THE WORLD PREMIERE OF
THE SILENT VOICES
BY GUANGLEI HUI
COMMISSIONED BY QUEENS COUNCIL ON THE ARTS’
ARTIST COMMISSIONING PROGRAM
PRESENTED BY QUEENS MUSEUM
Sunday, October 20, 7:30pm
New York City Building
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Queens, NY 11368
On October 20, 2019, the World Premiere of The Silent Voices will take place at the Queens Museum. The latest work by New York based choreographer and dance educator Guanglei Hui, this piece depicts true lives of Chinese immigrants through body language.
“The Silent Voices” aims to express the agitation and turmoil that characterizes the barriers to acclimating into American life. A dream many people have is one in which they make an effort to scream but are unable to produce a sound, explains Guanglei. “This is the situation for those who are newly arrived in America. The barriers to entry into mainstream American life are overwhelming and seemingly insurmountable. Language barriers, cultural misunderstandings, and uncertain legal status, as well as a recent climate of increased hostility and intolerance, have left the newly arrived immigrant in a position of vulnerability but with a meager ability to produce an audible sound and be heard.” Being an immigrant himself, Guanglei utilizes his own experiences and emotions to highlight the voices of people who are easily neglected in this fast-paced world.
“I hope people can find connection through my work, ” the artist says. “This is for them.”
Free and open to the public upon registration, the show will run for approximately one hour with a reception to follow.
Designed to democratize the traditional commissioning process, the Artist Commissioning Program (ACP) enables local community members, or “Art Producers” to award Queens choreographers, playwrights, and composers $10,000 towards the creation of new, original work that fills gaps in American culture by telling an untold story.
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ACP OR APPLY TO PARTICIPATE, VISIT: WWW.QUEENSCOUNCILARTS.ORG/ART-COMMISSIONING/
The Artist Commissioning Program (ACP) is made possible by generous funding from the Scherman Foundation as well as supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.