<< ⼀ >> is a new choreographic work that draws from artist Shian Law’s history of practising calligraphy, which they have studied since they were six years old. Pronounced as yī, ⼀ is the horizontal stroke that is the foundational mark in Chinese brush calligraphy. This personal, cultural practice is the entry point to a dance that unpacks the relationship between language, writing, thinking – and seeks to find some answers to the troubles of being a polyglot.
With SA collaborators, lighting designer Matthew Adey and visual artist Jingwei Bu, the team will use Adhocracy for practice-based exchange while exploring key ideas in the work such as how aesthetic inscription of the Chinese language creates sensations for words, encodes ideas from different branches of knowledge, and requires different types of physical labour.
Lead artist – Shian Law
Collaborating artists – Matthew Adey and Jingwei Bu
Image: Peter Rosetzky