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The Martin E. Segal Theater Center presents

Chinoiserie Redux

At the Segal Theatre Film and Performance Festival 2024

A film by

Ping Chong and Company

Theater, Documentary, Film, Multimedia, Performance Art, Puppetry



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Year of Release

United States



About The Film

Chinoiserie Redux is a multi media film by Ping Chong with historic arc touching on first encounter between Qianlong, the Celestial Emperor of China and Lord George Macartney, the trade emissary from King George III of England in 1793 and West relations including the events leading up to the Opium War, the European obsession and addiction to tea, the history of Chinese settlers in America, the murder of Vincent Chin in Detroit in 1982 and the continuing trade disputes between China and America.

Chinoiserie Redux is inspired by Ping Chong’s earlier theatrical work of the same name. Chinoiserie Redux connects the present day and the personal with an historical past still being felt today.

Conceived and Directed by Ping Chong; Written by Ping Chong and Michael Matthews; Assistant Director, Cinematographer, Editor, and Production Coordinator Kristina Varshavskaya; Costume Design Stefani Mar; Lighting Design Hao Bai; Sound Design Ernesto Valenzuela; Make-up Artist and Design Amanda Briskin-Wallace; Production Assistant Destiny Castro ;Shadow Puppet Creators Stephen Kaplin and Kuang-Yu; Animators Zakaria Khafagy and Jaime Sunwoo; Cast: Ping Chong, Christopher Caines, Hyunmin Rhee, Wale Adebiyi (Voice Over), Amaris Harney, Richard Chang, Valois Mickens, George Drance, Monique Holt

About The Artist(s)

Ping Chong and Company

PCC creates theater and art that reveal beauty, invention, precision, and a commitment to social justice.
Founded in New York City in 1975 by leading theatrical innovator and National Medal of Arts recipient Ping Chong, the company engages multigenerational and interdisciplinary artists to build on, and expand, Ping Chong’s singular and visionary body of work. The company’s work is centered on innovation, collaboration, and community engagement. Artistic Director Ping Chong has explored and dismantled history, chronology, geography, race, and culture in his interdisciplinary works and the Undesirable Elements form.

Across nearly five decades, the New York City-based company has created over 100 original theater productions, ranging from intimate interview-based works to large-scale multidisciplinary projects featuring puppets, performers, and full sound and projection scores. Reaching audiences throughout New York, the United States, and the world, PCC transcends boundaries, exploring interconnectedness of cultures and how multifaceted identities are addressed in society. The company’s work often seeks to excavate and question dominant historical narratives.

PCC is holistically supportive of the needs of artists, committed to developing and producing work by artists of color, and highly adaptive in its partnerships—working in collaboration with schools, universities, regional theaters, international arts festivals, and grassroots social service organizations. PCC’s works have been performed in venues ranging from a barber shop to a YMCA to BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, La MaMa, Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, the Barbican Centre, the Kennedy Center, Walker Art Center, Central Park Summerstage, Lincoln Center Festival, Hong Kong Arts Festival, the Toga Festival, the Vienna Festival, the Perth Festival, DMZ 2000 Festival, and many more.

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