The Silhouette of Songs
Work-in-Progress, dance, video and animation by Minette Lee Mangahas and Susan Chen.
Music by FIELD: Robin Sukhadia (tabla and chimes) + Walter Kitundu (invented instruments)
Full piece 60 min. (not featured)
Excerpt 4 min.
This excerpt is inspired by the poems carved into the walls by incarcerated Chinese immigrants on Angel Island in the 19th Century, this project incorporates painting, video, animation, dance, and improvised music, which was recorded live by Walter Kitundu and Robin Sukhadia. While the brush is seen writing the character for “country” invisibly in water, I interpret the immigrants’ journey through gesture, conjuring a form of ritual and prayer. The “birds” flying across the page are streetlights, animated from a photograph of the Bay Bridge from San Francisco.