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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?

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Funded by Berlin’s Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion

There will be a post-show dialogue after each performance.
Participating artists
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)