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Li Chiao-Ping’s performance in 'The World as We Know It' reviewed by Pittsburgh City Paper

November 22, 2019

A performance in CorningWork’s “The World as We Know It” from UW-Madison’s Li Chiao-Ping, a Vilas Research Professor with the School of Education’s Dance Department, was recently reviewed by Pittsburgh (PGH) City Paper. 

“The World as We Know It,” as described by Lisa Cunningham from the PGH City Paper, tells the stories of six women “of a certain age” in the context of the #MeToo movement and gender dynamics in the workplace. 

Li  Chiao-Ping
Li Chiao-Ping
The performers wore oversized pastel suits, which the dancers wear and remove numerous times throughout the production. 

Cunningham describes these women’s performances as “bare, raw, honest,” as they shed their skin and find liberation. While she reports that most of the performances felt quiet and intimate, she found that the soundtrack broke up the silence in a haunting way. 

Some performances, like ​Li’s, also included dialogue from the performers. In her performance, “In Media Res,” Cunningham describes Li’s speech “coming through almost as a stutter, as she struggles to climb to have a seat at the top of the proverbial table."

Read the review here.

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