I am 60

Wen Hui

Künstler*innenhaus Mousonturm, Saal

Wed. Nov. 9 | 8 p.m.
Thu. Nov. 10 | 8 p.m.
Chinese with German surtitles

Wed. Nov. 9 Meet the Artists after the performance
Thu. Nov. 10 | 7.30 Audience Warm-up

Duration: 60 min.
Choose your ticket price: €7 / €11 / €20 / €35

“When I looked at family photographs, I was surprised how few photos there were of me and my parents, compared with how many there were of my brother. Was this because I was a girl, and therefore insignificant?”

In her solo I am 60, Wen Hui, pioneer of independent Chinese dance theater, uses photographic and film material to explore her own story and that of her female relatives – their wounds, influences and strengths. Wen Hui tells of personal and social discrimination, as well as movements towards women’s emancipation like that of the golden age of Chinese cinema in the 1930s, when female figures weren’t just attractive decor but active in their own right. I am 60 juxtaposes historical footage with private documents, statistical facts and interviews with personal memories. Between them Wen Hui lightly dances, like a reed in the wind. She brings together present and past, and gives a space to the physical experiences of women from different generations.

Choreography, dance: Wen Hui
Dramaturgy: Zhang Zhen
Music: Wen Luyuan
Video: Rémi Crépeau, Zhou Xueping
Lighting, stage technology: Romain de Lagarde
Technical management: Francisco Linares
Administration, booking: Damien Valette 
Coordination: Louise Bailly

 

A production by Théâtre de la Ville, Living Dance Studio and Damien Valette Prod, in co-production with the Théâtre de la Ville / Festival d’automne Paris. Supported by a residency at the Théâtre de la Ville – Les Abbesses. Thanks to the technical team of the Théâtre des Abbesses. Prizewinner of the residence program of the Institut français at the Cité Internationale des Arts Paris, with the support of Micadanses Paris. Funded by the CND Centre National de la Danse Paris, supported by the Institut français in China. Realized in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut in Beijing.