aWokening

Winnie Ho

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Introduction

How does one reconnect with one’s roots once settled in a new land? Winnie dives into her estranged and distant relationship with Hong Kong, her birthplace, by moving through the complexities of her diaspora and her queerness. She explores a traditional Chinese cooking instrument, the wok, and immerses herself in wok chi (鑊氣), the wok energy, which gives Cantonese cuisine its distinct taste. By sensorially examining the methods and the materials used in Cantonese cooking, she aims to listen and re-connect intimately with her ancestry.

Credits

Choreography and performance:
Winnie Ho

Lighting design:
Karine Gauthier

Scenography:
Florence Yee 

Dramaturgy:
Hanako Hoshimi-Caines, Lara Kramer

Sound design:
Moe Clark

Images:
Vanessa Fortin · David Wong

Approach

“ My creative process involves sensorial stimulation and embodiment of materials, which have been inspired by my on-going research and relationship to my queer identity, Chinese diaspora and notions of pleasure and play. I explore these topics by connecting to my Chinese culture, and specifically, aiming to merge the technique and methods of Cantonese (Southern China) cooking into my diasporic research and dance-making process.  

I’m curious to embody concepts such as braising 燉, steaming 蒸, pan-frying 炒, marinating 醃 and wok-chi 鑊氣 ​​— the flavour, tastes, and essence imparted by a wok which is a specialized iron pan exclusively used in Cantonese cooking. By sensorially examining methods and materials used in this cuisine, I aim to connect, listen and move intimately with the external: material, space and audience. ” ​​

— Winnie Ho

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