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Dixon Place Presents: Harmony

  • Dixon Place 161A Chrystie Street New York, NY, 10002 United States (map)

This is an attempt to find resilience through difficult times.
Conceived by Ran Xia in the fall of 2015 while experiencing censorship in China. 

From the creator: 
Since the fall of 2015 I have been working on and gathering materials for audio play HARMONY, which deals with the internet/government surveillance in China. Many of the elements that I have experienced as a Chinese citizen (not being able to access websites with user generated contents including Facebook, wikipedia, etc), are eerily possible in our not-so-distant future in the US. Harmony, in China, is an illusion, accomplished by the government's control over media. Harmony, in the US, is what that man meant by "great". And that "greatness" comes with a pre-requisite. 
Harmony, pronounced "He Xie" in Mandarin, is written as the characters "和谐". "河蟹", two completely different characters, are pronounced the same way, however they mean "the river crab". The young generations of China accomplish cyberspace civil disobedience in that way, referring to the words they want to express with different characters of similar pronunciation in order to dodge surveillance. I want to discover the undercurrent amongst Americans. 
I want to make a piece that broadcasts the beauty of the "disharmony", which is represented by the minorities, members of the LGBT+ community, the women, the thousands of illegal immigrants, etc. 
This is a collection of voices, converging together like streams to the ocean, which carry so much power and hope. 
This is a hearing space which will surely generate conversations, through which I hope a community will flourish. 

Collaborated since 2015 with Charlotte Arnoux, Matthew Vitticore, and many more.

Premiering at Dixon Place and then performances happening on air, or wherever you can find a headphone.

Earlier Event: December 10
Polar Bear Plunge: Fire Hazard
Later Event: February 8
Harmony