performance / video
The Mermaid Project
IN-PROGRESS / UPCOMING
Facilitated by: Ximena Huizi
Co-creators: Wy Joung Kou, Akiva Blaine, Aria Evans, Kristine White, Ximena Huizi
With support from: Red Dress Productions' Inkling Festival, and the Ontario Arts Council Recommender Grant for Theatre Creators through Aluna theatre.
A group of artists meet at the intersection of their disciplines to dig their hands, bodies, and voices into the waters of the mermaid archetype. In the wake of a climate crisis future where the sacred rock that houses our limited human bodies promises to be ravaged by fire and water, we set out to imagine how we can become merpeople. We look at the myths, at our bodies, at our relationships to power and access... We remember our experiences of water - what we love and fear about it. We investigate the creation of a ritual to activate an emergency evolutionary pattern so we may begin to mutate into beings that can exist past the destruction of the human reign. We call forth the mermaid.
Image description: a digital collage by co-creator Aria Evans features five simple drawings of a long haired person in movement, wearing only underwear and shoes. Each iteration of the person is posed differently (crouching, kneeling, bending) and has collaged materials on top of varying parts of the body. These bodies are set against a lightly faded background image of ice and rushing water, overlaid with illustrated speckles and bubbles.
Care & Kiai: A Guided Offering by RAW
Footage: Raging Asian Womxn Taiko Drummers archival video & community-sourced footage
Concept and narration: Mila Natasha Mendez & Wy Joung Kou
Video & sound editing: Wy Joung Kou
“What changes can future taiko practices body forth? What cultural memory will group performances transmit to future practitioners? What sweat will we be sweating together?” - Drumming Asian America: Taiko, Performance, and Cultural Politics by Angela K. Ahlgren
This short video was created using footage from RAW's Dyke March performances in past years, and released publicly online to our communities via RAW's social media in June 2020. This video offers and invites reflection on the widespread feelings of isolation at this time.
Video description: 4 minute video comprised of various short clips of RAW performing in Allen Gardens at past year Dyke March rallies. Two different voices take turns speaking throughout the video (text captions included in video). Layered behind the voiceover audio is a recording of RAW's drumming that slowly builds in intensity over the course of the video.
UNDAUNTED: Into The Open
Artistic Director: Young Park
Performers: Adrienne Mak, Elvie Choi, Jody Chan, Michelle Lee, Mila Natasha Mendez, Stephenie Hui, Teiya Kasahara, Weijia Feng, Wy Joung Kou, Young Park.
Guest Artists: Pantayo
Lighting Design: Gabriel Cropley
Video stories: Lulu Wei
Videography: Blanca López
UNDAUNTED: Into The Open is a jam of both new originals and beloved songs played on booming drums; story vignettes on resistance, resilience, and what lives on through collective struggle; featuring a new collaboration with guest artists from Toronto's all-women kulintang ensemble, Pantayo. Watch the preview for the full length concert footage video below:
Video description: 1 minute 43 second trailer for RAW's latest taiko drumming concert. The trailer features short segments from some of the songs performed during the concert. Footage is from the live concert itself.
Directors: Mée Rose & Wy Joung Kou
Experimental Video / Documentary
Call Tony is an experimental documentation of our personal kink histories as we relate to the CLGA, one another and community. Our creative process was in part shaped by the pieces of history that we did but mostly did not find at the archives. Call Tony is archival itself as it documents us as queer living kinksters exploring safety, healing, belonging and play. This video hopes to inspire conversation about what we, kinky elders of the future, imagine femmifesting as our own legacies.
Call Tony has screened at festivals including the 2018 Toronto Queer Film Festival, 2019 Pornfilmfestival Berlin, has gone on tour twice with Queer City Cinema in 2019 and 2020, and will screen at Cinekink NYC when the 2020 festival (post-poned due to COVID-19) is rescheduled.
More details: filmfreeway.com/CallTony
Image description: a still from Call Tony showing some play piercing on Mée Rose's bare inner thighs. Fishing wire is strung between both thighs with beads on it reading "(heart) FEMME". Some blood drips from the piercing site on her right thigh, near a tattoo.