2018

CHOREOGRAPHER //

 

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1933 MICRO THEATER , SHANGHAI

ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE /

Six dancers from different backgrounds are asked a simple questions ‘Why do you dance?’. Their responses reveal the personal stories of people who choose to follow an unconventional life path.

‘Why?’ is a documentary performance focusing on the niche community of contemporary dancers in Shanghai. The performance is centered on a seemingly simple question ‘Why do you dance?’. This question is not meant to begin a conversation on the love of dance, but more to illuminate the reasons why people have chosen this profession. An art form that links differing cultures through the adopted culture of dance. An audio/visual examination of the lives of six performers from varying backgrounds. We often observe dancers on stage enjoying their storytelling, yet we seldom hear them tell their story.

Why fight to join a profession that doesn't want you? Why break your own bones in the process? Why continue when you are 'too old', 'not good enough', 'don't have the right body'?

Set to a score of personal audio interviews, in a live documentary performance, six performers attempt to answer these questions and share their personal stories of how they got to this point.

We hope these questions encourage the audience to reflect on their own life choices and the path they have chosen.

CAST + CREW 

Dancers : Suzie Mitchel (UK), Pian Pian Li (China), Alex Gomar (UK), Wenting Sun (China), Sam Vaherlehto (Finland) and Anneliese Charek (USA) Choreographer : Anneliese Charek
Sound Artist : Mackey Landy
Stage Manager : Lynn Zhang

 

 

 

CHOREOGRAPHER //

‘THE CIRCUS'

 

A roaming performance inhabits the Festival of Design at Design Republic for one evening. Three performers make the festival their theater, responding to the space and it’s stories, paying homage to eras in design. This site-specific piece uses costumes design by architect / designer Nasim Sehat. Her wearable structures limit and embellish the performers, pushing them to move in a new way. Choreographer Anneliese Charek uses the dancer’s modified form to explore the potential of their movement, embracing the minutiae in movement of the body. In a piece which infiltrates the space, allowing visitors to view the small performances from their chosen perspective. The choreography pays homage to the Bauhaus’s Oskar Schlemmer and his approach to dance and his idea of the human body as ‘ a new artistic medium’.

 

 

On Oskar Schlemmer from ‘Visions of a new World’

 

‘He saw Ballet and pantomime as free from the historical baggage of theater and opera and thus able to present his ideas of choreographed geometry, man(woman) as dancer, transformed by costume, moving in space.’

 

DANCERS : Pian Pian Li (yellow) , Alex Gomar (red), Antonio Montalvo (blue)

 

COSTUME DESIGNER : Nasim Sehat

 

CHOREOGRAPHER + SOUND DESIGNER : Anneliese Charek

 

2017

 

CHOREOGRAPHER + PERFORMER //

HANGZHOU'S 1ST INTERNATIONAL DANCE FESTIVAL

CHOREOGRAPHER //

'THE ACT OF LISTENING' / MINSHENG 21, EXHIBITION: LISTENING TO TRANSPARENCY / 2017

MORE ON THE EXHIBITION

 

CHOREOGRAPHER + PERFORMER //

'WHY?' / POWER STATION OF ART / 2017

WATCH TRAILOR HERE

CHOREOGRAPHER + PERFORMER : COLLABORATION WITH SCULPTOR FLORA VACHEZ (FRANCE)

'SHANGHAI FLOW' / BASEMENT 6 COLLECTIVE / 2017

2016

 

DOCUMENTARY / DANCE FOR CAMERA FILM

‘The Politics of Space:  Creating intangible theater space in Shanghai'

DIRECTOR/VIDEOGRAPHER/EDITOR:  Anneliese Charek

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Shanghai is an immensely populated city with a disproportionate amount of theater space.  What does exits is not easily accessible for independent local artists, especially those working more ‘experimentally’ with performance.  This fact has lead many of these kinds of artists to present their work in alternative spaces, for example:  art galleries and museums, public outdoor space and private residences.  When the element of a traditional theater is taken out of performance, artists need to adapt their creation process and aesthetic choices.  I believe that these restrictions are actually shaping the work of these artists in a profound way.

 

Includes interviews with: Petra Johnson (Germany), Nunu Kong (China), Bruce Ding (China) and features a guerilla performance by SLATE contemporary dance company.

  

DANCERS:  Wu Yaqi, Kara Madden, Julie S.

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CHOREOGRAPHER + PERFORMER /

'WANDER IN ANGER' / VIRGINIE KNIGHT / MINSHENG ART MUSEUM, EXHIBITION: STAGING ALTERITY / 2016

VIEW PERFORMANCE HERE

READ MORE ABOUT 'STAGING ALTERITY' HERE

 

PERFORMER + COLLABORATIVE CHOREOGRAHY/

HUANG FANGLING / ROCKBUND ART MUSEUM RESIDENCY, EXHIBITION : FELIX GONZALEZ TORRES / 2016

MORE ABOUT THE RAM RESIDENCY HERE

AND HERE

'TIME RITE' / HUANG FANGLING / MCAM / 2016

WATCH HERE

ALY ROSE X MOCA / MOCA SHANGHAI / 2016

WATCH

CHOREOGRAPHER + PERFORMER /

TEDX WOMEN / SUZHOU

CHOREOGRAPHER + PERFORMER /

SHANGHAI PROJECT : OPENING CEREMONY / HIMALAYAS ART MUSEUM / 2016

READ MORE ABOUT THE EVENT HERE

'THE MOON AND SIXPENCE' / FILM BY YUAN KERU / 2016

IWEEKLY : VIDEO

2015

'WAKE UP TO DREAM' / CHRONUS ART CENTER / 2016

WATCH

'AS ONE' / RESIDENCY AND CHOREOGRAPHY FOR SUZHOU DANCE COMPANY / MINSHENG ART MUSEUM AND 1933 BUILDING / 2015

INTERVIEW WITH NEOCHA MAGAZINE

WATCH DANCE FOR CAMERA FILM

DOUBLE BILL PERFORMANCE:  NAHASH AND SLATE /  M50, VISION ART CENTER / 2015

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'AS IF TRYING TO CATCH SMOKE' / JUE FESTIVAL / 2015

WATCH

2014

'IN RESPONSE TO: "A SWIMMING POOL THAT CAN STILL HEAR THE OCEAN"' WITH VISION MAGAZINE'S TAGGING ART PROJECT/KTGA WINTER FAIR/DECEMBER 2014

'WHAT IS SEEN'/MINSHENG ART MUSEUM/DECEMBER 2014

WATCH

'THREE MOVEMENTS' WITH BYOB SHANGHAI/1933 BUILDING/NOVEMBER 2014

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