“Overseas” participation to the creation of contemporary dance piece with Simone Truong and the IWish-I-could-Describe-It-To-You-Better collective

Overseas (2008-2010)


OVERSEAS is an long-term project in three parts. It began in 2008 as a performance arts project by three creators of the Chinese diaspora [Elaine W. Ho (USA/HK), Monika Truong (CH) and Simone Truong (CH)], their shared background as the starting point and from whence the overall name OVERSEAS is derived.

The term ‘overseas’ references those of Chinese heritage living outside of China, but rather than any claims to a particular identity, it is how we go beyond it towards relating to one another that remains the focus of our work. Identity can be a daily routine, it can be a performance. But the context, and the strength of the relation, are what enrich the process.

This project is part of the exchange and cooperation program «Swiss Chinese Explorations» of Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts council.

Part I – Overseas Solo (2008)Concept Elaine W. Ho, Monika Truong, Simone Truong Choreography/dance Simone Truong Video Elaine W. Ho, Monika Truong Music Fabian Kalker Dramaturgy Karin Pauer

Co-production Tanzhaus ZurichAward Premio prize

Part II – Overseas, close by (2009)Concept Elaine W. Ho, Monika Truong, Simone Truong Invited artists Lee Kk; Liu Bin, Liu Nanan, Aloun Marchal, Liang Shuo, Xiao He, Xiao Wei Project Consultants Liu Ding, Carol Lu Yinghua Culinary Design Café Sambal Group Spatial Design Felipe Escudero Production Manager Jam Pei Assistance Sylvie Luk, Nan Jing, Qu Yizhen Performed in a courtyard house in Beijing.

Part III – Overseas 2010Concept Monika Truong, Simone Truong Performance Liu Bin, Liu Nanan, Shen Jun, Xiao Wei Music Xiao He Light David Baumgartner Dramaturgy Adina Secretan Production Lukas Piccolin Graphic Guillaume Mojon Local artists Kilian Haselbeck, Francesca Honegger, Eva Küpfer, Adrien Rupp

Co-production Gessnerallee Zurich, Südpol LuzernSupported by Stadt Zürich Kultur, Fachstelle Kultur Kanton Zürich, Pro Helvetia Schweizer Kulturstiftung, Lotteriefonds Kanton Solothurn, PREMIO Förderpreis 2008 / Migros-Kulturprozent, Familien-Vontobel-Stiftung, Georges und Jenny Bloch-Stiftung

trailer of Overseas Solo

trailer of Overseas, Close by

trailer of Overseas, 2010