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An anti-tragedy and participatory biography created by Jonathan Homsey.
Enter the life of two Maggies in a 30-minute dance ﬁlm where childhood in China and adulthood in Australia are explored. I Am Maggie is an improvised work using street, contemporary and Chinese cultural dance vocabularies danced by Maggie “Madfox” Chen and Maggie “Maggz” Zhu. This dance ﬁlm tells the collective story of resilience, ancestral connection, female empowerment and freedom.
Soft power, fuelled by Audio Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR), transforms quiet whispers and minute movements into roars of exclamation and choreography of proclamation. Based on a 'Mad Libs' style script co-written by the community in August 2020, I Am Maggie puts you, the viewer, in the driver's seat to embody the unique energy these Maggies possess.
I Am Maggie is a sonic and visual experience customised for headphones or a surround sound stereo system.
ASMR: An Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response is a tingling sensation associated with positive emotion stimulated by an auditory or visual experience.
Mad Libs: A popular word game in the US where one person prompts others for a list of words to substitute blank spaces within a story. Watch an example of how it works from The Tonight Show.
Jonathan Homsey is an artist fascinated in the intersection of street dance, visual art, and social engagement. Born in Hong Kong and raised in the United States of America, he immigrated to Australia in 2010 where his award-winning choreographic practice has evolved from a theatrical context to interdisciplinary installations across Australasia and Japan. He is also passionate curator who has worked with institutions from Melbourne Museum to Footscray Community Arts Centre. Jonathan’s choreographic and curatorial practice uses intuitive movement to inform works that explore utopian worlds and emotional connection.
Image by Wild Hardt.