Anna Yen

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emigration, interdisciplinarity, roots
Film (documentary, experimental film)
Performing Arts (circus arts, education, martial arts, performance, physical theatre, storytelling, theatre)
Australia and New Zealand
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January 21, 2004
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Anna Yen

Anna Yen is an actor, physical theatre director and movement teacher. Her skills include circus performance (slackrope,object manipulation, hula hoops, balancing), martial arts and clown. At Magdalena Australia Festival Anna played the role of Loo Peng in Wicked Bodies with the Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre Company. Anna was awarded a Matilda Award Special commendation in 1997 for the theatre version of Chinese Take Away with Stage-Physical Theatre.
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Chinese Take Away

Production / Performance,
Chinese Take Away is a cinematic adaptation of an acclaimed physical theatre show which tells the story of performer/writer Anna Yen´s grandmother, mother and herself. In a unique blend of storytelling, performance, archival footage and poetic cinematography, Chinese Take Away reveals the story of three generations. The stories are anchored by Anna’s desire to understand her mother’s life. Weaving their way from old China to modern day Australia, the stories pass through Hong Kong in the 30s and suburban Sydney in the 60s. In adapting the stage play Chinese Take Away, Mitzi Goldman has explored cinematic language in a more dramatic way than in previous work, without sacrificing either her documentary or theatrical roots. Actor and text: Anna Yen Producer and director: Mitzi Goldman Line producer: Isabel Perez Director of photography: Himman Dhamija Editor: Melanie Sandford Original music: Charlie Chan Sound recordist: Paul Finlay Production designer: Kate Wills Costume designer: Justine Seymor


This artist took part in the following project(s) organized/funded by the partner institutions.

Roots in Transit IV

Women´s International Theatre Festival and Meeting

(15 January 04 - 25 January 04)


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