Film Screening: No Rule Is Our Rule (2023)

Event time: 
Wednesday, April 10, 2024 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
53 Wall Street (WALL53), Auditorium See map
53 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Event description: 

Directed by Wen Hui and Eiko Otake
Edited by Yiru Chen, Wen Hui, and Eiko Otake
2023, 73min

This is a story of friendship between two independent female artists and their body memories each willingly carry. In January 2020, New York based, interdisciplinary performing artist Eiko Otake arrived in Beijing to visit Wen Hui, a Chinese choreographer and filmmaker. Eight years apart, Eiko grew up in postwar Japan and Wen during the Cultural Revolution. They planned to visit each other for a month to converse and collaborate. The surge of COVID-19 abruptly cut off Eiko’s visit and the pandemic has so far made Wen’s visit to the USA impossible but not the collaboration. Looking back on the video diaries they shot without a script, Eiko and Wen continued their dialogue on Zoom, sharing past works that form a deeper understanding of their circumstantial differences and characteristic similarities. Chinese film director Yiru Chen, once Eiko’s student, joined the team as a co-editor.

Support for the artists and this event also came from The Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation and Duke University

Eiko Otake - Interdisciplinary Artist ; Wen Hui - Choreographer, Dancer, Filmmaker