➔ Vital 07- The Essence of Performance, 2007 Nov 20 - 2007 Nov 21

Vital 07- The Essence of Performance, 2007 Nov 20 - 2007 Nov 21

Type: Festivals and Seasons





Programme ➔ Main Programme ➔ Thomas Street Programme (2003-)
Project ➔ Live Arts programme, (2005-2007)


2007 Nov 20 (is beginning date)
2007 Nov 21 (has end date)


The second Vital Festival organised by the Chinese Art Centre looked at the relationship between the artist and audience with performances by artists of east Asian heritage from around the world. The performances were stripped down to their bare essentials, removing stage, technology, and theatre, to examine the body in space and time or the 'essence of performance'. Within this remit, the artists worked with only the basic props, creating works which were 'deceptively simple and poignant to expose what is at stake in the live'. The artist Yang Zhichao was originally due to perform at the festival, but was unable to attend. 

The performances took place in the Centre and around the surrounding area. Each day was followed by a dinner with the artist which was open to visitors at the festival. Each day featured almost continual performances and a round table discussion with the artists involved. 

During the two day festival artists Marcus Young, Brendan Fan and Po Shui were creating work, interventions and responses to the other performances. Artist Po Shui acted as a 'ringmaster' for the festival, ushering the audience members between each performance in a work which aimed to "manipulate the audience until they fully engaged with his character and become willing accomplices". The performance by Brendan Fan was 'un-witnessed' or 'potentially not carried out in the first place' featuring gallery text from their First Step exhibition and postcards handed out during the festival. Marcus Young also delivered a 'daily whisper' to unsuspecting members of the audience to express their way of staying close as possible to the "essence or performative life force of acts of speech".

The first day featured performances from Rosa Mei, Lee Wen, Yingmei Duan, Jason Lim, He Chengyao, Leung Po-shan, and Hao Lang. 

The second day featured performances by Becky Ip, Zhou Bin, Yadong Hao, Jenevieve Chang, and Lushan Lui, as well as a repeat of the performance by He Chenyao. 

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GB3451/OC/9/2 : PAD (Professional Artists Development) Scheme, 2005-2008()
GB3451/OC/1801/G/2/5 : Digital Folder 'DVD'(is related to)
GB3451/OC/6/5/2/1 : Vital 07 Documentation()
GB3451/OC/1801/G/2/1/1 : Digital Folder 'AAP'(is or was subject of )
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GB3451/OC/1801/G/2/2/10 : Digital Folder 'POSHUI'(is or was subject of )
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GB3451/OC/2/1/7/2/21 : Digital Folder 'Vital artists welcome pack'(is or was subject of )
GB3451/OC/6/5 : Vital Festivals()
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GB3451/OC/1801/G : Vital Festival()
GB3451/OC/D/1704/333 : CD: 'Vital 07 Liverpool Portraits'()
GB3451/OC/D/1704/334 : CD: 'Postcards'(affects or affected)
GB3451/OC/D/1704/336 : CD 'Sophia Hao'()
GB3451/OC/D/1704/337 : CD 'Jenevieve Chang images Vital 07'()
GB3451/OC/D/1704/338 : CD 'Lushan Liu'()
GB3451/OC/D/1704/339 : CD 'Zhou Bin'()
GB3451/OC/D/1704/340 : CD 'Becky Ip'()
GB3451/OC/D/1704/341 : CD 'Leung Po'()
GB3451/OC/D/1704/342 : CD 'Po Shui'()
GB3451/OC/D/1704/343 : CD 'Hao Lang' ()
GB3451/OC/D/1704/345 : CD 'Jason Lim'()
GB3451/OC/D/1704/346 : CD 'Ying Mei'()
GB3451/OC/D/1704/347 : CD 'Lee Wen' ()
GB3451/OC/D/1704/348 : CD 'Rosa Mei'()
GB3451/OC/6/5/C/1 : Marketing Plans()
GB3451/OC/6/5/C/2 : Marketing Budget()
GB3451/OC/6/5/C/3 : Vital Branding ()
GB3451/OC/6/5/C/4 : Vital Adverts and Print()
GB3451/OC/D/1704/434 : CD: 'Jason Lim Vital 07'()
GB3451/OC/D/1704/435 : CD: 'YangZhichao works of performance' [2007](is event associated with)
GB3451/OC/6/5/E/3 : Vital 07 documentation(results or resulted in)
GB3451/OC/6/5/E/3/1 : Vital 07: General Documentation (results or resulted in)
GB3451/OC/6/5/A/1 : Vital: ACE application (is related to)
GB3451/OC/6/5/A/2 : Vital: Sponsors and Partners(is related to)
GB3451/OC/1801/G/1/14 : Digital Folder: 'Voyager'(is related to)
GB3451/OC/6/5/C/4/2/2 : Voyager Promotion, c. December 2006(results or resulted in)
GB3451/OC/1801/G/2/2 : Digital Folder : 'artists.rar'(results or resulted in)
GB3451/OC/6/5/D/2 : Vital 07: Administration()
GB3451/OC/6/5/D/2/1 : Vital 07: Facilities()
GB3451/OC/1801/G/2/2/2 : Digital Folder: 'brendan fan'()
GB3451/OC/6/5/B/2/2 : Vital 07: programme development - Brendan Fan()
GB3451/OC/1801/G/2/2/4 : Digital Folder 'he chengyao'()
GB3451/OC/1801/G/2/2/5 : Digital Folder: 'jason lim'()
GB3451/OC/6/5/B/2/4 : Vital 07: programme development - Jason Lim()
GB3451/OC/1801/G/2/2/6 : Digital Folder: 'jenevieve'(results or resulted in)
GB3451/OC/6/5/B/2/5 : Vital 07: programme development - Jenevieve Chang(results or resulted in)
GB3451/OC/6/5/B/2/6 : Vital 07: programme development - Leung Po Shan(results or resulted in)
GB3451/OC/6/5/B/2/7 : Vital 07: programme development - Lushan Liu(results or resulted in)
GB3451/OC/6/5/B/2/8 : Vital 07: programme development - Marcus Young(results or resulted in)
GB3451/OC/6/5/B/2/13 : Vital 07: programme development - Rosa Mei(is related to)
GB3451/OC/1801/G/2/2/11 : Digital Folder 'rosa mei'(results or resulted in)
GB3451/OC/6/5/B/2/11 : Vital 07: programme development - Lee Wen(results or resulted in)
GB3451/OC/1801/G/2/2/13 : Digital Folder: 'yadong hao'(results or resulted in)
GB3451/OC/6/5/E/3/15 : Terrorist , Zhou Bin, (2007 Nov 21)(affects or affected)
GB3451/OC/6/5/E/3/10 : Performance, Leung Po Shan, (2007 Nov 20) (results or resulted in)
GB3451/OC/6/5/E/3/6 : Performance, Lee Wen, (2007 Nov 20)(results or resulted in)
GB3451/OC/6/5/E/3/17 : Too Late the Hippie #3, Lee Wen, (2007 Nov 21)(results or resulted in)
GB3451/OC/6/5/E/3/14 : ‘And I Thou’: Sophia Hao, (2007 Nov 21)(results or resulted in)
GB3451/OC/6/5/B/2/16 : Vital 07: programme development - Zhou Bin(affects or affected)
GB3451/OC/6/5/C/4/2/3 : Vital 07 promotional advert/DVD(is or was subject of )
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Related People and Organisations

Mei, Rosa, artist (Is or was participant in)
LEE Wen, (1957-2019), artist (Is or was participant in)
esea contemporary (1987-) (is or was organiser of)
Duan, Yingmei, (b.1969), artist (Is or was participant in)
Lim, Jason (b.1966), artist (Is or was participant in)
He Chengyao, (b.1964), artist (Is or was participant in)
Leung, Po Shan, (b.1974) artist (Is or was participant in)
Hao, Lang, (b.1985), artist (Is or was participant in)
Ip, Becky, Artist (Is or was participant in)
Zhou, Bin, artist (Is or was participant in)
Yang Zhichao, (b.1963), artist (Is or was participant in)
Hao, Yadong (Sophia), artist (Is or was participant in)
Chang, Jenevieve, artist (Is or was participant in)
Liu, Lushan, artist (Is or was participant in)
Young, Marcus (b.1970), artist (Is or was participant in)
Fan, Brendan, (b.1978), artist (Is or was participant in)
Po Shui, artist (Is or was participant in)
Live Art Development Agency (LADA), (1999-) (is or was organiser of)
Flux, (1997-) (is or was supporter of)
Yishu Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, (2002-) (is or was supporter of)
Art Asia Pacific, (1993-) (is or was supporter of)
Arts Council, England, (2002-) (is or was supporter of)
City Inn, Manchester (is or was supporter of)

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