Rice Performance Series – Arrival

Performance: 6 minutes at Emily Carr University, Vancouver, 2010

 

Chun Hua Catherine Dong grabs a handful white rice, she is ready to throw them to audiences in Vancouver

Chun Hua Catherine Dong grabs a handful black rice, she is ready to throw them to audiences in Vancouver

Chun Hua Catherine Dong closes her eyes, sits on a mat and gently touches the black and white rice in front of her, she is ready to perform her rice performance

Chun Hua Catherine Dong grabs a handful rice and throws it to audiences, the audiences can feel the gentle touch of the rice, the rice connects her and her audience

Chun Hua Catherine Dong sits in front of a sieve that is filled with black and white rice, she grabs the rice and starts to meditate her situation

I fill a bamboo basket with white and black rice, so there is white rice on the left, black rice on the right. I sit on a bamboo mat,  grapping rice and tossing it to audiences.

Since 2010, I have created a series of performances that uses rice to address issues related race, gender, diaspora and displacement. “ Arrival” is the fourth piece of this series. This performance examines relationships between where I live, what I have lost, and what I have gained as a Chinese living in the rapidly changing western society. For other pieces about this series, please see links below

The Other Words (2016)
http://chunhuacatherinedong.com/portfolio/the-other-words-3/
Come Home (2015)
http://chunhuacatherinedong.com/portfolio/come-home/
Hourglass (2010-2013)
http://chunhuacatherinedong.com/portfolio/rice-performance-series-hourglass/
Another Witness (2011)
http://chunhuacatherinedong.com/portfolio/another-witness/
Invalid Testimony (2011)
http://chunhuacatherinedong.com/portfolio/invalid-testimony/
It is a Way of Being (2010)
http://chunhuacatherinedong.com/portfolio/it-is-a-way-of-being/
The Other Words (2010)
http://chunhuacatherinedong.com/portfolio/the-other-words/

photo credit: Alina Ilyasova