Presented by Malthouse Theatre
‘Do you speak Chinese?’ is a question many Australians are asked every day. Choreographer and dancer Victoria Chiu is a Melbourne girl. She doesn’t speak a Chinese language and the closest thing she has to a Chinese cultural ritual is the odd weekend yum cha session. Nonetheless, people often see her as Chinese.
Developed in collaboration with dancer Kristina Chan, this beautifully choreographed performance plays with the many ways our bodies speak for us, often before we’ve even had a chance to open our mouths.
Artfully exploring the connections between physicality, language and race, Chiu boldly recreates identity through language.
Choreographed & Performed by: Victoria Chiu in collaboration with Kristina Chan
Music: Mindy Meng Wang
Paper Artist: Benja Harney
Assistant Director: Roland Cox
Lighting Designer & Realisation: Bosco Shaw, Adam Hardy
Costume Designer: Harriet Oxley
Dramaturge: Jana Perkovic, Felix Ching Ching Ho
Writer: Lian Low
Key Image Photography: Andrew Gough
Image Treatment: The Sisters Hayes