A Snake in the House Means the Family Will Never Want

Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus (artist(s) of colour, visual art)

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  • Watch onDemand (available from 4 August)
  • 25 minutes
  • Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Monica Tolia, in collaboration with Ting-ning Wen
  • Warnings and additional info: Strobe lighting, Strong language/swearing
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Opening with a voice note of the artist’s mother reflecting on overwork, xenophobia and cultural invisibility through the semiotics of the snake and the ingrained tendency of Hek Fu (eating bitterness), the song of Toisanese forms the background to which the duo onstage perform a repetitious choreography suspended between work and ritual. Repetition departs into sensuous animalism, exploring the liberatory potential of learning from, and embodying more than, being human. Wearing sculptural costuming illuminated by light, and shifting form with the dancer’s movements, the performance projects transformational imaginings of cultural/futuristic hybridity.

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