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Photo by Ivy Wang

Face to Face

April 20-23, 27-30, 2022
8PM @ The Citadel
Tickets: Not Currently Available
World Premiere

Co-produced by FTA – Festival TransAmériques.

Bright Nights Presents

Face to Face
Choreographed by Naishi Wang

In an effective conversation the following elements are involved: changes in facial expression and tone, body movements and gestures – all expressed in a face-to-facemanner. But what about online? Are you really going to kiss me when you send a kiss emoji?

Face to Face is a conceptual dance/body theatre duet created and performed by Naishi Wang with Lukas Malkowski. Exploring the complexity of human emotions in real space by looking at emoji characters in cyber reality, the work seeks to find connections through nonverbal forms of communication.

Run time is approximately 60 minutes.

Meet the Artists

Photo of Naishi Wang Photo by Hans Michael Lenz

Naishi Wang

Choreographer / Performer

Naishi Wang was born in Changchun, China and while still young settled in Toronto, Canada. He is inspired by the rich culture of his Chinese heritage, which influences his choreographic creations. As an award-winning performer and choreographer, Wang’s development aligns with his belief that the performing arts can help us see new, real and imaginary perspectives.

Central to his work is the questioning of how to open up new realms of perception. His rigorous practice centres intertwining approaches from “communication” to “translation” from a somatic and conceptual point of view expressed through repetition, contortions, waving, pulsing, and shaking. Naishi is currently artist in residence at The Citadel, Harbourfront Centre, TO Live, Laboratory for Artistic Intelligence and Dance 4 (UK). His recent work has received additional support through Les Respirations du FTA (20-21) and The CanDance Network’s Creation Fund (20-21).

Photo of Lukas Malkowski Photo by Alvin Collantes

Lukas Malkowski


Lukas Malkowski is a CODA (Child of Deaf Adult), Dance Artist, choreographer and Aquarius from Toronto, currently based in Berlin. Since attaining his BFA in Dance Performance at Ryerson University, he has worked with Wang Ramirez, Staatsballett Berlin, Sasha Waltz, Peggy Baker, Toronto Dance Theatre, Jasmine Ellis, Diane Borsato, Kate Hilliard, Adelheid, Mocean Dance, and Deaf Spectrum.

He has performed in Babylon Berlin, a hollywood feature film (TBA), the Rodeo Festival (Munich), Holland Dance Festival, and Cervantino Festival (Mexico). Lukas’s choreography is shaped by embodiment, physics, and languages. He has choreographed live performances and music videos for techno musicians LBT and Luke Slater. His teaching practice is driven by social dialogue and physics embodiment using sight and touch. His contact practice with Dana Pajarillaga deals with interrelation, compassion, and non-hierarchical partnering technologies. He has taught in Toronto, Berlin, and Mexico City.

Show Credits

Concept, choreography and performance by: Naishi Wang
Created and performed with: Lukas Malkowski
Concept and video design: Ivy Wang
Assistant Video Designer: 
Henry Mak
Music and sound design:
Wen Yang Ho
Lighting Designer: Chris Malkowski
Outside Eye: Ginelle Chagnon
Costume Designer: Adam X
Stage Manager: A.J. Morra

Management and Representation: Dance Umbrella of Ontario
Co-Producers: Festival TransAmériques, Citadel + Compagnie
Funders: Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for The Arts and FTA – Festival TransAmériques.

Artist Notes

Face To Face was created before the pandemic ☠️, with the pure intention 🤔 to demand the body 🥵 to explore the complexity 🎭 of contemporary “emotions” 😱 in a digital format 😁 and how this changes our real-life communications 🤝. Practising patiently 😾 as we return to bodily emotions 👀🫀👂and sensations 👄👅 to create a sense of awareness 🧠💡 connecting ourselves to all others 🐣🦉🐺🐙🌎🌝🌞🌼💨🌊. Our emotions change like the seasons. As every winter becomes spring, so does every sadness 😭, blossom into happiness 😊.

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