Room 2048 (2048號房) - Chinook 2019
Chinook - Westbury Theatre
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Azimuth Theatre in collaboration with Mile Zero Dance as part of MZD’s Dance Crush series presents Room 2048 by Hong Kong Exile – a dream machine for the Cantonese diaspora. In digital light and smoke, we pursue a history that is not ours. A living past, a dying future, and a stillborn present. We will lie. We will cheat. We will spend a thousand years here.
Through the layering of digital light, bombastic pop music, fog, and the Chinese body, Room 2048 weaves together a series of cinematic images that speak to diasporic experiences of loss, desire, and nostalgia. Sourcing Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar Wai’s seminal films, performers are animated by live manipulated top-down projection. In digital light, bodies sway, shake, and run— oscillating between gestures of the mundane and the sacred.
Room 2048 was premiered by the Firehall Arts Centre in 2017 and was made possible with support from Gateway Theatre, The Cultch, and the Firehall Arts Centre, along with funding from Canada Council for the Arts and the BC Arts Council.
"clever, fascinating, and absorbing" , "multi media show of impeccable class" -- Plank Magazine
"Audacious, avant-garde, experimental—and as one grinning audience member put it so accurately after the show, "unapologetic"—Room 2048 left many who watched it a bit stunned" -- Georgia Straight