Soldier M.I.A. is a collaborative dance performance that attempts to re-imagine a Chinese queer feminist future, through the story of the female soldier, Hua Mulan (花木兰).
According to the classic legend, Mulan is a young woman who disguises herself as a man, in order to join the army and go to battle in her father’s place. On the surface, the story seems to advocate woman empowerment and emancipation; however at its root, it actually instrumentalizes female representation and bodies for patriarchal and nationalist purposes.
Framed as a fictive search-and-rescue mission, Soldier M.I.A. plays with the idea that Mulan has somehow gone missing in action (M.I.A.). Four “experts” with diverse Chinese backgrounds - a dancer, a dramaturg, a sound artist and a costume artist - join forces to find Mulan, using a mix of literary references, video footage of Chinese opera and personal stories. Together with the help of the audience, they will try to reconstruct the story of Mulan through a queer and feminist lens. Their task is to bring forth a new Mulan-in-action (M.I.A.). What battle will Soldier M.I.A. join in today? Whose flag will she be flying… or burning?
Funded by Berlin’s Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion
There will be a post-show dialogue after each performance.
Gizem Aksu (Bewegungs Coaching)
Rodrigo Campos (Licht Design)
Sum-Sum Chen (Performance & Sound Design)
Urszula Heuwinkel (Produktionsmanagement)
Harshini J. Karunaratne (Video Design)
Hung Kieu (Grafik)
Jennis Li (Bühnen Design)
Torsten Litschko (Technische Leitung)
Dandan Liu (Performance & Darmaturgie)
Lee Mun Wei (Performance)
Ming Poon (Artistic Direction and Choreography)
Micaela Trigo (Produktionsmangement)
Tin Wang (Performance & Kostümdesign)