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Family M(e)assage (work in-progress)

How do we articulate a traumatic experience when it’s inexpressible? How can we find new vocabularies for healing when language is still in crisis and complicates our experience? 

Family M(e)assage (Working title) is an experiment that explores the legacy of national trauma within a family, especially how it passes down among generations through bodies and other non-verbal means. This project traces somatic connections among three generations of women in a family – my grandmother, my mother, and myself – to access the muted family history around and beyond the experience of the Land Reformation and the Cultural Revolution in China between the 1950s – 1970s.
This project takes studies on transgenerational trauma and Chinese Medicine Psychology-a study on the interrelationship between body and mind rooted in ancient Chinese medicine philosophy-as theoretical supports and inspirations.

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Supported by Los Angeles Performance Practice

R+D Residency 

April - May 2021



Creator: Xiaoyue Zhang, Hua Huang

Design Support: Yue Wang, Xiyu Lin

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