After Sorrow is a dance theater work that features four separate—yet thematically related—solo dance theatre pieces based on biographical and autobiographical sources, examining the fragile place where personal histories intersect and are transformed into a universal truth. Using dance, spoken and recorded texts, live music and image, After Sorrow creates an imagistic picture of East-West relations, culminating in a portrait of Vietnam- after the French-after the Americans-after the war facing an inconclusive future. The evening-length work was performed by Muna Tseng. The first three pieces (L'Histoire Chinoise, Whispers of the Stone and 98.6: a convergence in 15 minutes) form a suite about loss and the obligations owed to family and friends; the fourth piece After Sorrow (Viet Nam) is about the legacy of war.
After Sorrow is the third part of Ping Chong’s East-West Quartet.
Written and directed by: Ping Chong
Producer: Ping Chong and Company, in association with Muna Tseng Dance Projects
Choreographer/Performer: Muna Tseng
Composer: Josef Fung
Musician: Wu Man on pipa
Set Design: Watoku Ueno
Lighting Design: Thomas Hase
Sound Design: David Meschter and Brian Hallas
Technical Director: John Frautschy
Dramaturg: Anna Seckinger
Costume Design: Han Feng and Stefani Mar
Projection Design: Jan Hartley with Ping Chong
Stage Manager: Courtney Golden
LaMaMa ETC in New York (January 1997)
California State University in Long Beach, CA (July 1997), the Theater of Nations Festival in Seoul, Republic of Korea (September 1997), Dance Place, Washington, DC (October 1997), Hamilton College, Clinton, NY (October 1997), Rockford College, Rockford, IL (February 1998), University of Texas, El Paso, TX (April 1998) and the Festival of Asian Art in Hong Kong (October 1998)
98.6 Things They Say, Vimeo
Muna Tseng Dance Projects
After Sorrow was commissioned with public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Individual Artists Program of the New York State Council on the Arts.
After Sorrow is made possible in part by grants from Asian Cultural Council, Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Greenwall Foundation, Heathcote Art Foundation; Meet the Composer/International Creative Collaborations Program, in partnership with the Ford Foundation; The Rockefeller Foundation's Multi-Arts Production Fund. Ping Chong and Company gratefully acknowledges the support of Anthony Hardy and the Consulate of Iceland in Hong Kong in making this production possible.