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Triaspora (Vancouver) 2007

“East Meets West in blend of traditions” – North Shore News – September 21, 2007
“East Meets West in three ways mixing Triaspora” – The Vancouver Sun – September 20-26, 2007
“A whole new breed” – The Georgia Straight – September 13-20, 2007
“Chinese Music, Dance at Chan” – NewsLeader – August 30, 2007
“This Orchid blossoms” – The Province – September 19, 2007

A cultural exploration of the Chinese Immigrant experience through music, dance and interactive multimedia Triaspora incorporates Asian traditions with contemporary expression, filling the theatres with an exhilarating mix of style, movement and sound. Triaspora draws on numerous insightful interviews from different generations of Chinese Canadians, while examining the search for cultural identity and social acceptance.

Triaspora reflects the crossing of three disciplines – music, dance and multimedia, and incorporates the three themes – fire, water and travel. Water, which at one time covered Vancouver’s Chinatown and carried the immigrants to this “new” country, symbolizes their emergence from a repressed world to a new frontier. Like water, which changes its form in natural cycles, the Chinese community continues to transform and renew with each generation. The fire that burned down Nanaimo’s Chinatown in 1960 is also a symbol of rebirth. Traveling is a familiar reality for the immigrant generation. Canada’s economic lifeline – highway 401 and Steve Reich’s famous composition Different Trains inspired the music for the final theme.

Choreography/Dance – Jessica Jone & Chenxing Wei of Moving Dragon Dance Company
Media Artists – Kenneth Newby & Aleksandra Dulic of Flicker Arts Collaboratory
Composers – Michael Vincent, Jin Zhang, Mark Armanini & Yawen Wang
Lighting designer – Kimberly Plough
Technical and Stage Manager – Katherine Redekop
Costume Design – Linda Chow
producer – Lan Tung

Orchid Ensemble co-presentation with the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
Lan Tung – erhu & vocals
Jonathan Bernard – percussion
Geling Jiang – zheng