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Photographer Credit: Francesca Chudnoff 

Naishi Wang

http://www.naishi.dance/

Taking Breath

Live on April 28th, 2020 | 2PM EDT

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Artist Statement:

As a 21st century artist, I see working with dance as a form of fundamental linguistic communication in the translation from the body. Movement possesses a bodily linguistic identity, which is also deciphered in terms of cultural influences: gestures of our ways of talking, our ways of walking, our ways of dancing, our ways of singing, and our ways of relating to the world around us. The body experience – memory/feelings provide a means to work through our connection to the past, to what once was “Not To Make Up” but pure honesty that becomes the subject of dance. It becomes into being at the moment and translates the true meaning of what the body feels at the moment. To me, this is the process of translation from the body. Practice/innovate knowledge in dance involves an understanding of what the body is and how it is used based on intention and desire. It is about how an intention can be developed to create a corresponding between what has been subjectively experienced. 

Taking Breath was shown from April 28th – May 4, 2020 and is no longer available for viewing. To learn more about Naishi Wang please visit his website or follow him on social media (links at top of page). Donations towards all artists presented through Citadel Online remain open and can be made via the link found at the bottom of this page.

Artist Statement:

As a 21st century artist, I see working with dance as a form of fundamental linguistic communication in the translation from the body. Movement possesses a bodily linguistic identity, which is also deciphered in terms of cultural influences: gestures of our ways of talking, our ways of walking, our ways of dancing, our ways of singing, and our ways of relating to the world around us. The body experience – memory/feelings provide a means to work through our connection to the past, to what once was “Not To Make Up” but pure honesty that becomes the subject of dance. It becomes into being at the moment and translates the true meaning of what the body feels at the moment. To me, this is the process of translation from the body. Practice/innovate knowledge in dance involves an understanding of what the body is and how it is used based on intention and desire. It is about how an intention can be developed to create a corresponding between what has been subjectively experienced. 

Title: Taking Breath

Year: Bright Nights 2017/18 

Original Dates of Performance: April 11 – 14, 2018 

Concept/Choreography and PerformanceNaishi Wang 

Outside Eye: Paul-André Fortier and Ginelle Chagnon 

Dramaturgy: Ivy Wang and Francoise Hüsges 

Lighting Design: Ivy Wang 

 

Description:

Plastic waste. Climate change. Shortage of fossil fuels. Human consumption. Loss of biodiversity. Marine Life. These are often at the forefront in discussions regarding our impact on the environment. Even when we talk about air, we are concerned about carbon emissions and the consequences such as global warming, melting ice caps and the ozone. Seldom is clean breathable air discussed as it is. Will we run out of breathable air? Breathing – an innate action of taking in air and expelling it from the lungs. Taking Breath brings the subconscious to the conscious, the passive to the active; questioning how we have taken breathing and the air we breathe, for granted. The piece is a choreographic inquiry exploring the multiple facets of breathing in our lives – What is it like without breathing? What is it like with too much breathing? How does breathing affect movement? How does breathing affect our thoughts? When does breathing start to mean something? When does breathing become communication? When does breathing start to matter? When will air start to matter to us? 

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