2020, Spectrum Scene Y
From Xiaoji Song
Spectrum is an ongoing experimental narrative network by Xiaoji Song 宋晓霁 and Sarah van der Haar featuring the characters Li Cheng and Emma. Li Cheng and Emma are expats living in the Netherlands and China, respectively. This is a short play that explores their synchronized experiences about sense of belonging, privileges, and political confusion during the ongoing de-globalization process while being consumed as spectacle.
The first three scenes are written to be part of the new collective theater project by WOW-EFFECT Theater in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. While the three scenes written for WOW-EFFECT Theater feature their experiences during COVID-19, Spectrum - Scene Y intends to build on the characters’ storylines to dive into their mental states during their realisation of their rootless roles under the name of cosmopolitanism.
Characters are built on the context of current political reality and history in People’s Republics of China, worldwide increasing political polarisation, intersection of patriarchy, asymmetry of information in digital age, and de-globalization: how do citizens find alternative strategy for social intervention other than protesting due to the enlarging power differences between the state and citizens? How should the citizen situate themselves under the politics of de-politicisation? How should we use the collective imagination to break the oppressor/oppressed dichotomies?
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