Floating Citizens

Stories of lives through non-places told by four female Chinese artists

“I want a life in which I can fly away when I want to.”

Based on true stories about turning-point events in life. The devised performance “Floating Citizens” is a multi-disciplinary collaboration of travelling female Chinese artists. It probes into people’s struggle for autonomy in the conditions of supermodernity, and how culturally specific experiences have a global relevance, from a personal and physical perspective.

“A piece fusing creativity with experience that aim to exam our purpose of living in arts.”

The Cultivate Programme at China Exchange

Sunday 19th - Monday 20th August

7.00pm (Running time 1 hour)

Ticket £10 (£7 conc) Available from www.camdenfringe.com

The Auditorium at The Cockpit

Gateforth Street, Marylebone, London NW8 8EH

Creative Team

July Yang

An emerging multi-disciplinary performance maker with an MA (Distinction) in Performance Making at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her practice extends across the creative, theoretical, and technical fields, in both live and multi-media forms, and often with an interest in social issues and cultural crossing. Originally from Suzhou, China, she has made works in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, London, Prague, and Rota (Spain).

Yumei Move

Yumei Move is a London-based conceptual artist. Educated at Central St Martins and AA, she has experience in many fields including filmmaking, directing, architecture, and contemporary arts, and has recently turned to performance to explore a more physical means of artistic expression. She also has a background in economics and founded a Shenzhen-based architecture practice before relocating to London. Having worked and lived in China, Hong Kong, Australia, the US and the UK, she is interested in cross-cultural and cosmopolitan experiences.

Renfei Huang

Renfei Huang is a Chinese sensory experience designer based in London, she was trained as textiles designer at the Chelsea College of Arts and the Royal College of Art. She works with materials for multi-disciplinary context including product design, fashion, art installation, theatre and performance. Past and ongoing projects including branding and perfume design for HengYuan Limited; Embroidery Assistant in Peter Pilotto for London Fashion Week SS 2016; design assistant for Print designer Amelia Graham etc.

Website: www.renfeihuang.co.uk

Instagram: @renfei.huang

Sha Lu

Sha Lu was born in China, later educated in London where she started her career as a Costume Designer and Maker. Her work covers set and costume design for theatre, dance and event in the UK, France, Italy and China. During her study in MA Performance Design and Practice at Central Saint Martins, she developed her interests and skills in physical theatre performing, devising and directing.

As the Costume Designer:

The Voyage of the Musical Concert (2018); The Tube (2017); Prostitute Baby (2017); CCTV (2016); DEJA BLUEZ X Central Saint Martins (2015); The Macropulos Case (2013); Pet Store of Horrors (2014); Yet, Still Steadfast Still Unchangeable (2015); Nosferatu (2014).

As the Costume Maker:

Not Now, Bernard (2014); Prostitute Baby (2017); CCTV (2016); Yet, Still Steadfast Still Unchangeable (2015); Nosferatu (2014); Pet Store of Horrors (2014).

As the Performer:

The Tube (2017); Prostitute Baby (2017); Odyssey – The Pursuit of Happiness (2016, with Complicite); CCTV (2016); Incident (2016); Not The Thing (2016); Russian Short Stories (2016, with Complicite); À La Dérive (2016).

For more information, please visit www.sha-lu.com

Mengting Zhuo

is a Chinese performance maker based in London. She received her MA in Performance Making from Goldsmiths, University of London and her BA in English Literature. She is also a freelance writer and translator.

As a director and a performer, she has made work for theatres, galleries and other spaces, including streets, a bar, and a residential flat. Her work has been performed/exhibited in international contexts including Migration Matters Festival (Sheffield), Sprint Festival (London), China Shanghai International Arts Festival (Shanghai), Beijing ONE Festival (Beijing), Celeste Prize final exhibition (London), Arnolfini (Bristol). A Celeste Prize finalist 2016.

She is constantly interested in the contingency of meaning, the process of translation and communication, and manipulation of technological tricks.