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reshaping space: A Virtual Concert

November 28 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

reshaping space: A Virtual Concert

Music by Tom Teasley and Chao Tian
Choreography and Performance by Shu Chen
Dedicated to the “Reshaping Space” Exhibit by Lori Katz, Laurel Lukaszewski, Kristen Morsches and Novie Trump

The “reshaping space” exhibition, open from March 4 to November 29, features select ceramic wall-work installations by artists Lori Katz, Laurel Lukaszewski, Kristen Morsches and Novie Trump. These works explore the concept of space – taking up, filling and probing the positive versus the negative. The exhibition challenges the versatility of 3D ceramic work by examining its overflow from the wall into open air. Though “reshaping space” was curated pre-pandemic, the term itself fits well into our pandemic life.

Percussionist and composer Tom Teasley has been captivated by the work in “reshaping space,” and his latest musical project is directly inspired by the exhibit. Teasley, along with Chao and Shu-Chen, will explore the new reshaping that needs to take place in our everyday lives. Using percussion and dance, the three will depict a reshaping of physical space as well as a more cerebral space.

“I’ve always been fascinated with the intersection between visual art, movement and sound. Chao and I have a very intuitive connection and draw from each other’s cultures in an extremely organic fashion. Last Spring we had an opportunity to collaborate with the fabulous dancer, Shu-Chen Cuff. The three of us were able to create a unique improvised form of expression that we wanted to further explore. In keeping with The Workhouse esthetic of a communal arts community combining our work with the outstanding visual artists seemed like a natural fit. What better reflection of our times is “reshaping space”? said Teasley of the project.

“The new collaboration amount Dong Xi and Shu-Chen is an interdisciplinary attempting and we have been seeking for an intelligible and interpretive way to favorably connect the audience with our emotions, languages, artistic stories, and concepts,’ added Chao.

“reshaping space” will be a three-camera shoot with outstanding audio provided by Grammy Award winning engineer, Jim Robeson.

Virtually from the WORKHOUSE ARTS CENTER, McGuire Woods Gallery and Virtually
(Facebook Live)
9518 Workhouse Way, Building W16, Lorton, VA 22079
November 28, 2020 @ 8pm
Tickets: Donation Based

Watch live on Facebook on November 28th and donate to Workhouse Performing Arts here: https://workhousearts.networkforgood.com/

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About the Artists (from the Artists’ Websites)

Dong Xi: Tom Teasley and Chao Tian

Dong Xi is a world music duo focusing on presenting a new experience collaboration with individual unique taste in a “controlled improvisation” setting.

Its name derives from the identities and the background of its composing musicians. Also, it represents an element of surprises from the Chinese idiom “feint to the east but attack in the west”. This is one of their signatures in their music and represents their unique and interesting ways to create music dialogue for their music. They use the subtleties of Chinese dulcimer to blend seamlessly with the world music percussion to create an elaborate and amazing duo improvisation. Dong Xi was awarded the 2020 WAMA (Washington Area Music Award) for Best World Music Artist. They were also nominated for 2019 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Sound Design for their work on Constellation Theatre’s production of, “The White Snake”.

Tom Teasley

“Tom Teasley, described in the Washington Post as “a multi-instrumental genius,” maintains a unique career as a solo percussionist, composer and collaborator. He is the 2016 Drummie Award winner for “World Percussionist of the Year by Drum! Magazine. Tom is a 2010, 2011 and 2017 Helen Hayes Theatre Award recipient for outstanding sound design (nominations in 2012, 2014, 2015, 2019). Please visit www.tomteasley.com for more information.”

Chao Tian

“A leading performer on the Chinese dulcimer, board member of Beijing Association of China Traditional Music, and leader of “Always Folk” ensemble, Chao Tian has established a career as a soloist, educator, advocate, and composer in both traditional Chinese music and other genres. As a lecturer at European Academy of Arts and a former member of the world renowned Twelve Girls Band, she worked many years in the discipline of musical and cultural exchange. She was an alumni of the prestigious Artist in Residence program (AIR) at Strathmore Music Center.

As an ambassador of art and culture, she had performed in over 30 different countries and regions across the globe, of many she also organized.

Shu-Chen Cuff

“Shu-Chen Cuff was born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan where she established a well-rounded background in dance with training in Ballet, Modern, Chinese Opera movements, and various Chinese folk dances. She immigrated to the United States to continue her training and pursue her dance journey. Shu-Chen received a B.F.A. from the University of Florida’s New World School of the Arts where she graduated with honors on the Dean’s list. Shu-Chen performed numerous classical and contemporary works while dancing with the Miami Ballet and Nevada Ballet Theater. After relocating to the Washington, DC area in 2002, Shu-Chen worked with Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company and has left her footprints around the world, touring to Asia, Central America, and Europe. Shu-Chen has also performed at the International Dance Festival in Japan, Malaysia, and Taiwan.

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Interview with Tom Teasley, Chao Tian, and Shu-Chen Cuff

TOM

Why did we decide to create Reshaping Space?

I’ve always been fascinated with the intersection between visual art, movement and sound. Chao and I have a very intuitive connection and draw from each other’s cultures in an extremely organic fashion. Last spring we had an opportunity to collaborate with the fabulous dancer, Shu-Chen Cuff. The three of us were able to create a unique improvised form of expression that we wanted to further explore. In keeping with The Workhouse esthetic of a communal arts community combining our work with the outstanding visual artists seemed like a natural fit. What better reflection of our times is “Reshaping Space”?

This is such a unique opportunity to see multilayer art forms come together. The audience will get to see how Tom and Chao take on the work of “Reshaping Space” to express their own creative mind through music. I am so excited to be part of this performance, adding one more layer to this production through movements.

Why should audiences see Reshaping Space online?

This is such a unique opportunity to see multilayer art forms come together. The audience will get to see how Tom and Chao take on the work of “Reshaping Space” to express their own creative mind through music. I am so excited to be part of this performance, adding one more layer to this production through movements.

What is the importance of live music accompaniment?

Live music accompaniment elevates the energy of the room. It brings people’s feelings and emotions to a deeper level. With the technology of recorded music, people often forget the value of a live music experience. To be in the room listening to the musicians playing their music and allow the sounds entering the body and mind is far more powerful than listening to a recording of music. Further, when listening to Tom and Chao’s vivid, interesting, and organic sound, one can’t help it but see an image of the music.

What is the source of creative guidance for this production?

The source of creative guidance is the cumulative, circular inspiration of sight, sound and movement. We are looking to explore where there is movement in the visual as well as shape and color in the sound. We are expecting that each distinct discipline will be informing and inspiring the other.

What should audiences get out of the show?

This performance demonstrates how artists are inspired by each other’s creative work reshaping their own imagination and ideas. It’s our hope that the audience will also interpret their thoughts and expand their own imagination as they experience moments of magic as the production unfolds.

CHAO

Why did we decide to create Reshaping Space?

Music and dance are both performing arts and they are as much abstract art forms. When we improvise music, or dance, its abstractness getting better expressed. Breaking the convention
and reshaping the structure is the most attractive feature of this kind of fusion arts but sometimes it could be very impenetrable. The new collaboration amount Dong Xi and Shu-Chen is an interdisciplinary attempting and we have been seeking for an intelligible and interpretive way to favorably connect the audience with our emotions, languages, artistic stories, and concepts. Thus, we all appreciate this great opportunity to fulfill this spatial reshaping by multiples arts.

Why should audiences see Reshaping Space online?

Watching the event online can be a securest and the most responsible way for everyone under the intensive pandemic situation this year. Moreover, it is very possible to contact more audiences by streaming online and it is convenient for people who cannot attend to the event to review it any time after the day.

What is the importance of live music accompaniment?

The vibe of improvisation, attraction, and brilliance of live music is incomparable to recording music. To accompany the art exhibition with live music is not only a more artistic and exploratory form of re-creation by the artists, but also an interpretation of the topic “Reshaping Space” itself.

What is the source of creative guidance for this production?

Dong Xi are familiar by people with their spontaneously controlled improvisation. Our musical style is across amount Chinese traditional music, American Jazz, Middle Eastern music, contemporary music, and many other genres. Shu-Chen is an exquisite dancing artist established a well-rounded background in dance with training in Ballet, Modern, Chinese Opera movements, and various Chinese folk dances. As far as this production is concerned, we will discuss the creative theme, set up a profile of performing structure, and give both sides sufficient space to create.

SHU-CHEN

Why should audiences see Reshaping Space online?

This is such a unique opportunity to see multilayer art forms come together. The audience will get to see how Tom and Chao take on the work of “Reshaping Space” to express their own creative mind through music. I am so excited to be part of this performance, adding one more layer to this production through movements.

What is the importance of live music accompaniment?

Live music accompaniment elevates the energy of the room. It brings people’s feelings and emotions to a deeper level. With the technology of recorded music, people often forget the value of a live music experience. To be in the room listening to the musicians playing their music and allow the sounds entering the body and mind is far more powerful than listening to a recording of music. Further, when listening to Tom and Chao’s vivid, interesting, and organic sound, one can’t help it but see an image of the music.

What should audiences get out of the show?

This performance demonstrates how artists are inspired by each other’s creative work reshaping their own imagination and ideas. It’s our hope that the audience will also interpret their thoughts and expand their own imagination as they experience moments of magic as the production unfolds.

Details

Date:
November 28
Time:
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Event Categories:
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Venue

Building W-16 (McGuireWoods Gallery)
Workhouse Arts Center 9518 Workhouse Way
Lorton, VA 22079 United States
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Phone:
703-584-2900
Website:
workhousearts.org

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