Grants Awarded2013 | Theater | United States
ACC supported Lihe Xiao in a two-week fellowship to collaborate with celebrated interdisciplinary artist and ACC grantee Jennifer Wen Ma on Paradise Interrupted at Performa 2013 in New York.2002 | Theater | United States
to complete a program of study in lighting design leading to the M.F.A. degree at the School of Drama, Yale University, in 2002-20032001 | Theater | United States
to begin a program of study in lighting design leading to the M.F.A. degree at the School of Drama, Yale University2000 | Theater | United States
to undertake a one-year program of study in lighting design at the School of Drama, Yale University1996 | Theater | United States
to continue to study contemporary performance and lighting design in the United States1995 | Theater | United States
to study contemporary performance and lighting design in the United States in 1995-96
Jennifer Wen Ma will be participating in an "Inside Look" at her installation opera, Paradise Interrupted, at the Asia Society on Tuesday, April 5th. She, the composer, Huang Ruo, and a few others will be participating in a panel discussion about the creative process, and excerpts from the opera will be performed by singeres Qian Yi and Yi Li.
ACC is proud to have supported the development of this important new work through grants to some artists involved.
In this arresting new opera by acclaimed composer Huang Ruo, traditional Chinese and contemporary Western idioms intertwine within an exquisite setting by visual artist Jennifer Wen Ma, known for her Emmy Award–winning work on the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The story entwines the tale of Eve’s expulsion from the Garden of Eden with a dream episode from the Chinese opera “The Peony Pavilion,” in which a woman imagines an erotic encounter with an idealized lover.
Before the onset of a downpour there is a moment of heavy humidity that hangs low in the air. Building over time it signals the inevitability of a deluge that will interrupt and intercept patterns of normality. For Hong Kong, a city defined by humidity, the deluge that began on September 28 2014 was the result of a long and steady buildup of uncertainty, anxiety and the long held need to articulate a cohesive identity for the city. Before the Rain addresses the tensions that precipitated the recent political and civil urgency in Hong Kong and the city’s pressing need to reimagine its future.