Ping Chong

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Slutforart, 1999

ABOUT

Slutforart is Muna Tseng’s stunning and moving visual dance-theater solo performance, on the life and work of her brother Tseng Kwong Chi (1950-1990), a photographer, performance artist, downtown personality who died of AIDs in 1990. He traveled the globe, inserting himself in stereotypically tourist sites, from the Eiffel Tower to Niagara Falls, ricocheting between nature and culture to develop a massive series of self-portraits entitled the EXPEDITIONARY SERIES or EAST MEETS WEST. These prints possess both wit and humor and great beauty in their investigations of issues ranging from the nature of tourism and touristic photography, and cultural identity.

PRODUCTION

Director: Ping Chong
Producer: Muna Tseng Dance Projects
Writer: Ping Chong
Music Collage: Hong Kong Pop, Nino Rota, Eartha Kitt, Gustav Mahler
Choreography: Muna Tseng
Lighting Design: Tom Hase, Mark London
Sound Design: Brian Hallas
Stage Manager: Courtney Golden
Costume Design: Han Feng
Projection Design: Jan Hartley

CAST

Muna Tseng

PERFORMANCE HISTORY

Premiere:
Playhouse 91, Harkness Dance Projects of 92nd St Y, New York (March 1999)

Tour:
Central Park Summerstage, New York, NY (August 1999); Spoleto Festival USA, Charleston, SC (June 2000); Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA), OR (February 2001); Contemporary Arts Center and New Orleans Ballet Association, LA (April 2001); The Dance Place, Washington Performing Arts Society, DC (April 2001); University of Montana, Missoula, MT (October 2001); Zachary Scott Off-Broadway Season, Austin, TX (January 2002); La MaMa E.T.C., New York, NY (October 2002)

PRESS

Slutforart Review, Dan Bacalzo's Asian American Performance, Mar. 2, 1999
Ambiguous Ambassador, The Austin Chronicle, Jan. 27
Soloists, Inside Arts, Jul. 2007
Muna Tseng/Ping Chong:SlutForArt, Performance Arts Weekly, Apr. 1999

"Muna Tseng, an exquisite dancer, has something important to say. Her work has the richness of ritual."
Anna Kisselgoff, The New York Times

"Timeless, placeless elegance. One gorgeous moment after another. The changes of tone and rhythm are startling and shatter the erotic trance. Tseng is operating in an area between traditional dance, both Asian and American, and conceptualism. Her visual sense is striking and she attracts talented collaborators.”
Elizabeth Zimmer, The Village Voice

"Ping Chong and Muna Tseng polish a gesture, a line of text, a slant of light, in isolation, then slide one against another until the juxtaposition ignites a new, stunning vision.”
Deborah Jowitt, The Village Voice

"Ping Chong's crystalline writing and directing combines with Muna Tseng's meticulous execution of words and gestures to convey the poignancy of small details, the infusion of life's minutiae with historical resonance and spiritual magnitude."
James Frieze, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Performance Review

"Gifted artists wholly in their prime, Muna Tseng, Ping Chong and Josef Fung combine fabric, sound, light, language, music and movement to sublime effect as they meditate on the quintessence of their Chinese-ness."
Elizabeth Zimmer, The Village Voice

MULTIMEDIA

Photos:
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AWARDS

New York Dance and Performance (BESSIE) Award for “Creation-Choreography” for the collaborators Muna Tseng and Ping Chong

PRODUCING PARTNERS

Muna Tseng Dance Projects