YuNG & OPN (young & open) is a dance work exploring the affect of physical failure and vulnerability during performance. The work shifts between obscure images influenced by the ‘pinkness’ of Taipei and the ‘kitsch Hello Kitty’ culture that surrounds the city to exploring translation and cross cultural (mis)communication.
It is a work that unabashedly references pop-culture, steals from ballet, forces the trained to be un-trained and looks into possible futures for movement and dance through inviting physical failure. It is a solo, performed and facilitated by many. A work of collaboration, exploration and intensity to reveal something personal in the ‘performed’.
YuNG & OPN was developed through a city of Melbourne residency during Dance Massive 2015 and a residency at Taipei Artist Village and CCDC in Taiwan 2015. The work premiered to sold out crowds at the Taipei international Arts Festival as part of a mixed season involving work from the six residency artists from Melbourne and Taipei.
DURATION - 20 minutes
Choreographer/Director/Performer: Natalie Abbott
Collaborators/Performers: Tsung Hsuan Lee, Hsiao-Tzu Tien, Melanie Lane, Peter Fraser
Sound Design: John Parkinson
Dramaturge: Leisa Shelton
Lighting Designer: Govin Ruben
2015 Taipei International Arts Festival