Do You Speak Chinese?
// recreates identity through language.
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 connection between physicality, language and race, Chiu boldly / recreates identity through language.
Captivating … takes audiences through an array of emotion, drawing them into a world outside of their own.
Choreographed & Performed by / Victoria Chiu in collaboration with Kristina Chan
Music / Mindy Meng Wang
Lighting Designer / Bosco Shaw
Lighting Realisation / Adam Hardy
Paper Artist / Benja Harney
Understudy / Hsin-Ju Chiu
Writer / Lian Low
Dramaturge / Jana Perkovic & Felix Ching Ching Ho
Costume Design / Harriet Oxley
Assistant Director / Roland Cox
Tuesday 17 March, 7pm
Wednesday 18 March, 7pm
Proudly supported by
Presented in association with Dance Massive. Do You Speak Chinese? is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council of the Arts, the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria and Playking Foundation Asian Performing Arts Travel Grant.
Key Image Photography / Andrew Gough
Image Treatment / The Sisters Hayes