Dance for Camera
A son is brought to a monastery by his parents and left there. He struggles to become a monk and on his journey inward finds protection and solace in 3 imagined immortals. This dance for camera is depicted through five sections: root, heart, will, mind and body. Written and directed by Aly Rose, MONK was shot at two different monasteries in China with actual monks.
The Leaving Room
While sitting comfortably in her living room, feet propped up on the coffee table, Star receives quite the shock. What ensues is a journey inward, accompanied by the faces and facets of her ego. Written and directed by Aly Rose, this story is stylistically kitsch and told through dance for camera in five acts.
Through Wang Lung's Eyes 王龙的世界
Inspired by the Chinese character of Wang Lung in Pearl S. Buck's novel, The Good Earth. Here Wang Lung is torn between his duties in an agrarian feudal society and his desire for Lotus, the foot bound prostitute who was unlike his wife, O-Lan. The Good Earth was first published in 1931 and awarded the Pulitzer Prize for the Novel in 1932 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938. This raw dance for camera was filmed and edited by Bai Yu in 2004 in Beijing.
2006 Phoenix (clips)
Phoenix was invited to close the 2006 Dashanzi International Art Festival at the 798 Art District in Beijing, China. The dance drama tells the story of five characters: Wood木, Fire火, Earth土, Metal金, and Water水. Wood loses her child, Fire love, Earth his sanity, Metal his body, and Water must take shape again. The drama is inspired by the ancient tale of 凤凰涅磐. The actual dance drama is 59 minutes long and here are some clips from each act. Act 5 features Wang Yabin 王亚彬, well-known performer who danced in the film House of Flying Daggers 2004.