- a 25 minute filmic-musical live experience.
《斩断》Sever premiered at the Shanghai International Festival of the Arts 2015. The piece is a collaboration with musician Zhuma (Band: Xiban 戏班). Eight performers accompany the silent film providing the live soundtrack incorporating and reimagining the music of Xiban with elements of Pekin Opera.
斩断 / Sever draws on the legendary tale of two Pekin Opera characters drawn from Chinese folk history. Guanyu - the Saint of War, and Diaochan - one of the "four great beauties" of Chinese history. Set in modern day Shanghai the historical context of these Pekin Opera characters and the art form is thrown up against todays world and explores themes of identity and belonging.
2016 saw Sever tour internationally to enthusiastic response in New York (Asia Society),London (Southbank Centre), Hungary (Cafe Budapest), India (New Dehli International Festival of the Arts), Hong Kong (New Vision Arts Festival) and Shanghai, China
《斩断》Sever was commissioned by R.A.W.