GHOST__WORLD: a performance for 4 dancers
Location: The Lab (2948 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103)
Tickets: $17 (use code SLASHFANS for discounted $13 tickets)
Saturday, April 27, 2024 | 7pm | Click here to purchase tickets
Sunday, April 28, 2024 | 5pm | Click here to purchase tickets

GHOST__WORLD: a performance for 4 dancers is built on choreography originating in first-hand interviews with electronics and e-waste workers in South China (conducted by Liu in fall 2022). An overwhelming sense of disconnection and dim prospects are routed through references to a number of traditions, including Chinese Lion Dance, Butoh, and the synchronized dances of “frog mothers” — illegal street vendors wearing inflatable frog costumes, selling frog-shaped balloons — a viral sensation throughout Asia in 2023. This piece considers life as a ghost trapped in a phone, fragmented inside a digital purgatory, the border between a real body and light dancing on the screen. The performance features dancers Tracey Lindsay Chan, SanSan Kwan, Miche Wong, Áine Dorman, and AR and projection mapping by Espii Studios. Following the approximately half-hour performances, Jen Liu will join GHOST__WORLD exhibition curator Tanya Zimbardo and guest speakers in conversation. April 27 will feature Cathy Park Hong, writer and professor at UC Berkeley, and on April 28, Vanessa Chang, director of programs, Leonardo / ISAST.

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Jen Liu (she/they) is a New York-based visual artist working in video, painting, performance, sculpture and biomaterial, on diasporic Asian identities, postcolonial economies, and the re-motivating of archival artifacts. In her most recent work, she’s used genetic engineering and dark encryption to reframe firsthand accounts of electronics workers, and created semi-speculative scripts from corporate brochures and industrial manuals. She is a professor of film/video at Bennington College as well as a regular visiting critic in Columbia University’s Visual Arts MFA.

Áine Dorman is a dancer, educator, and designer of Chinese American and Irish descent. She is native to San Francisco, where she trained at the San Francisco Ballet and Westlake School for the Performing Arts before graduating from UC Irvine with a Bachelor’s in Dance and Public Health Sciences. She has trained in San Francisco, Chicago, New York, and Berlin. Her endeavors have led her to dance with Eisenhower Dance Detroit, the Detroit Opera, and most recently ODC/Dance. Áine is a fashion and costume designer under her design brand Undercurve where she explores design as a means to abstractly connect movement back to the community.

Born and raised in the Bay Area, Miche Wong is a dancer, educator, and choreographer. Seasoned in that order, it’s led her to dance with Guangdong Modern Dance Company, Garret +Moulton Productions, Santa Barbara Dance Theater, Ziru Dance, LevyDance, Capacitor, and Flyaway Productions. Living and working across cultures and borders has influenced her experience-based practice that comes forward when she dances and teaches. She works with a swath of energy and levity influenced by the ups and downs of the human process. Miche’s choreographic work has been shown at the Beijing International Dance Festival, Silicon Valley Dance Festival, Asian Art Museum, amongst other local museums and theaters. She joined ODC/Dance in 2019.

SanSan Kwan is professor and chair in the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies at UC Berkeley, where she teaches dance and dance studies. She has danced with Lenora Lee Dance for over ten years. Previously, she worked with Chen and Dancers, Maura Nguyen Donohue/In Mixed Company, Joanna Mendl Shaw, Scott Rubin, and Jonathon Appels, among others. SanSan also performs dance research. Her most recent book is Love Dances: Loss and Mourning in Intercultural Collaboration (Oxford UP, 2021) (de la Torre Bueno© Award, Isadora Duncan Dance Award).

In high school, Tracey Lindsay Chan fell in love with dance. However, it became sporadic in the following decade as she obtained her B.S. (Textiles), M.S. (Human Factored Design), and developed a career in global research at Google. In 2021, Tracey decided to commit to dance, a lifelong love on the back burner. She left her job and dove into training. In early 2024, she premiered her first project PANELS, a horror-esque dance film on grief, to a sold out audience at the historic Great Star Theater in her hometown: San Francisco. Looking ahead, she aims to establish herself as a choreographer and director across mediums.

Sadah Espii Proctor (she/hers/Espii) is a VR director and sound/media designer for theatre and immersive experiences. Named by American Theatre Magazine in 2018 as one of “6 Theatre Artists to Know” for multimedia storytelling, and a recipient of the Barrymore Award for Outstanding Media Design, her work encompasses global stories of women, social issues, and the African Diaspora, often with an Afrofuturist/Cyberpunk lens. Her original work is also influenced by gothic horror, anime, and visual kei. She received her M.F.A. in Performance and Interactive Media Arts from Brooklyn College and is a proud alumna of Virginia Tech.

Jen Liu’s GHOST__WORLD: a performance for 4 dancers is a Hewlett 50 Arts Commission organized by / (Slash) and co-presented with The Lab in San Francisco. The production was made with further support from Creative Capital, Gray Area, UC Berkeley Center for New Media, and the UC Berkeley Art Practice Department. GHOST__WORLD: a performance for 4 dancers will premiere on the occasion of Jen Liu: GHOST__WORLD, a related solo exhibition curated by Tanya Zimbardo, on view from April 13 through August 24, 2024 at / (Slash) in San Francisco.

Thanks to: Cora Cliburn, Mia Chong, Corey Chan, Kat G Cole, Alex Huang, Edgar Garcia, Kimi Okada, Dena Beard, Việt Lê, Shisanwu, Lenora Lee, Megan Lowe, and / (Slash) team of Tuğçe Evirgen Özmen, Efe Özmen, Ana İpek Saygı, and Maxine Schoefer-Wulf.