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xīn nī 廖芯妮

xīn nī 廖芯妮

Short Description: An intimate auto-ethnographical, experimental visual poem and moving-portrait, xīn nī 廖芯妮 (understanding you) explores an embodiment of ancestral and dance-technological meaning. As a listening exchange of familial storytelling, I’m navigating my contemporary cultural views within my Hakka diaspora by tracing the relationships within my given Chinese name; investigating migration, heritage, and diasporic identity.

Some of the film's presentation include The Asian Artist Culture and Trust/Holt Renfrew, Vector Festival, Femme Fatale Film Festival, MPCAS/Grunt Gallery, RT Collective Commission Film Program in partnership with Toronto Dance Theatre, in conjunction with Chimerik's project "Ritual Spective".

Directed & Written by: Jasmine Liaw
Choreography & Performance by: Jasmine Liaw
Executive Creative Collaborator: William Liaw
Featuring the Voice of: William Liaw & Anne Leong

Commissioned by:

RT Collective co-presented with Toronto Dance Theatre, in conjunction with Chimerik 似不像 Collective’s project, Ritual-Spective 迴融
DP and Cinematography by: Aysia Tse, Jasmine Liaw
Assistant Camera Operator: Dee Luu
Sound Design and Assistant Set Designer/Camera Operator: Dino Hajdarovac
Photogrammetry/3D Capture Assistants: Aysia Tse, Jenaya Liaw, William Liaw
Motion Capture Advisor: Immony Mèn (Public Visualization Lab and Dia:Stories)
Motion Capture Dance Artist: Jasmine Liaw
Archival Footage provided by: William Liaw
Editor: Jasmine Liaw

Dramaturgical and Technological Supervisor: Immony Mèn (OCAD University)
Creative Mentorship: Sammy Chien (Chimerik 似不像 Collective)

A part of the Asian Artist Culture (AACT) and Trust within their Bitten Peach project at HOLT RENFREW Yorkdale, Toronto in the form of a Capsule Exhibition running between May 25 - June 11, 2023 as well as on AACT’s Manifesto Space online exhibition.

Manifesto Space’s inaugural exhibition, The Bitten Peach: Decolonizing Queer Asians, is a group exhibition curated by Shengyu Cai and explores the intersectionality of Asian and queer identities through various artistic mediums.


Upcoming Film Festivals 2023:


Vector Festival
Curated by Fabiyino Germain-Bajowa
Wednesday, July 12, 2023

Small World Music (180 Shaw St., Toronto ON M6J 2W5)

Tickets: PWYC, $10 suggested
Doors open: 7:30 PM
 Screening starts: 8 PM 
Q&A: 8:45 PM

Mile Zero Dance (9931 - 78 Avenue, Edmonton, AB)
In-Person and Online, on-demand
Thursday, July 20th, 2023


Asian Arts & Culture Trust

Thursday, August 3rd, 2023 5pm-9pm

UrbanSpace Gallery (401 Richmond St W, Toronto ON M5V 3A8)

Femme Fatale Festival
Saturday, August 5, 2023 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM EDT
Revue Cinema (400 Roncesvalles Avenue Toronto ON M6R 2M9)
Q&A included


Liminul Film Festival

Monday, August 14th 2023

Experimental Series - Salt Lake City

EXPS/SLC Presents: Arrival/Departure

Tuesday August 29 at 7:30pm.

Union Theater - University of Utah.

Free and open to all. Total program run time 50 min.

XINEMA Program 10: Duties in the Domestic Cinema

Sunday, September 17th
VIFF’S Vancity Theatre // @viffest

1181 Seymour Street


Local Sightings Film Festival (Northwest Film Forum)

Wednesday, September 23rd 2023 6:30pm

In-Person, Virtual, and Hybrid

Northwest Film Forum’s box office (1515 12th Ave, Seattle)

Pleasure Dome - New Works Toronto

Small World Music Centre, Artscape Youngplace*
180 Shaw St, Toronto, ON M6J 2W5
This venue is wheelchair accessible

Tuesday, September 26 at 7pm
Doors at 6:30pm Screening starts promptly at 7:00pm

Free and open to the public

Emerging Digital Artist Award Exhibition at Trinity Square Video

September 9 - October 6

401 Richmond St W #121, Toronto, ON M5V 3A8

Grunt Gallery/MPCAS
Screening from March 2023 until February 2024

MPCAS Location: Intersection of Broadway & Kingsway, Vancouver, on the side of the Independent Building

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