Performance: Here Lies the Truth, part ii (excerpt)

Thursday, April 22 @ 6:00 pm CST
Friday, April 23 @ 6:00 pm CST
Wednesday. April 28 @ 6:00 pm CST

Choreography: Li Chiao-Ping, created in collaboration with the dancers*
Direction/Animation/Editing/Concept: Li Chiao-Ping
Company: Li Chiao-Ping Dance
Performers: Constance Anderson, Charli Harris, Piper Morgan Hayes, Elisa Hildner, Dianne Kotsonis, Cassie Last, Elisabeth Roskopf, Mariel Schneider, Shayna Valianos, Ying Xu
Music: I Am a Man Who Will Fight for Your Honor, Chris Zabriski; sound effects
Text written/spoken: Li Chiao-Ping

Artist’s Statement: This newest installment to the Here Lies the Truth project by Li Chiao-Ping Dance was recently shared online on April 1, 2021; the full length of this new section is about 23 min. long, but we have excerpted from it for 2021 WDAA. Created remotely during the pandemic, a time of enormous challenges and individual and social struggles, the screendance reflects us, our commonalities, and differences. The work tackles one of today’s sticky topics, Truth, and poses questions of position, privilege, power, access, and equity. We aim to complicate the simplistic and simplify the complex through multiple lenses: gender, race, the color of one’s skin, their socio-economic condition, and more.  Here Lies the Truth, created in this momentous time, explores truth, lies, and how these permeate our inner landscapes and built environment. When information is not always trustworthy, how can that affect our ability to believe our own truths? Full work link: Pwd: hltt2021

Li Chiao-Ping, named by Dance Magazine as one of “25 to watch”, was part of ADF’s International Choreographer’s Program and has created works for stage, screen, specific sites, and groups/individuals across the US. Her work has been shown at national and international festivals such as Jacob’s Pillow, Bates, The Yard, Internacional Festival de Video Danza, and the American Dance Festival among others. Creator of The Extreme Moves Training Method SM/TM, Li is a recipient of NEA grants and Wisconsin Arts Board and Scripps/ADF Humphrey-Weidman-Limon fellowships; the subject of 2 documentaries; and honored to be a WID Discovery Fellow, a Phi Kappa Phi honor society member, and an Outstanding Woman of Color in Education Award recipient. She is a UW-Madison Dance Department Professor where she was bestowed one of the highest honors, a Vilas Research Professorship, a MAP Fund grant for collaborative project LANDED, and recently the WARF Named Professorship: the Sally Banes Professor of Dance.

Li Chiao-Ping Dance (LCPD), founded in 1991, is known for the originality, trademark physicality, humanism, and visual design of Artistic Director Li Chiao-Ping. LCPD creates layered, multimedia works to explore themes of culture and identity and has performed at Jacob’s Pillow, Bates Dance Festival, ADF, DanceNOW, Highways, as well as: The Kennedy Center, Links Hall, Dance Place, Symphony Space, DTW, Joyce SoHo, P.S. 122, ODC Theater, Theater Artaud, CounterPULSE, Danspace Project/St. Mark’s Church, Roulette, and more. Based in Madison, WI, LCPD produces 2-3 major performances each year. Reflecting and supporting the artistic vision of Li Chiao-Ping and promoting acceptance and respect through our work, LCPD pushes the edges of contemporary/modern dance while presenting highly original works. The company offers stimulating, creative, and educational workshops and touring programs for community and pre/professional dance artists, including diverse populations, youth, and older adults.

*Choreographer’s Note: Special thanks to the dancers who have put in countless hours rehearsing via Zoom. One day, looking back, our memories of this past year will be balanced by an incredible sense of accomplishment at being innovative, resourceful, resilient, and thoughtful.  I am immensely grateful to the dancers for their creative contributions to the making of Here Lies the Truth, but also for their (and other household members’) extra labor as camera persons, props/costume/set designers, and location scouts. I am looking forward to the next iteration of HERE LIES THE TRUTH, as we move towards developing it as an evening-length work with collaborators Cláudia Tatinge Nascimento and Douglas Rosenberg. (Li Chiao-Ping)

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