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Wu Tsang/ Moved by the MotionMOBY DICK; or, The Whale

Productie Still (Tosh Basco as Queequeg), MOBY DICK; or, The Whale (2022), Dir. Wu Tsang, Prod. Schauspielhaus Zürich. Foto Greg Amgwerd
Wu Tsang/ Moved by the MotionMOBY DICK; or, The Whale12 mrt 2022 16 feb 2024

MOBY DICK; or, The Whale, een stille film door kunstenaar Wu Tsang vertoond met livemuziek door een kamermuziekorkest ging in maart 2022 in de Schauspielhaus Zürich in première. MOBY DICK; or, The Whale is geproduceerd door Schauspielhaus Zürich in samenwerking met Zürcher Kammerorchester (ZKO). De Hartwig Art Foundation maakt dit project mede mogelijk samen met de Singel, Luma Foundation, TBA21-Academy, Superblue, The Shed en Whitney Museum of American Art. In samenwerking met het Holland Festival 2022 brachten we de Nederlandse première van MOBY DICK; or, The Whale naar Amsterdam. 

Met dit ‘Stoff’ neemt de groep Moved by the Motion een van de ‘Great American Novels’ onder handen: Moby Dick door Herman Melville. De bewerking van Sophia al Maria en Wu Tsang, verweven met het commentaar van een onderbibliothecaris (Fred Moten), gaat in op de onderaardse stromingen in de roman. De stomme film, geregisseerd door Wu Tsang en met een live uitvoering van de compositie van Caroline Shaw, Andrew Yee en Asma Maroof door ZKO volgt de witte walvis boven en onder het wateroppervlak en ontwikkelt een visueel universum dat zich verzet tegen de uitbuiting van de aarde onder het imperiale kolonialisme.


Schauspielhaus, Zurich: 12, 14, 17, 20 mar; 5, 6, 28, 29 apr; 14, 15, 23, 24, mei; 10 & 19 okt 2022

The Shed, New York: 15, 16, 17 apr 2022

Goldoni Theatre, Venice: 20 apr 2022, samen met TBA21–Academy

DE SINGEL, Antwerpen: 22 & 23 apr 2022

Holland Festival, Amsterdam : 17 & 18 juni 2022, gepresenteerd door Hartwig Art Foundation

Luma Foundation, Arles: 6, 8 & 9 juli 2022

El Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid: 20 feb 2023

Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid: 25 feb – 6 mei 2023 (film versie)

Festspielhaus St. Pölten: 15 apr 2023

Schauspielhaus, Zurich: 2 & 6 mei 2023

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Stanford University Bing Concert Hall: 8 nov 2023

The Performance Project, Los Angeles: 16 – 18 nov 2023

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago: 14 – 16 feb 2024

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Projectie op een scherm van twee grote walvissen in blauw water met live orkest in een theaterzaalWu Tsang, MOBY DICK; or, The Whale, Teatro Goldoni, Venezia, 2022. Foto: Enrico Fiorese.

Wu Tsang is an award-winning filmmaker and visual artist. Tsang’s work crosses genres and disciplines, from narrative and documentary films to live performance and video installations. Tsang is a MacArthur ‘Genius’ Fellow, and her projects have been presented at museums, biennials, and film festivals internationally. Awards include 2016 Guggenheim Fellow (Film/Video), 2018 Hugo Boss Prize Nominee, Creative Capital, Rockefeller Foundation, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, and Warhol Foundation. Tsang received her BFA (2004) from the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and an MFA (2010) from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). Currently Tsang works in residence at Schauspielhaus Zurich, as a director of theater with the collective Moved by the Motion.

Tosh Basco was born in California and rose to prominence in the drag scene in San Francisco in the 2010’S. Well known for her movement-based performances under the name boychild, Basco’s photography and drawing accompany her performance practice enfolding language, representation and becoming together in spaces where they are presumed to exist as discrete entities. She is co-founder of the collaborative entity Moved by the Motion with Wu Tsang and collaboration remains a vital aspect to her work. Basco’s work has been presented at the Venice Biennale; the Sydney Biennial, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; MOCA, Los Angeles; ICA London among other institutions.

Asma Maroof is an electronic producer/composer and DJ (aka Asmara), who performs internationally in music, film, and art venues including the Sydney Opera House, the Whitney Museum, Unsound Festival, and the MTV VMAs. She has worked with artists M.I.A., Kelela, Tink, Fatima Al Qadiri, Venus X, and is a member of the musical group NGUZUNGUZU (Fade to Mind). Her soundtracks have graced Kenzo, Celine, and Louis Vuitton runway shows, commercials for Nike, Alexander Wang, and Telfar.  With filmmaker and frequent collaborator Wu Tsang, she’s scored Anthem, Duilian, Into a Space of Love, and One Emerging From a Point of View.

Kyle Luu is a stylist, costume designer and consultant based in New York City. Her clients include Solange Knowles, Travis Scott, Valentino , louis vuitton, Garage Magazine, Interview Magazine, Nike and many more.

Kevin Griffiths is a London-born conductor who regularly conducts concerts with the Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, the Basel Symphony Orchestra, the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra della svizzera italiana, the Berlin and Zurich Chamber Orchestras among others. He is also an annual guest at the Menuhin Festival Gstaad and the Vaduz-Classic Festival in Liechtenstein. From 2011 to 2018 he was Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the Collegium Musicum Basel.

The Zurich Chamber Orchestra is one of the leading ensembles of its kind. Founded by Edmond de Stoutz the orchestra performed first in 1945. Since 2016, the orchestra is playing without a permanent conductor. Instead, Music Director Daniel Hope is leading the orchestra from his instrument, thereby following the dynamic principle of ‘Play & Conduct’. The ZKO regularly visits international festivals such as the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Rheingau Musik Festival, the Gstaad Menuhin Festival or Odessa Classics.


Moved by the Motion presenteert: MOBY DICK; or, The Whaleregie Wu Tsang/ dirigent Kevin Griffiths/ tekst Sophia Al-Maria/ muziek Caroline Shaw, Andrew Yee, Asma Maroof/ productie Laura D’Incau/ co-productie Wu Tsang/ executive producers David Codikow, Nadja Rangel/ associate producers Tosh Basco, Sophia Al-Maria, Stefan Scheuermann, Barbara Higgs/ cinematografie Antonio Cisneros/ bewegingsregie Tosh Basco/ choreografie Josh Johnson/ kostuums TELFAR, Kyle Luu/ productie ontwerp Nina Mader/ VR-productie Bild Studios/ video-ontwerp Fray Studios/ montage Jérôme Pesnel/ dramaturgie Katinka Deecke, Joshua Wicke/ uitvoering muziek ZKO (New York Philharmonic in New York City; BRYGGEN Bruges Strings in Antwerpen & Amsterdam)/ cast Tosh Basco, Josh Johnson, Steven Sowah, Fred Moten, Sebastian Rudolph, Thomas Wodianka, Thelma Buabeng, Vincent Basse, Ondrej Vidlar, Mel Guesson, Titilayo Adebayo, Gottfried Breitfuss, André Atangana, Maja Beckmann, Karim Boumjimar, Enantios Dromos, Timon Essoungou, Rene Melliger, Wiebke Mollenhauer, Daniel Kweku Schmid, Stéphanie Scholl, Corey Scott-Gilbert, Sscopeta Shephard, Malik Sievi, Rafal Skoczek.

MOBY DICK; or, The Whale is geproduceerd door Schauspielhaus Zürich in samenwerking met Zürcher Kammerorchester (ZKO). Hartwig Art Foundation maakt dit project mede mogelijk samen met LUMA Foundation, Superblue, TBA21–Academy, The Shed, DE SINGEL en The Whitney Museum of American Art.