Performance, Installation (silk, set paper),Workshop
July 19, 2017 at Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC

Choreography by Beau Rhee with dancers     
Sound by Sugar Vendil

Lush Light is a 25 minute piece in 4 sections: incubation, birth, journey and return. The piece was originally set on young pre-teen dancers as part of a workshop, so the approach is light and summery. The main set is composed of 20 yards of lightweight aqua-turquoise silk and installed ‘light pools’ made of large swaths of paper on the floor.

The performance follows the rhythm of this poem, written collaboratively in rehearsals:
What is light?
Light, from the sun Light, from colors
Light is the basic life force
We need darkness and stillness to understand light
The connection of the silk between us
Almost like an umbilical cord at birth
The two colors of the silk
Together is the color, transparent
The color pools on the floor are like our home
The silks spread out Like a river
We are going out into the world
The sacred silk : Warm and cool, like the seasons
The sacred land The sacred we        
- Juliette Smith, Catherine Chen, Aveary Che, Beau Rhee

Soundtrack Title: Fissures
"When Beau invited me to compose a piece for her "Lush Light" performance, the sound image of a bowed crotale immediately came to mind. For me it is evocative of light through a vertical crack in a wall, an illuminated line. With that as a starting point, I created a piece where density is pierced, and these piercings become increasingly saturated, overtaking the atmosphere." - Sugar Vendil 

Photography: W.Ming Art and photographer Lyall Zhang