March 5th - Lee Su-Feh - Wrestling for Autonomy: choreographic gestures
How do I know my body and its pleasures are mine when they have developed under oppressive systems? If our conscious sense of self is a social construct, how do we discern between our autonomous self and our socially-obligated or machine-mediated self?
Lee Su-Feh will discuss how these questions drive her work and practice as a choreographer and teacher; and how they show up in her current work Dance Machine.
Dance Machine will be performed at the Anvil Centre the week following, March 16-18, 2-8pm
Lee Su-Feh is a choreographer, performer, dramaturge and teacher born and raised in Malaysia, where she studied with teachers who strove to find a contemporary Asian expression out of the remnants of colonialism and dislocated traditions. In addition to dance and theatre, Su-Feh has studied and practiced Chinese martial arts for more than 30 years. Since arriving in Vancouver in 1988, she has created a body of work that interrogates the contemporary body as a site of intersecting and displaced histories and habits. In 1995, she co-founded battery opera performance with David McIntosh. Her current project, Dance Machine, premiered at the Festival Trans-Amériques in Montreal June 2017 and is currently touring across Canada. Su-Feh is an Associate Teacher of the Fitzmaurice Voicework®
The Vancouver Institute of Social Research takes place on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples; the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.