Monologue is about psychological experience of women. Inspired by women’s diaries and “Nu Shu” which is an old writing system in China used only among women, Monologue tries to convey women’s internal and external contradictories which comes from the conflicts between the personal emotion and external constraints. Besides, Monologue is also reflection on traditional culture, aesthetics and patriarchy society. Therefore, dance, Chinese music, multimedia animation and interactive installation are combined and employed. The images of animation present the style of Chinese calligraphy. Dancers’ movements respond to the soft but intense characteristics of Chinese calligraphy. However, the interaction between dancers and that between dance and animation are sometimes violent. The contrasts symbolize the constraints on and the conflicts of women.
As an interdisciplinary work, Monologue combines new technologies and the elements of classical art from Chinese dance, music and calligraphy. New Technologies such as Flash Programming, IR Sensor Installation, WiiRemote are employed in this work. Through the new technologies, classical images and dancers’ interaction with each other and with the animation, Monologue present the idea of rethinking tradition and the relationship between tradition and women.