- Royal Festival Hall Green side foyers, Level 2, Royal Festival Hall
- Saturday, October 7, 2017
- Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 8XX
- Southbank Centre
7 OCTOBER 2017 1PM – 5PM
AT ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL GREEN AREA (LEVEL 2) SOUTHBANK CENTRE PART OF CHINA CHANGING FESTIVAL
You will be introduced to four Chinese characters: 思想姿态 [Sī Xiǎng Zī Tài] and speak the characters in Mandarin Chinese and to write them with chalk on brown paper rolls. These characters translate as ‘thinking posture’, Li-E Chen’s term for the disposition of mind and body that governs one’s ways of thinking, living, and artistic-making. She invites you to question what your own ‘thinking posture’ is by learning to write and speak the characters.
Thinking Posture and its Chinese characters together express the idea and the aesthetics behind Chen’s current project to develop a silent opera on The Life and Art of Tehching Hsieh. A parallel activity to develop the libretto for the opera is taking place in the Function Room (Level 3) Proposition For Making A Silent Opera At An Invisible Museum.
Li-E Chen’s one-year research and development project ‘Silent Opera on the Life and Art of Tehching Hsieh’ (2017 – 2018) is supported using public funding by Arts Council England and Southbank Centre’s China Changing Festival. Further support is provided by Live Art Development Agency, Tête à Tête Opera Festival, Contemporary Political Theory Research Group, Royal Holloway, University of London and Improbable’s Devoted and Disgruntled UK.