Oct 18 & 20, 7pm
DJD Dance Centre Studio Theatre
THAT CH*NK IN Y/OUR ARMOUR
Pam Tzeng (Calgary)
“She says, sh-sh-shh…. tiān hēi hēi. My little china girl, do–do-do-doo”
A raw and slanted portrait of the Asian female lived experience, That ch*nk in y/our armour offers an unsettling and playful exploration of memory, stereotype and the silent truths that lay beneath the skin.
Commissioned by CanAsian Dance for its 2018 KickStart Festival September 27 – 29, 2018, Toronto.
ABOUT PAM TZENG
Pam Tzeng is a Calgary based choreographer and performer. Biologist turned artist, her journey has taken her to create and perform across Canada, Europe, Taiwan, United States and Brazil. Known for creating visceral and animated performances, Tzeng’s practice integrates tools and perspectives from various artistic worlds: contemporary dance, clown, puppetry, theatre and performance art. Coloured by her identity as a Canadian born Taiwanese woman, Tzeng’s work examines the negotiation between cultural borders and the tensions between traditional and contemporary mores within the Canadian “mosaic”.
Tzeng works as a performer, collaborating with independent choreographers and performing arts companies. She is the co-founder of to the AWE – A series of live art and performance, is an active artist producer and advocate for contemporary performance in Alberta.
Choreography: Pam Tzeng
Performance: Su-Lin Tseng, Pam Tzeng and Jamie Tognazzini
Dramaturgy and Mentorship: Lee Su-Feh
Rehearsal Assistant: Linnea Swan
Lighting Design: Nicole Olson Grant-Suttie
Sound Design: Pam Tzeng & Krzyzstof Sujata
Costumes: Bianca Manuel
Commissioned by CanAsian Dance for its 2018 KickStart Festival September 27 – 29, 2018, Toronto. Made possible with the support of Calgary Arts Development, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Canada Council for the Arts, DJD Dance Centre and W&M Dance Projects.
Thank you to Sasha Ivanochko, Nicole Charlton-Goodbrand, Meghann Michalsky, Sylvie Moquin and Chantal Wall for their contributions to research and early creation of this work.
Photo credit: Bon Adriel A.