Sonic Intimacies and Queer Resonances: Performance by Mantawoman

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In this performance, Mantawoman will serve her signature blend of Chinese folk, contemporary classical and original hypnopop music for yangqin and voice. The set, which will incorporate conversation with the audience, reflects on the nature of change, identity as performance, and music as a medium for self-transcendence.

This event is part of Sonic Intimacies and Queer Resonances, a programme that explores sonics' transformational qualities and materialises as a series of encounters, as an ensemble of notes and voices, a score to imagine new possibilities of thinking the multidirectional and multilinear pasts and futures. It looks into the embodied and affective connections that arise from encounters across sound waves, an intimacy predicted not by physical proximity but by the commitment to articulating the dynamics of how bodies and voices interact and relate. Bringing together practices that build and tie together politics of representation and sparked a method of listening that centres queer sonic intimacies across time and space.

About the event

Free. Limited Capacity.

Booking is required.

Seating is available.


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This event is held in The Space.

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Mantawoman is a sacred siren tempting us toward change and self-transcendence through heartfelt musical performances. Her unique path as a yangqin player has carried her across genres, including Chinese folk, contemporary classical, modern pop, and experimental improvisation. Videos of her playing have garnered millions of views on social media. She couples this affinity for the internet with a deep-rooted history of rigorous musical practice. Trained in San Francisco and Beijing, she is a member of the GRAMMY Award-winning Silkroad Ensemble and an avid recording artist, featuring on soundtracks for Marvel’s SHANG CHI: Legend of the Ten Rings and Netflix’s 1899.

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