Pam Tzeng (Calgary)
17 December 2022
In-Person Performance Talk
Little Gallery, Art Parkade, 6th floor, University of Calgary
SHED holds space for the multiplicity and humanity of bodies of culture.
SHED is an invitation to remember that every body inhabits an internal life as vivid and complex as our own.
a being with
a sensorial unravelling
a conjuring of ancestral love and grief
a shedding of what holds us from
knowing each other as different and the same.
Join Pam Tzeng under the bright yellow glow of SHED for a slowing down. An enlivening into presence for an experiential artist talk sharing material artifacts, poetic invocations written by Jordan Baylon and reflections on the values, process and design of her intimate and multi-sensorial project SHED | knowing each other as different and the same.
An alchemy of movement, sound, animate costume and light, SHED premiered as an otherworldly and immersive performance installation at The New Gallery in Mohkinstsis / Calgary Chinatown from April 27 – May 14, 2022. Illuminated by specially designed monochromatic sodium lights and performed for small audiences of 8, the collection of six moving portraits choreographed by Tzeng featured a duet created and performed with experimental musician FOONYAP, and five solo portraits created for, with and danced by Cindy Ansah, Cory Beaver, Kara Bullock, Alèn Martel and Mpoe Mogale.
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Pam Tzeng (曾小桐) is a second-generation Taiwanese-Canadian choreographer, interdisciplinary performance maker, therapeutic movement educator and arts worker based in Mohkinstsis Treaty 7 Territory.
Pam’s work is an evolving collection of intimate and visceral reflections on the politics of the body. She takes pleasure in extremes to craft honest and animated performances with objects. Pam’s aesthetic imagination is coloured by her training in contemporary dance, mask, clown and puppetry. Led by her embodied curiosities, she graciously traverses charged thematic territories to reveal and empower unseen truths.
Pam is a commitment to offering the breadth of her experiences, creativity and intelligences to the work of equity and anti-oppression in the arts and cultural sector. As 2022-23 Artist in Residence with Dancemakers (Toronto) Pam is researching conflict transformation from an artistic and embodied lens.