performance & dance
performance & theatre

Invisible Harmony

Bear witness to East Asian political resistance through poetry, spoken word and dance that refuses to yield.

Choreographer Julia Cheng (creative director of dance collective the House of Absolute) and playwright Daniel York Loh (Forgotten, The Good Immigrant) take on the politics of oppression and protest in the region.

This collage of multi-disciplinary expression is a howl of pain from one of the most censored, silenced and sanitised ethnic groups on the planet.

As the diaspora ruptures and the world wakes to the raging fire in Asia, this piece asks how much freedom matters and what East Asians will risk and sacrifice for it.

Is freedom a panacea, or an overrated Western value?

How much do Asian bodies and Asian lives figure in the minds and consciences of people in the West, of Asian leaders, and to each other?

Who will stand with us?

Who will care?

When the stench of the tear gas fades away and the baton charge subsides, what will we see on our small screen and what will survive?

Produced by Papergang Theatre, this collaboration between Julia Cheng, Daniel York Loh, performance artist enxi, director Kim Pearce, sound designer Nicola Chang and lighting designer Simisola Majekodunmi is a powerful blend of poetry, spoken word and dance.

The piece is followed by a panel discussion on images of East Asian political resistance.

Presented as part of CAN Festival 2020.

Dates & times

4 Feb 2020
Approximate run time: 90 mins
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Purcell Room


£15 - £18
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)
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