Short clip from the performance by Serge Onnen, artist in residence in Beijing & Mark van Tongeren, musician living in Taipei booth members of the Amsterdam improvisation band OORBEEK worked together to make a shadow performance.
Onnen has made several shadow performances in europe and is now researching chinese shadow-theater while working at IFP. This will be the first of three performances in Beijing where he will use specially made characters, made from the traditionally donkey skin, combined with things found in hutongs.
For each performance he will invite a different musician.
The chinese shadow theater goes back to the Han Dynasty (200 BC) and could be seen as the oldest pre-cinema technic. Onnen uses several pre-cinema technics in exhibitions and performances. Van Tongeren is a musician/researcher and the writer of the much acclaimed book 'overtone singing'. He used mainly his voice and some small instruments like shruti box, turtle mandoline and a kaosspad. Making 'DINGEN DOEN' a very Euro-Chinese 21 century, low tech performance.
performance nr2 at 26+27may at PaperTiger's festival, Beijing