A live performance, installation by CHEN Zhenglang (Fine Arts in Dance (Choreography), The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts), Lena SEEFRIED, (Art Education Curatorial Studies, Zurich University of the Arts), LEI Xuan (Fine Arts in Dance (Choreography), The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts), Milos STOLIC, (Fine Arts, Zurich University of the Arts) at McaM Shanghai.
Welcome to my live-播间 is a real time performance that will be live streamed using the performers’ private social media channels such as tiktok or instagram. The performance is a reaction of how nowadays identity circulates through social media and how easily identities can be adopted. How are traditional aspects translated into these new forms of identification? What will the younger generation leave behind? What will be appropriated from outside and proclaimed as their new identity?
Based on the performers different cultural and artistic background they reflect on their personal search for identity. Through their transcultural approach the artists use make-up and dance movements to reveal the similarities of traditional Chinese dance and other subcultures, such as the queer community. By merging these different spheres and their visual codes, the performance sparks critical debate on the ideas of beauty standards and social phenomenas.
The group consisted of professional and non-professional dancers. In the beginning it was important to build a basis of movements by rehearsing together in a dance studio. The concept of the work was built in the first week. Everybody brought their own research with them. Through a lot of exchanging and active listening the group agreed on a topic about identity, own background and social phenomenas. Exploring make-up, different dance styles and videos from social media the group got to know each other.