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Performing China: Contemporary Chinese Film and Media at The Wooster Group, New York City


Rumination (dir. Xu Ruotao)

On September 20, 25 & 27, 2013, The Wooster Group will present Performing China: Contemporary Chinese Film and Media. Organized by independent curator and critic Zhou Xin, the program presents work made between 2009 and 2013 by film and media artists not often screened in the U.S. Focusing on moving image works related to such topics as repressed memory, performance, landscape and immigration, the series considers the shifting relationship between the personal and the national.

Performing China features several U.S. theatrical premieres and includes work by Gu Tao, Huang Xiang, J.P. Sniadecki, Miao Jiaxin, Wen Hui and Xu Ruotao. Combining shorts and feature-length films, the series offers New York audiences a glimpse into the cutting-edge of independent moving image work in China today. Breaking away from established conventions and political intervention, Chinese independent cinema emerged in the late 1980s as a challenging and dynamic form. This program showcases just a fraction of the work produced in a constantly shifting field, providing a window on to the country through the lens of these filmmakers.

Program Schedule Friday, September 20 @ 7pm – Ruin Tourism On the Way to the Sea. Directed by Gu Tao. 2009. Building Archaeology. Directed by Xu Ruotao. 2011. Yumen. Directed by J.P.Sniadecki, Xu Ruotao, Huang Xiang. 2013. *Zhou Xin will lead a post-screening discussion of the films. More information and reservations »

Wednesday, September 25 @ 7pm – Performing the Cultural Revolution Rumination. Directed by Xu Ruotao. 2009. *Followed by a discussion. Guest Speaker (TBD). More information and reservations »

Friday, September 27 @ 7pm – Body as Archive Listening to Third Grandmother’s Stories. Directed by Wen Hui. 2011. Chinaman’s Suitcase. Directed by Miao Jiaxin. 2011. *Miao Jiaxin will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion. More information and reservations »

Admission is free ($10 suggested donation). The house will open approximately 10 minutes before the screenings begin.

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