Metamorphosis, the second instalment of I Am the Silk Road by composer Mindy Meng Wang, uses modern composition method, western musical instruments, electronic music samples, Chinese folk music, religious music, ancient court music and opera elements. It seeks true harmony and to connect eastern and western music by taking elements of Chinese philosophy and arts into a contemporary context that reflects Wang’s cross-cultural life experience. Wang is a guzheng virtuoso and part of a significant movement of Chinese musicians redefining their musical traditions while at the same time reinvigorating them.
Like the Silk Road in ancient times, this project is a space where cultures meet and intermingle, trading culture and ideas.
Composed and performed by Mindy Meng Wang
Arranged and orchestrated by Jem Savage
Contra Bass: Sam Pankhurst
Bass Trombone, Shakuhachi: Adrian Sherriff
Electronic Guitar, Saxophone: Jem Savage
Percussion: Matthias Schack-Arnott
Violin: Lizzy Welsh
Funded by Australian Council of Arts and commissioned by CSIAF.
BEYOND THE STILLNESS
The inspiration for the choreography of this performance is the concept of ‘stillness’ from Eastern Aesthetics. Stillness is a delicate state of balance. The surface may appear placid, but a violent confrontation is taking place underneath. The language of the dancers’ movements tells the hidden fluctuations occurring beneath a seemingly calm surface, and the constant adjustments maintaining a composed appearance.
Like walking on a balance beam, the dancers are constantly pulled by two opposing forces. Eventually, their struggles lead to an enlightenment. They are reconciled with both themselves and the multitude of reality and regain a clear and empty state of mind.
Presented by Multicultural Arts Victoria and the China Shanghai International Arts Festival.
Choreographer: Zheng Jie
Producer & guzheng performance: Mindy Meng Wang
Music Producer: Fu Te
Stage Design: Liu Haifei
Lighting Design: Chen Xiaji
Costume Design: De Jing
Visual Design: Gong Jue / DATESE Studio
Copywriter: Tang Mengjie
Performers: Gu Xiaochuan, Hu Jing, Zhao Wuyue, Li Lin
13 Dec 2018 (Thursday), 7 PM
The Coopers Malthouse, Beckett Theatre
113 Sturt St, Southbank VIC 3006
Wheelchair accessible venue.
Tickets: $35 (Full) | $25 (Concession) via Malthouse.
This event is affiliated with the Companion Card initiative.
Metamorphosis & Beyond The Stillness is presented as part of Mapping Melbourne 2018.
Image courtesy the artist.