San Francisco

Winston Tong

Eureka Theatre And San Francisco Art Institute

“Solos,” an anthology of ten performance works by Winston Tong, draws from an array of sources: the artist uses the works of Rimbaud, Satie, Gershwin, Nijinsky and Chopin, to name a few. He brings to these pieces his own talents as mime, puppeteer and multimedia artist. Nevertheless, in the final production craft and reference merge into a form that is more structurally varied than conventional theatre and more illusionistic (and deliberately entertaining) than the usual performance art offerings.

Tong juxtaposes the unanticipated so that his works take on the appearance and feeling of ritual. In A Rimbaud the artist’s dispassionate recitation of Illuminations is followed by the lighting of seven candles in a footlight configuration, and a death scene enacted with four puppets. A Rimbaud shows Tong at his most mysterious; the ceremonial and atmospheric effects do not lend themselves either

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