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Jen Liu: GHOST__WORLD: a performance for 4 dancers

April 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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An olive green background has the texture of fabric and is interspersed with light and dark pink pixels that emerge from a headshot image centered in the graphic. The headshot contains a person with long black straight hair and a black shirt standing in front of a white and pink background. Centered over the image is the title "GHOST__WORLD: a performance for 4 dancers". Additional text below the image reads: "Saturday, April 27, 2024 at 7pm (performance + artist in conversation with Cathy Park Hong) and Sunday, April 28, 2024 at 5pm (performance + artist in conversation with Vanessa Chang). Location: The Lab. Tickets: $17 (discounted or free for The Lab members)."

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.

*Please find The Lab’s accessibility information here. For inquiries about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please email anthony@thelab.org or thelabsf@thelab.org by April 21, 2024.

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