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Magic Theatre - [scenes from the unconscious]
19:30 on 22 November 2019
Premiere of a new live-art work by an iconoclastic performance artist – an intimate schizo-psychotic audiovisual experience – excavating the depths of the unconscious psyche… and releasing the primal energies of repressed desire.
Legendary French theorist of the avant-garde movement, Antonin Artaud had called for a ‘Total Theatre’ experience – such is this new hypnotic performance work which reinvents his ideas for a ‘Theatre of Cruelty’ – transporting audiences on a synaesthetic, audio-visual creative production, journeying through the mind of the solo performer through schizo-psychotic dreamscapes, into the recesses of a shared collective psyche.
Combining intermedia digital culture and live art, this dreamlike contemporary performance by wildchild Jian Yi – expresses a deeply personal evocation of Queer/East Asian/Diaspora heartbreak… Featuring FX/Lighting installations by acclaimed Cryptic Associate Robbie Thomson, psychotropic new media visuals by Dan Shay, and a luminous/haunting reverb-soundscape by Radiophrenia’s Allan Whyte.
Jian Yi is a cross-disciplinary performance maker engaging audiences in emotionally raw experiences in the creation of a primal theatre of affect – drawing upon new media digital art culture and inspired by East Asian performance traditions of Butoh and Trance, this new work seeks to find the contemporary connections made available between technology, dancing body and schizo-mind.
Conceived/Directed/Performed by: Jian Yi
Visual Media by: Dan Shay
Sound by: Allan Whyte
Stage Design by: Ruben San Roman
Lighting/FX by: Robbie Thomson
Supported in development by Anatomy Arts and Creative Scotland.