Production Details / Press Releases
An online collaborative dance performance that looks at how eurocentrism, globalization and cultural consumerism contribute to the exoticization of the foreign body for the art market.
“The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house”
Exotic is warm and spicy. It is one letter away from erotic. It promises adventure. Exotic is somewhere far away and foreign. Exotic is strange, but also very appealing and desirable. It is always over there, not here; them, not us; you, never me. Exotic is dark and mysterious, but its threat is tamed and contained.
The exotic industry has become a big and lucrative market, offering goods and services ranging from food, fashion, music, books, health products, workshops, collectibles, antiques to cultural attractions, theme events, tourism and corporate branding. It has often been touted as a fun and light way to promote the appreciation and experience of foreign cultures. But is it as innocent as it appears? What lurks beneath its foreigner-friendly surface? This collaborative performance invites the audience to see what it takes to create the ideal exotic look.
Drawing on his personal experience as a dancer of Asian origin, Ming Poon looks at how eurocentrism, globalization and cultural consumerism contribute to the exoticization of his body for the art market. Approaching the body as a site on which meanings, values and boundaries are inscribed, he interrogates how the exotic gaze displaces and appropriates his body, turning it into a cultural commodity and a symbol of subjugation. Exotic Animal both invites and confronts the exotic gaze. Staring defiantly back, it attempts to shift the power relation between the gazer and itself.
TFB Nr. 1496
Cast & Credits
Concept and Choreography: Ming Poon
Dramaturgy: Dandan Liu
Composition: Farah Hazim
Lighting Design: Martin Pilz
Livestreamproduction: Jonathan Florez
Production Management: M.i.C.A. – Movement in Contemporary Art
Supported by funds from the IMPACT-Förderung program of Berlin’s Senate Department for Culture and Europe.
A co-production between Ming Poon and English Theatre Berlin | International Performing Arts Center.
English Theatre Berlin
The video documentation is produced by Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):