MAKE BANANA CRY
Lighting Design - Technical Direction
Choreographers: Andrew Tay and Stephen Thompson
Performers: Francesca Chudnoff, Hanako Hoshimi-Caines, Cynthia Koppe, Sehyoung Lee, Andrew Tay, and Stephen Thompson
Set Designer: Dominique Pétrin
Toured in so far; Hamburg, DE; Münich, DE; Stockholm, S; Malmö, S; Seattle, WA USA; Portland, OR USA
In Make Banana Cry, six artists confront Western society’s perception of “Asianness” in a critical performance that reclaims, protests against, and subverts clichés. Sitting in the tension between identity and stereotypes, the performers continuously deconstruct cultural codes using an arsenal of randomly selected objects in an attempt to shake off the weight of violent representation and fetishization.
Make Banana Cry is a continuous barrage of body politics, a durational parade that contemplates the problematics of “universal” Western popular culture while drawing on the artistic background of each of the invited artists. Visual artist Dominique Petrin creates an immersive fake museum “exhibition” as the container for the work, encouraging the public to consider the history of colonization within cultural institutions and museums.
- from Portland Institute Of Art Event Announcement