Nien Tzu Weng
《{光 (陰 | 影)}之∞》── [Guāng Yīn] : The lightest dark is darker than the darkest light.
April 9 + 10 + 11 + 12, 2025
Co-presented with MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels)
Nien Tzu Weng © Noire Mouliom

Nien Tzu Weng's journey is unique and fascinating. Her practice has accumulated a wealth of experiences over the years, ranging from traditional Chinese dance to experimental circus, technological game creation, and many other explorations, leading to her current experimental approaches to performance and lighting design. Nien Tzu is a charismatic performer and a creative force bursting with imagination.

In 《{光 (陰 | 影)}之∞》(Guāng Yīn): The Lightest Dark is Darker Than the Darkest Light, Weng deconstructs the cultural underpinnings of her movement practices, experimenting with a “body identity” connected to ancient Taoist concepts. Through the body’s yin and yang aspects, she navigates a fluid, paradoxical state between inner and outer worlds, bridging physical and virtual spaces. The result is an immersive performance where dance, gestures, memory-igniting scenery, luminous robots and personas all meet—intertwined in a layered dreamscape.

Nien Tzu Weng asserts herself in the notion of pleasure and performative play, and her work is a motif for life and bodily reflection.

光” [guāng] means “light” and “陰” [yīn]  means “negative” or “shade.” Together, they form “光陰” [guāngyīn], “time.”
After 15 years in Canada, Nien Tzu Weng goes back in time. The journey is crucial; she must experience what she missed in the past to understand why she had to leave in the first place. After all, when one escapes, a new narrative takes form.

Danse-Cité collaborates with the MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) to support an artist who pushes the boundaries of multiple artistic disciplines. Our shared resources will help bring this project to life.


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