A performance installation
Inspired by the works of Bacon, Magritte, and Fréger
Choreography devised by Zi Ling and the Company
Best of Brighton Fringe - BN1 Magazine
'This was narrative and interpretive dance of the highest quality'
- London Life and Beyond
'Weird and beautifully performed. The dancers are a marvel to watch'
- The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health Journal
'Intense...inspiring...a must-see piece' - Art Emperor, Taiwan
Set in a Magritte-styled surreal 3-wall room, this performance installation explores how those who have experienced childhood trauma, overcome many difficulties in their adulthood and seek for redemption through faith, love and friendship.
The story is inspired by the MacArthur Story Stem Battery (MSSB) techniques used in psychological studies. MSSB allows researchers and counsellors to understand children's views of their world in a better way. Our narrative follows three adopted children, Natalie, Jack/Jackie and Christopher, who are the survivors of childhood trauma. Natalie was a victim of child neglect and sexual abuse; Christopher lost his parents in an accident; Jack suffered domestic violence from his alcoholic parents. Their close friendship gives them strength and hope. However, the past still haunts. Confused and tormented, where shall they seek for redemption?
The show gives an intriguing cinematic perspective to a narrative dance piece, by using lighting, live music, and conceptual art.
The performance features Alone the heartbreaking cello solo by most celebrated Italian composer Giovanni Sollima and Night Dance by the popular composer Adam Hurst.
Director & Co-Designer Zi Ling
Story & Producer Eldarin Yeong
Co-Designer Tong Zhao
Lighting Designer Sarah Readman (UK)
Ali Hunter (Taiwan)
Composers Carolina Bartumeu, Belle Chen, Giovanni Solima, Adam Hurst, Carol Alfredo Piatti, Johann Sebastian Bach, Kevin MacLeod
Production Manager John Mackinnon (UK)
Steve Simmonds (Taiwan)
Company Stage Manager Caitlin O'Reilly (Taiwan)
Technical Consultant Hanna Tan (Taiwan)
Sarah Wilson (UK)
Photographer James Bellorini
Videographer Jevan Chowdhury
Joe Garbett Jack
Anastasia Kostners Jackie
* The role of Jack/Jackie will be played alternately by the two cast members
Jemma Gould Natalie
James Aiden Kay Christopher
Cellist Carolina Bartumeu
Running Time: 60mins (without interval)
6 - 8 April 2018
The associate film displayed at
5 & 6 May 2018
10 & 12 May 2018
8 June 2018
6 July 2018
17 September 2018
Gulbenkian Theatre, Kent
4 - 5 July 2017
with Special Thanks to:
Mr HuiTao Lin, Ms Qin Yue, Jann Yeong, Rebecca Kadi, Bryan Masterson, Ms Phoebe Zhang, Hua Tan, Mr Alex Ling, Jessica Higgs, Jing Wang, Ms XinYi Shen and Ms Anita Wang