Australian artist Victoria Chiu has been selected to undertake Shanghai’s Rockbund Art Museum’s new Live@RAM 10-day artist in residency program for performative art from 28 July to 7 August. As part of the residency, Chiu will present two shows at RAM on Sunday, 7 August with the residency and performances contributing to a full-length new contemporary dance work ‘What Happened In Shanghai’ to be premiered in its entirety in Melbourne in 2017.
“This invitation is the perfect opportunity for me to find the best aesthetic between movement and video projection that WHIS asks for. It will significantly deepen both my movement practice and cross cultural creative dialogue on an international platform in China,” says Chiu.
The development of this work has been closely supported by Multicultural Arts Victoria.
Melbourne-based Chiu began researching this work on a Playking Foundation Asian Travel Grant in January 2015. With Creative Victoria funding she was then able to develop it further by performing at the China Shanghai International Arts Festival (CSIAF) RAW!Land program and undertake a three-day intensive with Shanghai-based collaborators in October 2015, followed by another period of development with the whole cast in Shanghai in April this year.
It was during the April creative development period that the Rockbund Art Museum producers saw the showing of this development and subsequently selected Chiu for their new Live@RAM Artist in Residency.
During Live@RAM Chiu will work alongside Shanghai dancers Lui YaNan, video artist Guo JinXin and Electronic Musician Ma HaiPing. Following this in October, together with the Shanghai dancers and Australian dancers, Kristina Chan and Gabrielle Nankivell, the Australian/Chinese team will perform at the Nu-Art Festival in Sichuan, China from 1-3 October and at the Shanghai Technology Showcase from 9-12 October. The final work will take place in Melbourne, leading into a premiere season in 2017.
“To have such a prestigious invitation to perform at the Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai and the NU-ART Festival Sichuan is a real credit to the contemporary cross-cultural work of Victoria Chiu and her creative team. Multicultural Arts Victoria proudly supports work inspired by our artists from the Chinese diaspora that explores identity and challenges the Australian cultural narrative,” says Jill Morgan AM, CEO, Multicultural Arts Victoria.
EVENT: Live@RAM—Artist in Residency Program for Performative Art
DATES: Thursday 28 July to Sunday 7 August
PUBLIC SHOWING DATE: Sunday 7 August
VENUE: Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, China