From 18 Stanzas Sung to a Tatar Reed Whistle
- Ts’ai Yen, circa 200 AD

 
Work in progress studio photo of Ts’ai Yen and friends in her Han home.

Work in progress studio photo of Ts’ai Yen and friends in her Han home.

 

This new work, a dramatization of a Chinese epic poem written by the woman poet Ts’ai Yen in 200 AD, tells of a young Han woman’s life in a desert Nomad camp after her abduction by the victorious Tatars.

 
Work in progress studio photo of the desert camp

Work in progress studio photo of the desert camp

 

Conceived and constructed by Hanne Tierney . music composed and performed by Jane Wang . video art by Hannah Wasileski  . light design by Trevor Brown  .  voice by Rachel Lu . direction by Phil Soltanoff.

Constructed, stiffened Chinese robes, aluminum siding, roofing material and burlap tents are manipulated into movement and gesture through a performing system of 80 strings by Brook Van Hensbergen and Hanne Tierney.

The work will be on exhibit during gallery hours at FiveMyles in Brooklyn from Sept. 19 – Oct. 5, 2019, and transformed into performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm.

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This work was made possible thanks to the support of the Jim Henson Foundation.

To see a video of the 15 min. self-performing theater piece Baby, said Alice B. Toklos. . . installed and performed at the Knockdown Center in Queens in 2016, click here.