The next Tai Kwun Conversations Dancing with a Stranger featuring artist Michele Chu and actress Lai Yuk Ching will discuss profound and magical experiences with strangers. The two speakers will share their research and thoughts on their respective areas of specialisation and discuss how the pandemic has affected the ways in which strangers interact.
The soon-to-open exhibition emo gym invites seven artists, including Michele Chu, to confront, dissect, and possibly embrace the vulnerability of our times. We hope to question by way of their works: risky as this may be, would exposing and sharing nuanced sense of vulnerability catalyse new worlds where we might better co-exist with other emotional beings? Chu believes that overcoming one’s own vulnerability is the key to interacting with strangers. Her interactive installation inti-gym threads together scientific studies and findings from street experiments to create a physical and environmental platform, in which pairs of strangers would be invited to connect through a choreography of senses including touch, eye contact, and verbal communication, to forge a moment of fleeting intimacy.
Actress Lai Yuk Ching has been active in Playback Theatre. In the performance, the pilot would invite audience members to share their personal experiences, as performers would listen openly and respectfully interpret his/her experiences as choreography, music, and theater in reciprocation. Lai will introduce techniques used in Playback Theatre and share these profound and deeply resonating experiences.
Tai Kwun Conversations is a monthly event that brings together brilliant minds from the fields of contemporary art, architecture, heritage, among many others. Join us to discover new artistic exchange and outstanding practices in heritage conservation.
This event will be conducted in English and Cantonese, with simultaneous interpretation between two languages.
Lai Yuk Ching
Erin Li, Associate Curator, Tai Kwun Contemporary