NEW REPORT ON GIVING BIRTH
The choreographer Wen Hui has changed the way we look at Chinese society with artworks that combine dance and documentary film footage.
One of the pieces that brought her international recognition was ‘Report on Giving Birth’ from 1999. This was based on interviews with female factory workers, doctors, journalists, midwives and her own mother about their experiences of pregnancy and birth. Now, 24 years after its world premiere, in New Report on Giving Birth we will see four dancers reveal new perspectives on the female-connoted body.
They come together as mothers, non-mothers and women with migrant backgrounds from China, Thailand, Iran, Italy and Germany. They translate the realities and ascriptions associated with this status into choreographies that are powerful, playful, poetic and intimate.
Together with the dancers, Wen Hui investigates how structural violence and control become codified in the body. Here dance serves both as a means of communication and a moving archive; their communal process is a route to both empathy and resistance.