“How do you begin to reflect on a health crisis that has impacted billions of people globally in a myriad of different ways? In what way and in what form can you begin to tell these stories? Are we too close to it, too in the midst of it, to even attempt such a thing? I’m certain I’m unable to answer such questions in a manner that is particularly comprehensive- but I feel compelled to step forward and take a plunge anyway”– Quang Kien Van
Triptych is a new trio of short films by Quang Kien Van reflecting on experiences of Lockdown, Quarantine and Isolation that became ubiquitous in 2020 and continues to this day. The three films will be available on our YouTube channel from the below dates.
Triptych Part 1
From Thursday 25th March 7:00pm
March 2021, a year on from the “unprecedented”, Part 1 explores the life-force of creativity and the defiance of art-making in the face of crushing crisis.
Triptych Part 2
From Friday 26th March 7:00pm
March 2021, 12 months on from the “new normal”, Part 2 explores notions of freedom and wild rebellion when the body and spirit is subjected to the trauma of sustained forced confinement.
Triptych Part 3
From Saturday 27th March 7:00pm
March 2021, when the unprecedented became the surreal, became the mundane; Part 3 explores the search for answers in a wasteland populated with only agonising questions.
Quang Kien Van – Director, Writer and Choreographer
Suki Mok – Co-director, DOP and Editor
Millie Ansari – Producer
Michael Phong Le
Quang Kien Van works as a choreographer, movement director and teacher. His choreographic credits include: Mid-Autumn Dances, Lunar Shadows (QKV Projects); SHAME: a double bill (Bang Bang Bang Group); Lunar Orbits, Lunar Corps (Chinese Arts Space); Tottenham Symphony, Bunny Dance (Royal Court/Beyond the Court). In 2019 he was awarded an MGCFutures Bursary to develop a new stage work entitled Babylon. Movement direction credits include: Boots (Bunker Theatre); Forgotten (Yellow Earth Theatre/Moongate Productions); Goats, Pah-la (Royal Court Theatre). He has lead workshops and courses for organisations such as Mountview Academy, Scottish Dance Theatre and Yellow Earth Theatre. As a dancer, Quang performed with companies such as Adventures in Motion Pictures, Skanes Danstheater, Peter Schaufuss Ballet, ENO, Cirque du Soleil, Michael Clark Company, Salon K Berlin, Scottish Dance Theatre and The Royal Court Theatre amongst others.
Suki Mok is a Director of Photography specialising in commercial, documentary and narrative films. His work has been on show at various international film festivals.
Film credits include work for Adidas, Nike, Samsung, RSA, Visa, Canon, EA Sports, Man UTD, Volvic, Gore-tex, Wella, Carphone Warehouse, Mobil 1 and the British Army to name but a few. Photo credits include work for South China Morning Post, Evening Standard, Marie Claire and various national newspapers and clients
He’s also the director at Square + Circle Productions. www.sukimok.com
Millie Ansari launches content from conception through to completion. She develops projects, runs profitable productions, and delivers products that achieve their potential. As a seasoned Producer, she has received a few awards for her productions including some from the Los Angeles Film Awards and the New York Cinematography Awards.
Millie produces commercials, branded content and large social campaigns for brands such as Lidl, E.ON, PepsiCo, Accenture, KPMG, AXA, National Trust, The British Army & EE and has had work featured in various international films festivals.
Jasmine Chiu is a freelance dance artist, actor, choreographer, and writer based in London. Born in Hong Kong and raised in Vancouver BC, she’s moved through New York City
to London working with the likes of Wayne McGregor, Akram Khan, Elisa Monte, Chase Brock, the Cohan Collective, and visual artist Anthea Hamilton. Jasmine played the role of ‘Little Phoenix’ at The Shed NYC’s martial arts spectacle Dragon Spring Phoenix Rise, and is currently performing with Dresden-based multimedia artist Ulf Langheinrich in VORTEX. She holds a BFA Dance from The Boston Conservatory.
Duane Nasis is a movement artist and cabaret performer. Filipino-born, UAE- raised and London-based, their journey into movement began in 2015 with Lucha Libre wrestling and gymnastics before exploring street dance styles (voguing, waacking, house & locking), contemporary dance as well as physical theatre. Developing a unique movement vocabulary has seen them work for people such as Robyn, Sadlers Wells, Underbelly Festival Southbank, as well as a solo performance with the Turner Prize-nominated artist Anthea Hamilton.
Michael Phong Le’s theatre credits include: WeRNotVirus (Omnibus Theatre), Long Me (Vaults) Summer Rolls (Park Theatre & Bristol Old Vic) Forgotten (Arcola Theatre & TheatreRoyal Plymouth).
Screen credits include: Normal People (BBC), The Catherine Tate Show (BBC), DCI Banks (ITV) and Hooten & The Lady (Sky). He trained at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
Sophia Preidel was born in Germany where she competed as a gymnast before starting her dance training at the Iwanson School for Contemporary Dance in Munich at the age of 19. After graduating in 2009, Sophia moved to London. In the UK she has worked with companies such as Gwyn Emberton, United Fall/Emma Martin, Fleur Darkin Company, Vex Dance Theatre, Quang Kien Van, Recoil Performance Group from Denmark, Pair Dance, and ACE dance and music. Sophia also worked on many opera productions (Royal Opera House, Welsh National Opera, Berlin State Opera, Irish National Opera, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Salzburg Opera, Vlaamse Opera), both as dancer and assistant choreographer to choreographers Amir Hosseinpour and Aletta Collins. Since 2017 she has been working with Geneva based company Alias.
Sophie Yau-Sylvestre is a British East Asian singer and songwriter based in London. The first single from her new project ‘Yau’ will be released later this year