences of different generations, audio and video recordings, texts, images and oral narratives are condensed and woven into a multimedia documentary dance performance. I AM 60 also engages the burgeoning feminist movement in today’s China, which was confronted with considerable reprisals in recent years.
Choreography | Dance Wen Hui Dramaturgy | Consulting Zhang Zhen Music Wen Luyuan Video Rémi Crépeau | Zhou Xueping Lights | Stage management Romain de Lagarde Stagehead Francisco Linares Administration | Booking Damien Valette Coordination Louise Bailly
In addition to working as a choreographer and dancer, Wen Hui also creates documentary films and installations. In 1989, she completed her choreography studies at the Beijing Dance Academy and then studied Modern Dance in New York with José Limón, Erick Hawkins, and Trisha Brown. Together with the documentary filmmaker Wu Wenguang, she founded the Living Dance Studio in Beijing in 1994, which was the first independent art company in China at that time. Wen Hui was involved in the curation and organisation of numerous artistic projects and has committed herself for 20 years to using theatre as an intervention in society. Since 2008, she has been exploring the functions of the body as an archive for personal and social documentation and experimenting with physical memory.
Since its foundation, the Living Dance Studio has developed into a pioneer in contemporary Chinese art. The company has committed itself to exploring the artistic process openly, to working with artists of all media and disciplines and to creating performances which integrate dance, theatre, and forms of audiovisual art. Its mission is to direct the attention to stories and experiences which we can use to reflect about the past. The Living Dance Studio presented its works at numerous local and global festivals, among them the Venice Biennale, the Shanghai Biennale, the Festival d'Automne de Paris, the Biennale de la Danse de Lyon, the SPIELART theaterfestival Munich, Theater Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, Kampnagel Hamburg, Vienna Festwochen, Singapore Arts Festival etc.
Production and realization
Production Théâtre de la Ville | Living Dance Studio | Damien Valette Prod Coproduction Théâtre de la Ville/Festival d'automne Paris Benefited from a residency at the Théâtre de la Ville - Les Abbesses and particularly thanks the technical team of the Théâtre des Abbesses Laureate of the residency program from the French Institute at the Cité internationale des arts, Paris With support from micadanses-Paris Benefited from a dance studio at the CND Centre national de la danse, Paris With support from the French Institute in China. Realization in collaboration with Goethe-Institut in Beijing