Choreography: Nai-Ni Chen
Composer: Chen Yi
Musicians: The Prism Quartet
Dancers: Eun Kyung Hong, Kristen Lau, Ekaterina Chenikhova, Greta Campo, Yoosik Kim, Justin Dominic, Daniel Johnson
The original inspiration for this work for both the choreographer and the composer came from the Tang Dynasty poem - Alone Under the Moon by Li Bai. The poem describes the poet being alone in a garden. The moon and his shadow became his companions that night. The choreographer brings this idea to modern life in an urban setting. She created a series of “mindscapes” which are the result of the exploration of the different mental and physical states of being alone.
Through self-examination, the choreographer raises the question: are we ever really alone? Our physical being may be standing by itself, but what about our introspective self? When we are still, we let our thoughts pass by like flowing water. If we could engage with our shadows, what would it be like?