We have been approached to take the Returning Lives collaboration to China. This project, which we devised in late 2015 and realised in the latter part of 2016 and into early 2017, features oil & ink paintings by the Hobart-based Chinese-Australian artist Chen Ping, hand-drawn animation by Shanghai animator Zeng Yi Gang inspired by Chen Ping's paintings and a percussion score for double marimba by the French composer Gabriel Collet, reflecting upon both the paintings and the animation. The score is performed live by Gabriel and Polish percussionist Elwira Slazak, wearing their Axoum Duo hats. This three-way collaboration between artists from Hobart, Shanghai and Warsaw is the 20th project that we have realised as part of our Creative Futures initiative, which we established in 2005 to encourage intercultural engagement between artists & producers from Australia and China. We premiered Returning Lives in Hobart in the 2017 Ten Days on the Island festival.

Chen Ping + Axoum Duo