An Evening of Long and Short Works with Alan Schacher, WeiZen Ho, Peter Banki, AñA Wojak, Ryuichi Fujimura.
Alan Schacher - Share My Coffin
This is a solo movement and sound performance using a cardboard coffin and a trolley. It is over-dramatic or comical, depending.
Peter Banki - Death Denial with the Plush Animal Collective
Plush animals will talk with me about how they think and don’t think about ageing, mortality and death.
Ryuichi Fujimura - How Did I Get Here?
The performance investigates how our perception of time changes as we age, and how we recognize and accept our own mortality as we enter the autumn phase of life.
WeiZen Ho - Stories from the Body #6 – The Intolerable Body
The 'Stories from the Body' performance series began in 2014 as a methodology to re-trace lineages that have been disrupted: myths that have been distorted, stories that have been fragmented and rituals half-remembered, as a result of migration, time and language erosion from the South Fujian Province of China to Java, Singapore and Malaysia.
Coming from the premise that all of human living is performed, I choose to activate this process of uncovering, reclaiming and reimagining through my body and its voice – my ancestral template is embedded within my physiological being.
#6 is inspired by mixed imageries and memories:
Hair that my mother’s mother had; long and dark brown-black, up to the day she died in her sixties. My mother also related to me recently that many women in my grandmother’s generation never cut their hair.
The washing of the bodies of my paternal grandparents and my maternal grandmother by my uncle, the only family member willing and able to take responsibility for this task. These grandparents died at home - my family home in Melaka, Malaysia.
I introduce the use of full-length batik fabric, which is the first thing that covers a dead body, an act of ritual carried out in the spiritual folk-culture of the Malays.
This will be a participatory performance piece that explores the porosity between contemporary concepts of performance, ritual and conversation.
Lamentation - AñA Wojak
The /Lamentation/ performance cycle addresses our human propensity to oppress and destroy each other in the name of righteous morality, justifying forms of hegemony that also damage our precious planet.It is a howling prayer of despair for the blind self-destructive inhumanity of humanity.
The performers will be joined by:
Phillippa Murphy-Haste is a multi-instrumentalist based between Malmö, Sweden, and Sydney, Australia. She specialises in clarinets and saxophones.
Sam Gill is a saxophonist & composer based in Sydney. His music explores the intersections of composed and improvised music, establishing a number of bands including Coursed Waters, Scattered and Mind on Fire. He is currently completing a Master of Performance Research degree at Sydney Conservatorium of Music. In addition to his saxophone work, he also plays clarinet.
Simon Ferenci is a Sydney-based trumpeter who has been a finalist in the National Jazz Awards in 2003, 2010 and now 2017. He regularly performs in Sydney, as well as around Australia and internationally. As a member of the award-winning Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra, he has also performed with many leading international jazz musicians including Grammy winner Maria Schneider (US) and nominees Darcy James Argue (US) and Chris Potter (US).