歸屬 GUI SHU (Belong)

A collaboration between artists from Taiwan and Australia

"歸屬 Gui Shu is a gentle but compelling work that had me mesmerised for its 60 minute duration. The icing on the cake was checking out the accompanying video installation after the show" (Seesaw Magazine)

歸屬 GUI SHU (Belong)

'Through your eyes, I see myself'

歸屬 GUI SHU is an immersive performance experience with accompanying video installation that combines the artistry of sound, vision and dance artists from Taiwan and Australia. From the laneways, malls and teeming streets of Taipei to the bush scapes and surburbia of Australia, GUI SHU is a journey and insight to these people and places revealing how culture shapes and transforms us.

Creative collaboration is at the core of GUI SHU, an inter-cultural project developed through residencies undertaken in both countries over 4 years. In 2018 we had the final two stages of creative development; at ADAM 2 (Asia Discovers Asia Meeting) in Taipei to bring together the key elements of sound, vision and choreography and reunite with the Taiwanese team; secondly during a PICA visual residency with Pilar Mata Dupont focusing on the video installation. Final rehearsals commenced in 2019 leading into the premiere season of GUI SHU at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA).

GUI SHU is an award-winning, visceral, multidisciplinary experience. The video installation staged as a gallery exhibition, concentrating on the diverse landscapes travelled through in the making of GUI SHU. The immersive performance in the theatre creating a live, real time, "mesmerising" and "unforgettable" audience experience.

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Images & Video by Ashley de Prazer, Emma Fishwick

Creative Team:

Writer/director: Sally Richardson

Choreography/performers: Laura Boynes, Yilin Kong, Yiching Liao & Hsiao Tzu Tien

Sound/music composition /performers: Tristen Parr & Hsu Yenting

Film/vision Lead: Ashley de Prazer

Vision dramaturgy: Pilar Mata Dupont

Lighting design: Chris Donnolly

Production design/costume realisation: Tyler Hill

Producer: Jen Leys (Performing Lines WA)

Reviews:

...I think we are really lucky to observe this conversation between Taiwanese and Australian artists, to know that we perhaps share the same anxieties about moving around in this world: where we belong and who with, feeling the ghosts of our pasts all around and within us, and perhaps even touching on our fear of being blown and swept away by a ferocious natural force. I hope that this wonderful collaboration will reach its way into audiences’ minds and senses, the way it did into mine. (Perth Arts Live)

...Sitting in the dark with clever intervals of light and imagery, your mind transforms to a pure state of consciousness that embraces your senses and feelings...Each moment has careful precision, where all body placement staging is broken down to the highest degree of detail. While watching this, there will be a sense of detachment because the act is not a direct message but rather a contemplation that goes deep into your soul exploring those deep, innate and natural feelings in this masterful performance piece. (Fourth Wall Media)

Timeline:

  • Taipei Arts Village Asialink Residency, Taiwan 2015
  • STRUT National Choreographic Centre Seed Residency & Moorings Residency, MANPAC Mandurah 2016
  • BUNDANON Residency NSW 2017
  • ADAM 2, Taipei 2018
  • DANCE MASSIVE Open Studios, Melbourne 2019
  • Premiere season PICA (Perth), November 2019
  • APAM Gathering Program at Asia TOPA 2020
  • OZAsia Festival 2021 (video installation)

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Awards:

Winner Best Stage Design - Performing Arts Awards WA 2019

Winner Best Lighting Design - Performing Arts Awards WA 2019

Finalist Best Female Performer - Performing Arts Awards 2019

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