This Vancouver artist is taking dance into the future

Interdisciplinary artist Sammy Chien has always challenged himself — and now he wants to create a new relationship between movement, bodies and technology.

Sammy Chien wants to create a new relationship between movement, bodies and technology

This BC artist is merging dance and technology


4 years ago
"Technology's developing so fast that we should keep investigating new language for us to expand our ideas." - Artist Sammy Chien on his use of cutting-edge software for dance 2:22

Vancouver-based interdisciplinary artist Sammy Chien has always challenged himself. His performances often tackle stereotypes of Asian masculinity that he witnessed on TV growing up. But for the show he's developing right now, Chien is using dance to confront something else: technology.

In the video above made by filmmaker Michelle Kee, Chien explains how he's using software to create a new relationship between movement, bodies and technology — which is all culminating in a performance he hopes challenges the audience in new ways. "It's not going to be easy to watch," he says. "It's not going to be something you can sit back and just enjoy, because that's entertainment."

Find out more about Sammy Chien here.

Michelle Kee lived in Singapore, the UK and the USA before laying down roots in Vancouver. Her latest work is a music video for Canadian hip-hop veteran Moka Only for his single No.

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