boychild lunging to the ground painting the floor with their hands in red light

You Sad Legend

Moved by the Motion: Wu Tsang and boychild, featuring Patrick Belaga
Friday, April 15, 2016 at 8PM

Moved by the Motion is a performance collaboration between artists Wu Tsang and boychild, featuring experimental cellist Patrick Belaga. As part of an ongoing series of such performances, Moved by the Motion explores different modes of storytelling through an improvisational structure of voice, movement, and music. The series began as a poetic interpretation of the science fiction world in Tsang’s forthcoming feature film, A day in the life of bliss, and has since evolved into its own form.

In the performance, Tsang, the film’s director, plays the voice, an evocative and commanding vocal performer, who uses language to manipulate the scene like a puppeteer pulling strings. boychild, the film’s principle actor, plays the mover, a visceral dancer who is bound to the voice but is constantly breaking down language with her ineffable physicality. All the while, Belaga plays the improvisational score live. "Play" is a central part of this performance—both play as an activity, and play as it defines a space for flexibility and leeway.

Main Image:You Sad Legend (2016). Image: Mick Bello/EMPAC.

Dates + Tickets

Time-Based Visual Art
You Sad Legend
Moved by the Motion: Wu Tsang and boychild, featuring Patrick Belaga
Friday 15
8:00 PM
April 2016
Visual Art
Contemporary Performance



EMPAC 2015–16 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts.