Irene Hsiao

The Allure of Matter

Ongoing series with The Allure of Matter exhibition, curated by Wu Hung and Orianna Cacchione at the Smart Museum of Art and Wrightwood 659 Score for an Unfinished Dance, 21 … Continue reading

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Remembrance at Nuclear Energy

One encounters it as a protuberance, a strange growth alone on a massive platform, somehow solid and molten all at once, heavy and immense. Strike a side and it resonates: … Continue reading

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49 encounters with chiçiçiçichiciçi

Experiments, June 5-23, 2019 with Cevdet Erek’s chiçiçiçichiciçi at the Art Institute of Chicago. The new performance and installation by Cevdet Erek (born 1974, Istanbul), chiçiçiçichiciçi, takes its cue from daily … Continue reading

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Untitled: After Tang Chang

Inspired by the exhibition, Tang Chang: The Painting That Is Painted With Poetry Is Profoundly Beautiful, premiered at the 2018 A-Squared Asian American Performing Arts Festival at Links Hall November 8 and … Continue reading

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Inside My Room Is Another Fish Bowl

Studies in Philippe Parreno’s My Room Is Another Fish Bowl (2016) at the Art Institute of Chicago, February 7-April 15, 2018. How wonderful to be a fish, always forgetting, always … Continue reading

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The Radiant and the Dead

Created with Connor Plunkett and India Weston for the Smart Museum of Art’s Radioactive Party, 18 January 2018, with Emmanuel Pratt’s Radical (Re)Constructions. About pollen, smoke, repetition, impact, a house … Continue reading

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Monster Studies

I study monsters. Ongoing studies inspired by Monster Roster: Existentialist Art in Postwar Chicago at the Smart  Museum of Art.

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Mad Rush

Mad Rush, film created with Le Wang, developed from a dance of the same title choreographed in January 2013. Below is a 90-second trailer. Mad Rush — Trailer from Mad … Continue reading

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Letter from Taipei

Letter from Taipei is a picture book I made while teaching English at National Taipei University of Technology. It traces color and its absence and attempts to document the extraordinary … Continue reading

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Winter Series 2017, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago at the Harris Theater, 7-10 December 2017

A stark, almost monochrome, vision dominates Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s Winter Series, which features remounts of three works by Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite. Presented in the cavernous Harris Theater, A … Continue reading

December 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

Erik L. Peterson’s Checks & Balances at Loyola University, Chicago, 4 October 2017

Phalanxes of singers stand poised to descend the stairs in the lobby of the Mundelein Center at Loyola University, boys on the left, girls on the right, boys in cool … Continue reading

November 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Hubbard Street at 40: Summer Series at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 8-11 June 2017

A human lives 70 years, a dancer 40, if he or she is lucky. A dance company lives anywhere from a season to some centuries, but 40 is a ripe … Continue reading

June 11, 2017 · Leave a comment