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“Yvonne Ng/ tiger princess dance projects”

Presented by Atlantic Ballet Atlantique Canada IMPACTfest

Photo credit: Jeremy Mimnagh and Drew Berry

Wednesday, September 13 at 7:00 p.m.



“Weave…part one” uses a contemporary dance framework to braid my mother’s life (second Sino-Japanese War); adopted into a Peranakan family as a baby, passed on to her Lau Ye at age 7 for convenience then discarded at age 19 on the death of the patriarch; with some of the situations I lived through in Canada, and choices I made that crystalized who I became.  Central to the solo is a questioning of the role/value of a woman in Asia – if all this has really changed with the passing of time.

Ent’acte, featuring singer, Kristin Fung

In Search of the Holy Chop Suey

Where or in what time space does identity reside? Ng asks “How does someone else’s movement quality impact my own dancing self?” as she undertakes a pointed investigation for her solo, In Search of the Holy Chop Suey. In it, she ponders a life of creation and imitation in movement and mines influences from sources as varied as her mother, modern dance and kung fu legends, ordinary people, wild animals and more. Says Ng, “When I imitate, I also uncover something unique in myself. Each time I fail to become more like my mother (or my favourite kung fu hero Bruce Lee), I become more me.”

In explaining the title, Ng says: “In the late seventies/early eighties, there was a TV series called In Search of… that focused on mysterious phenomena, e.g. Loch Ness, Holy Grail, Big Foot, etc. But they would never find the ‘thing’ that was the subject of the particular episode. Chop Suey is a dish that reportedly originated from migrant Chinese workers who lived in the U.S.A. in the 19th century. When I was young, living in Asia, I wanted everything western. I knew about the dish and equated it to something Western/North American. The title is a comment on my belief that each of us has a deep desire to find meaning for our lives – even as that meaning eludes us and/or is not what it seems.” The sound score and the spoken text of this solo includes Chinese dialect Hokkien and Singlish.


Adult content: Weave…part one has profanity.

In Search of the Holy Chop Suey has partial nudity

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Weave…part one

Choreographer/Performer:         Yvonne Ng | 黄碧琬

Music: Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto

Lighting Designer: Arun Srinivasan, after Simon Rossiter

Creative Facilitators: Susan Cash and Katherine Duncanson

Ent’acte, featuring singer, Kristin Fung

In Search of the Holy Chop Suey

Concept and creation by Yvonne Ng | 黄碧琬 in collaboration with

Set Designer: Silvie Varone

Costumes:        Silvie Varone and Yvonne Ng

Music: DakhaBrakha, Ólafur Arnalds, Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto, field       recordings.

Lighting Designer: Arun Srinivasan

Creative Facilitators: Marie-Josée Chartier and Dan Wild (1965 – 2020)

Rehearsal Director: Johanna Bergfeldt

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