What do we inherit from family tragedies in times past? Would we have a different opinion of an austere grandmother had we known her in her youth?

Abbotsford Convent and Victoria Chiu present What Happened in Shanghai in the Magdalen Laundry from 21 – 24 February, as part of Asia TOPA 2020.

Drawing on her family roots in Shanghai, choreographer Victoria Chiu interrogates how the contemporary body can illuminate different attitudes towards family – and why families make the often difficult decision to move their home across borders.

Melding contemporary dance, video and live music from Chinese and Australian artists, this evocative collaboration begins like the sharing of a story and unfolds as a contemplation of our connections in the present. Four dancers explore the spaces between death and new life, influenced by the resilience passed down from their female ancestors.

What Happened in Shanghai is an intimate multi-disciplinary work told through English and Chinese text, personable projections and the body, with live music by Guzheng player Mindy Meng Wang and Chinese electronic artist MHP (aka Ma Hai Ping).

February 21 – 24

Bookings:  https://www.asiatopa.com.au/whats-on/2020/dance/what-happened-in-shanghai