A PLAYFUL LOOK AT THE ASIAN DIASPORA THROUGH THE VIEWFINDER OF NOMENCLATURE
Donohue and Yung have collaborated previously on In Mixed Company’s “Lotus Blossom Itch” and “Enemy/Territory” at Dance Theater Workshop and “The Legend of the Pearl” at La Mama/Umbria. For Jet Stream they gathered their regular collaborators from Slant Performance Group (Richard Ebihara), In Mixed Company (Peggy Cheng & Brian Nishii) and guests Julian Barnett and Abby Chan to create a collaborative tale that dips into personal tales of each artist’s name.
The work cruises through the air currents of international identities as shaped by forces of colonialism, assimilation and multiculturalism. The work begins in a surreal airport lounge hosted by a rambunctious pair of airport traffic directors. Here a zealous label switching Hong Kong woman, adamant Japanese hiphop and Hello Kitty kids, sleep deprived Mommy and Japanese komuso monk converge and deconstruct images of Asia.
The multimedia material involves extensive use of Isadora software to round out the visual storytelling. Brian Nishii/Westwell Productions has designed video for all of In Mixed Company’s productions and has developed video materials for Slant.
This performance is made possible in part by the Manhattan Community Arts Fund/New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and an Asian American Arts Alliance Small Organizations Arts Regrant (SOAR).