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Kwan Yin

A duet for father, daughter that explores the emptiness nature of being by drawing from the Heart Sutra of the Kwan Yin, the Boddhisatva of compassion.

I created this piece to tend a deep fissure in my relationship with my father. Being present with a plethora of triggers and cultivating patience was harrowing and also amazing. I remember holding my dad’s wrists in my hands and having the profound sensation of our bodies being same. My dad was so brave. He had never before created or performed on a professional stage. He improvised, danced, sung and spoke in front of audiences for the first time, at age 77. I don’t think that we broke down any stubborn wounds, but we did create something together and that, was love." – Ziyian Kwan

Performances

2017, Firehall Arts Centre, Vancouver

2017, The Dance Centre, Dance In Vancouver

Credits

Choreography, Performance Ziyian Kwan, Lihuen Kwan

Composition, Performance Peggy Lee

Rehearsal Director, Creative Consultant Deanna Peters

Lighting Designer James Proudfoot

Press

Interview, CBC

Review; Performance, Place and Politics

Funders, Partners

British Columbia Arts Council

Canada Council for the Arts

The Dance Centre

Shadbolt Centre For The Arts

Creative space by Odd Meridian
910 Richards St. – Unit 204
Vancouver BC, V6B 1T3
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Ziyian Kwan, Lihuen Kwan; photo Chris Randle
Ziyian Kwan, Lihuen Kwan, Peggy Lee; photo David Cooper
Ziyian Kwan, Lihuen Kwan; photo Chris Randle
Ziyian Kwan, Lihuen Kwan, Peggy Lee; photo David Cooper
Creative space by Odd Meridian
910 Richards St. – Unit 204
Vancouver BC, V6B 1T3
[map]