Chinese Full Moon
Thursday 19 September 2013, 5:30-6:30pm
Arc cinema, Canberra, ACT
Part conversation, part performance, this poignant sojourn traces specific events in the migration history of the Chinese in Australia. Nicholas’s narrative references the time-honoured Moon or Mid-Autumn Festival and unapologetically highlights the dramas, romances, quirks and conflicts preserved in celluloid and other historical sources. How strongly are individual identities, and perception of self and others governed by external appearances and socially ingrained prejudices? Are racial stereotypes fading with the rise of cosmopolitanism, or merely strengthening? Nicholas responds artistically to these questions from an Australian Chinese perspective through music, movement and still and moving images. Suitable for all ages.
Dr Nicholas Ng , from Griffith University, was a 2012 Research Fellow at the National Film and Sound Archive. His research project was called Celestial Roots: the Chinese Cultural Diaspora in Australia. He researched NFSA collection items relating to representations of China and the Chinese in Australia, analysing and drawing from still and moving images.
On Thursday 19 September Dr Ng will present a special free performance of Chinese dance and music. He will dance a long tassel sword movement sequence to a 1930s film clip of the Melbourne Chinese Orchestra and a film clip from the 1950s Mobil Limb television show featuring a Chinese circus performer.
He will also perform improvised Chinese music on the traditional instrument the Erhu.
Dr Ng will discuss his research project at the NFSA and will answer questions.
WHEN: Thursday 19 September, 5.30-6.30pm WHERE: Arc Cinema, National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton, ACT. FREE