Discarded… during my 20s
Yi Dai’s new works for her exhibition, Discarded... during my 20s urge us to think about order. Order found within our relationships to the intrinsic order in structures around us, and the order in which our lives are governed by. Speaking to Yi Dai in her London studio about this exhibition, I was first struck by the bold, explorative nature in her practice. At some point during the extensive conversation, she mentioned Kontakthof, Pina Bausch’s seminal work conceived in 1978. Its repetitive elements, whether set to specific segments of music, or simply recognisable mundane gestures, are all woven together in the choreography to compose new, nuanced meanings. Among many of the far-reaching legacies of Tanztheater Wuppertal is how disparate art forms can approach universal themes of vulnerability, in a way that invokes infinite personal familiarities.