來到這個階段，還有數天就是這個Work in progress 第一階段的公開展示，對，不是演出---雖然看起來有點像---但實際是，作品在第一階段並未就聲音及影像方面探討，身體及物質的關係仍有相當大的實驗空間，對我來說，這也是對於一般創作模式追求表演性成果的一次反思，我們更期望觀者成為這個作品孵化過程中的參與者，這些，都留待這次Presentation後，我們希望遇上有心人，一起發展作品的Second Stage。到時，會不會又出現另一次「平行對話」、「平行影像」、「平行聲音」、「平行物質」的契機？
Inspired by a short story of the same name by Gabriel García Márquez, Chloe finds there are so many ways to deceive people and ourselves from Artificial Roses. One could choose taking beautiful illusions until the reality hits. And now, let’s put down the book and look at where we are… Chloe, Sonia and Eva explore physical aesthetics and artificial material through the complementary, clash, stimulation and alienation of ‘text-body-media’ . This process-oriented work tries to scout a new body related language.
Chloe, choreographer and independent producer of dance performances in various genres, artistic director of Concept Pulse Studio, curator of Rollout Dance Film Festival, and creative producer of Heritage Stroll with Poetry Series. She graduated from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, major in Master of Arts in Cultural Management. Chloe has recently performed in Songs of Migrants and Double Bill by Hiroaki Umeda in the 28th Macao Arts Festival. She has recently choreographed dance theatre “Wander Girls on Tour”, “Whispers in the Dreams”, and a dance video “Wander-Land”. She has presented dance theatre MOP in Macao Arts Festival 2014, and the 19th International Contemporary Dance Conference & Performance Festival in Poland. Since 2009, had her touring performances as a dancer for an Ink – Water – Movement – Theatre ‘Playing Landscape’ to Beijing, Seoul, Edinburgh Fringe, Portugal, and Cape Verde, etc.
Sonia Lao Choreographer/Performer
Specialising in modern dance and choreography, Sonia was a former student of The Macau Academy of Performing Arts Dance School in Modern Dance Three-year Course and Advanced Contact Improvisation Course. She is also keen on performing which includes musical, environment theater and other forms of performances and creation. In 2014, she participated in the UNITYGATE culture exchange platform as a dancer in Portugal, and was also invited by the Guangdong Dance Festival for a solo dance performance Delusion. Besides, she has done a few different special performances in Hong Kong and shanghai. Apart from above, Sonia has taken part in diverse local shows as a dancer, which including Double Bill by Hiroaki Umeda that was performed at the Macao Arts Festival 2017, Refection that was part of the Macao Arts Festival 2015, as well as the dance theatre Wander Girls On Tour. Her recent works include the dance theatre Artificial Roses, the solo dance Delusion and the monodrama Black Box.
Eva Cheong Choreographer/Performer
Eva, an independent dancer and performs in various genres, has trained in the Macao Conservatory in Chinese dance and contemporary dance and street dance at The Dance Studio Macao (TDSM). In recent years, she participated in different workshops and performances, namely “Ta Ge” (Stamping Songs) with Institute of Chinese Classical Dance Han Tang and the opening street dance with TDSM in the 2016 and 2014 Parade through Macao, Latin City respectively; dance pieces “Artificial Roses”, “Wander Girls on Tour 2.0”, “Dancing to the Sound of Naamyam” (The 25th Macau Art Festival), “Eyes On” (Macau Conservatory), “Around Macau”; and theatrical work “Faithful decision” (Macau; Beijing), “Back to the World of Don Quixote” and “On Fire S.H.E.” Graduated with a Master in Translation and Interpreting from University of Westminster, she has great interest in fashion design and presents her costume and pros design debut in “Wander-Land” in Rollout Dance Film Festival co-organized by Ieng Chi Dance Association, Point View Art Association and Concept Pulse Studio.
Calvin Lam Lighting & Visual Designer
Calvin is a theatre artist, mainly responsible for being the stage manager, lighting design and assistance. He has collaborated lighting design projects with Horizon Macau, Dirks Theatre Arts Association, Hiu Kok Theatre, Point View Art Association, The Dancer Studio Macao, Violet Dance Association, Stella and Artists, Ieng Chi Dance Association, Four Dimension Spatial, Macao City Fringe Festival, and many more.He is also the stage manager for Playing Landscape 2012~2013 (Point View Art Association), A Town with False Reputation (Hiu Kok Theatre), and A Doomed Bug (Hiu Kok Theatre at 10th Chinese Drama Festival), The Clean House (Dream Theatre Association) and others.(Horizon Macau), The Elevator Key, Brave New World, Cloning Ecstasy (Dirks Theatre Arts Association), (Hiu Kok Theatre), (Point View Art Association), (The Dancer Studio Macao), (Violet Dance Association), (Macao City Fringe Festival), Revival (Stella and Artists), Wander Girls on Tour, (Ieng Chi Dance Association), Pointe e Pointe, Exhaust, Borrowing Our Bodies (Four Dimension Spatial) and many more.Stage manager work include Playing Landscape 2012~2013 (Point View Art Association), (Hiu Kok Theatre), The 10th Chinese Drama Festival, The Clean House (Dream Theatre Association) and others.
Nero Lio Deputy Stage Manager
Nero is an active ambassador of Macao Heritage Ambassadors Association. Over the years, having the experience of being a producer, deputy stage manager, and technical support of environmental theatre, Nero has involved in various projects namely Heritage Stroll with Poetries Nostalgic Path to the New Wishes (2013), Heritage Stroll with Poetries (2014), environmental theatre Woodsman (2015), teenager theatres, dance theatre Wander Girls on Tour, Hiu Kok long run theatre series Love, Letter, 29th February (2016), A Town with False Reputation of Hiu Kok Theatre. Nero is also the stage manager of Mobile Kitchen in the 16th Macao City Fringe Festival and the deputy stage manager of Song of Immigrants the 28th Macao Arts Festival.
Chiu Chih-hua Multimedia Artist
Chih-hua, a Taiwan artist, who’s interest falls on visual studies; his work is a hybrid of movement and still images lingering between the reality and virtuality. Enlightened in documentary, his early work focuses single channel videos with an urban perspective, which later on transforms into turning real scene into modal creation. His recent work extends into the linkage between body and space. It brings him into closer connection to dance videos, in which he attempts to bond voice and dancers in developing a new phrase of creation. His footprints span over Hong Kong, Macao and Italy where he cooperates with young dancers, involves in the production of dance movies. It is his interest to work closely and extensively with performers and artists in Asia, and to explore the diversity of sound, video and dancing, so as to cultivate a new horizon of dance video in Asia.
Opus-A is founded in Macau, 2015. It comprises four classical music trained local musicians: M.B. Chan, Nate Chu, Rain Chan and Kay Chan. With no doubt that classic music nurtures us, yet it also undeniably limits us at the same time I remember when I was a child, I asked my teacher: ‘why do I have to play this piece this way only but no other ways?’ The answer always was:’ because it is Beethoven. We must play as the same style as the time when he wrote’. I asked again:’but I don’t have the same feelings as what I am told to have. Why can’t I express my true feelings towards this piece in my own way?’ Then my teacher asked me:’ do you want to get in the first class music school? Do you want to win the first prize in competition? Do you want to work in the world class orchestra someday? Look, this expression method is the most recommended by Gramophone, the well-known classic music magazine in the UK.’ Therefore, my real emotion response to music was defeated by an authority publication. After graduating from university, I started working as a performer and a teacher. The change of my identity makes me rethink this issue. It is painful to reflect, introspect and amend myself. Fortunately, I have a like-minded team around to discuss with. Interpreting classic music pieces in traditional methods undoubtedly is a way of masterpiece reproduction. However, it should not be the only respected way. In this performance, we want to give it a shot, to tell our stories with classic music, in our own ways.
Profile of the Main Cast
M.B. Chan Lead Violin M.B. Chan, Macau violinist, is the winner of the 26th Macau Young Musicians Competition. Chan graduated from Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, The University of Melbourne in 2014. Along with few other young string musicians, he founded a string orchestra, OPUS-A, in Macau and takes the first violin. He also dedicates to music teaching. In 2017, he founds Macau Electric Strings Association and serves as chairman to promote the modern string music.
Nate Chu Harmony Violin
Nate Chu is a Macau violinist, violist and cellist. He currently serves as the first violin of chamber orchestra as well as the conductor of string orchestra in Macau Philharmonic Association. Chu also plays in musical, concert and dance performances. He is the chief supervisor and founding member of Macau Electric Strings Association since 2017.
Rain Chan Rhythm Violin: Rain Chan
Rain Chan, Macau violinist and violist, is active in all kinds of music performances as chamber music, pop music recording, musical and concerts. She is one of the founding members of OPUS-A and serves as violinist and violist. Chan is the board director and founding member of Macau Electric Strings Association since 2017.
Kay Chan Cello
Kay Chan, Macau cellist, graduated from Instituto Politécnico de Macau and majored in music education. Chan has Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) Cello Grade 8 certification. She played and toured with Macau Youth Symphony Orchestra. She is active in in all kinds of music performances as chamber music, pop music recording, musical and concerts. She is one of the founding members of OPUS-A and serves as cellist.
Lai-Keng Lam Drum
Lai-Keng Lam, Macau-born percussionist, graduated from Instituto Politécnico de Macau and majored in piano and percussion instruments. She played as percussionist in a local youth musicians’ concert in 2016.
Man-Wai Lam Keyboard
Man-Wai has been studied classic piano since 6 years old and passed piano grade 8 examination at age 16. She has played and won many singing and music instrument competitions. Lam has been teaching piano at Sheng Kung Hui Choi Kou School since studying in university.
Writer and indie musician Sonia Ka Ian Lao recreates a ‘skin-gnawed’ world with music and experimental video. Chemtrails, Morellons is a stage piece adapted from her own novel of the same name. *Chemtrails: high-flying planes spray the chemicals which some people would have bad physical reaction towards and even cause sickness or disease. *Morgellons: is a skin condition in which individuals have sores that they believe contain some kind of fibers.
Playwright,Music Designer, Performer: Sonia Ka Ian Lao Director: Nancy Io Special Makeup Artist: Oli Chan Video Designer: Os Wei
Preface/Sonia Ka Ian Lao
The first time I heard about Chemtrail and Morgellons was from an online program in Hong Kong, MJ 13, in 2012. The cause of Morgellons remains unknown. Is it governmental conspiracy? Is it one of the human extinction plans? Is it the gimmick to control the medical revenue? Or is it a lie of climate manipulation? None of these questions can really be answered, not even those academics who study mystery conspiracy theories. Sadly, only the most powerful people at the top of hierachy would know the truth.
Why, as we all at the same time and space, could only the few people have the right to know more? And the rest could always wonder?
It seems that equality, fairness and justice are still distant with us.
Which, always gets on my nerves.
Therefore, I tell people what I know through my writings and music. I do believe that this is artist’s responsibility. Besides, literature and music can make those tedious information alive and accessible.
I like what they say: ‘You don’t have to believe it but you should know it.’ There are all sorts of things in this world and some worrying issues derive from them as well. However, I have strong faith in people that when they have awareness and determine to solve them, our world would be a better place. That has been my hope at all time.
I would like to thank Macau Experimental Theatre for this opportunity to write the script and score again for this stage performance. Production work is still new to me. I have learned so much from working with Mr. Johnny Tam again. In this production, we have also made video which will be played in theatre. This is my first filming experience. Leading by Macau new talent director Nancy Io and photographer Os Wei, we make many beautiful pictures full of stories and concept. In addition, the make-up artist Oli Chan delivers the special makeup this production needs distinctively. I am very honor to work with all the professionals in this team.
Last, I would like to acknowledge the presenter of the online program and academics who helped me doing my research. They are: Mr. Godfree Chiu, Mr. Gary Kwan and Mr. Cheuk Fei. If you’re interested to know more, the links of their research and program are below. One of them is Mr. Godfree’s research about Chemtrails. The most important part of it is the effective way to treat Morgellons. I truly hope you would read and listen to that carefully.
Sonia Ka Ian Lao Playwright, Music Design, Performer
Lao is an indie music player, also the vocalist of Macau electronic music band Evade. She plays electronica, ambient and dream pop. Her first album Stars debuted in 2014 and the second album Nebulosity was released in 2017. Apart from music, Lao also shows her talent in literature. She won the first prize in the Macau Daily Times short novel contest in 2011; and won the merit award at the 11th Macau Literary Award in 2011.
Nancy Io Director
Io graduated from Instituto Politécnico de Macau and majored in graphic and multimedia design. She has been making feature short films since college and attending many film festival since 2012. The Kids Project won the jury award in Macau International Film and Video Festival 2016.
Oli Chan Special Makeup
Chan graduated from Department of Fashion Styling and Design Communication, Shih-Chien University, Taiwan. She has years experiences in styling and makeup. Chan’s curretly working at graphic design company. Styling and makeup is her second job. Her works varie from theatre, musicals, movies, TV commercials and music videos.
Os Wei Video Design
Os Wei is the CEO of OSSO. He studied visual communication in Taiwan and returned to Macau in 2016. As a full time video artist, he hope to make some impack with visual images. Recent works: Sisterhood, Yesterday once more, Cook up Astrom.