FreeSteps - NiNi
NiNi stands in the twilight under her lantern. She turns and twists her body to the sounds of meditative, traditional gongs. Wrapped completely in herself, she still perceives her surroundings and us during her rotations. In New York, in Taipeh, in Tainan, in Plovdiv, in Darmstadt or in Munich. The solo piece FreeSteps – NiNi lets time stand still in public spaces. It is part of the FreeSteps series, planned for a period of ten years, by the choreographer SU Wei-Chia, co-founder of the Taiwanese company HORSE. The permeability of the body, the relationship between contours, movements, rhythm, music, and light encounters day-to-day life in public spaces. Whoever stops and surrenders to the magic of the moment becomes part of the community of onlookers, part of what happens. Beyond the magic of the moment FreeSteps – NiNi conveys the political insight that a safe public space is not guaranteed.
HORSE was founded in 2004 and produces not only choreographic works but also sees itself as a platform for international collaborations, outreach programs, and curatorial projects. In 2008 Velocity received the Taishin Arts Award, the most prominent art award in Taiwan, and in 2013 SU Wei-Chia received the Kurt Jooss Award for 2 Men.