The Arrival

Performance: 25  minutes at 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art, Toronto, 2016

 

Chun Hua Catherine Dong's performance at 7a11d International Festival of Performance Art in 2016: Dong sets paper boats and salt on a black table

Chun Hua Catherine Dong's performance at 7a11d International Festival of Performance Art in 2016: Dong points to audiences and have a whistle in her mouth.

Chun Hua Catherine Dong's performance at 7a11d International Festival of Performance Art in 2016: red paper boats are hung on the celling

Chun Hua Catherine Dong's performance at 7a11d International Festival of Performance Art in 2016: Dong has words NO ENTRY on her hands

Chun Hua Catherine Dong's performance at 7a11d International Festival of Performance Art in 2016: beautiful paper boats are on salt

Chun Hua Catherine Dong's performance at 7a11d International Festival of Performance Art in 2016: Dong blows red paper boats to the floor

Chun Hua Catherine Dong's performance at 7a11d International Festival of Performance Art in 2016: Dong uses her hair to brush salt

Chun Hua Catherine Dong's performance at 7a11d International Festival of Performance Art in 2016: Dong burns red paper boats on the celling

Chun Hua Catherine Dong's performance at 7a11d International Festival of Performance Art in 2016: Dong burns red paper boats and the boats drop in salt

Chun Hua Catherine Dong's performance at 7a11d International Festival of Performance Art in 2016: after Dong burned all boats, she left, the performance was over

Chun Hua Catherine Dong's performance at 7a11d International Festival of Performance Art in 2016: audiences closely examine Dong's performance, Dong gives paper boats to the audiences.

The Arrival is a participatory research-based performance that examines identity, place, and belonging through languages and gestures. This performance starts from field research where I ask random people I meet on streets to say, “ Where are you from?” with different tones and emotions, I record their voices. I also invite people who I cannot meet in person to participate by asking them to record their own voices saying“ Where are you from?” and send them to me. The final project is presented at 7a11d International Festival of Performance Art where I use the recorded sound, salt, and paper boats to respond my research.

For the voice recording sample, please visit
https://soundcloud.com/chun-hua-catherine-dong/where-are-you-from-chun-hua-catherine-dong

For more info about this work at at 7a11d International Festival of Performance Art
http://7a-11d.ca/chun-hua-catherine-dong/

This work is also performed in London, for more info about this performance in London, please visit
http://chunhuacatherinedong.com/portfolio/the-arrival/

photo credit: Henry Chan