Lee Wen: The Rite of Spring (Le Sacre du Printemps)
Date: October 19, 2009, 7:30 p.m.
Artist: Lee Wen
Admission by donation.
Lee Wen performed The Rite of Spring (Le Sacre de Printemps), the artist's interpretation of Igor Stravinsky's one controversiall ballet first conciever a century ago.
Lee Wen lives between Singapore and Tokyo. He has been exploring different strategies of time-based and performance art since 1989. His work has been strongly motivated by social investigations as well as inner psychological directions using art to interrogate stereotypical perceptions of culture and society. He seeks possibilities of collaborations, networks and dialogical discourses. He is a contributing factor in The Artists Village alternative in Singapore and had been participating in Black Market International performance collective. He initiated and organized The Future of Imagination, an international performance art event in Singapore. He has never been to Mongolia.
Stricken with early stages of Parkinson’s disease, Lee continues to explore ways of expanding performance art strategies. Attempting a new direction Lee re-interprets Igor Stravinsky’s once controversial ballet “Rite of Spring” first conceived a century ago.
Lee Wen writes: “Spring begets expectations of changes. It is in the air, the oceans, terra firma and life organisms; in creatures like us. I languidly brazen out that I have a sick body. And so do the earth, the society, and the world. The discoveries of remedies for incurable diseases are confronted with unheard ailments, bugs and viruses, endless conflicts that seem to escalate just when resolution is close at hand, the backlash of rigid bigoted fundamentals recall and stunt the growth of our liberated spirits, relieves us not the Sisyphean task this human existence. I accept it and reject it. I ignore it and deal with it. For changes will not come without challenge and resistance. So I will to dance, to activate, to perform the body in sickness, in its primitive urgings, in perennial refutation of tyrannical status quos and repressive fates, seeking resolution of conflicts to mollify the inconsistencies for the reconciliation of contradictions that is yet to be.”