Minsheng WE Theater: The Act of Listening

The art of sound and the art of performance both occupy an untouchable space. Existing momentarily in front of an audience, disappearing without a trace. They are things that you cannot hold onto, that you cannot have, that you can just experience for one fleeting moment. The performance consists of four members of S.L.A.T.E. Drawing inspiration from sound emissions, the performers listen, react, interpret, leave you with something. They provide another ephemeral layer to the act of listening.


Three performers move within the exhibition hall, standing out from the darkness, guided by the sounds of the atmosphere and audience. They are darkness and light, what cannot be touched.  Listen. They manifest the sound waves, resonance, vibrations. They create a tangible world in response to what only can be perceived. 


(Reservation available)

15:00-15:25 (The first session)


15:35-16:00 (The second session)

*The content of the two sessions is the same.

About the Artists


From Los Angeles, Anneliese is an artist working in dance, film and video. Her work also involves in a large part ‘arts facilitation’ and creating opportunities for other artists in the community. She received her BFA from California Institute of the Arts in performance, choreography and production. After graduating she danced with the Li Chicago-Ping Dance company for two seasons, and later attended University of Wisconsin-Madison for a Masters in film and video as well as Prague Film School for a program in directing. In 2013 she co-founded the community art space Basement 6 Collective where she currently works to facilitator exhibitions, residencies and public events. In 2014 she founded SLATE contemporary dance company, with the hopes of developing the contemporary dance scene in Shanghai. She has presented her own work and been invited to perform with other artists at a number of Shanghai institutions including : MOCA Shanghai, Power Station of Art, Minsheng Art Museum, Chronus Art Center, Himalaya Art Center’s Shanghai Project, Vision Art Center, TED X Suzhou, Mcam, K11, Shanghai Normal University and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra House to name a few. She is currently pursuing her Master’s at Shanghai Theater Academy.


From Massachusetts, she studied at Betty Gundersen Studio of Dance and Ballet Arts Worcester (formerly the Performing Arts School of Worcester). She received her high school diploma from University of North Carolina School of the Arts (with a ballet emphasis) and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance performance from the Alonzo King's LINES Ballet/Dominican University BFA Program in 2011.

In 2011, she joined Stephen Shropshire's company, Noord Nederlands Dans after receiving a fellowship through the Princess Grace Foundation. She have also danced professionally with Alonzo King's LINES Ballet, Beijing Dance/LDTX, Vail Contemporary Dance Project, Blue Scorpion Dance Theater, Gretchen Garnett and Dancers, Daiane Lopes da Silva and Joe Landini. In 2012, she began creating work in San Francisco, CA. She was asked to be a Resident Artist with SAFE House for the Performing Arts and choreographed a duet with Corina Kinnear which premiered in 2013 at The Garage (SF). She also co-founded Vail Contemporary Dance Project with Kinnear and premiered a new work that was featured at an outdoor performance in conjunction with the Vail International Dance Festival in Vail, CO.


Kara began her training at age five at the School of the Grand Rapids Ballet Company.

In 2010, Kara graduated Summa Cum Laude from Aquinas College with a double major in English and Biology. During college, Kara continued training at GRBC and participated in the summer intensive programs at STEPS on Broadway, Merce Cunningham, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Kara also performed with the Chicago Civic Ballet, directed by Larry Long, in its production of The Nutcracker, and is a founding member of the Grand Rapids Dance Project.Kara danced for five seasons as a company member at Cleveland’s Verb Ballets Contemporary Dance Company. At Verb, she performed many outstanding and dynamic pieces, including Martha Graham’s Appalachian Spring, Heinz Poll’s Eight by Benny Goodman, Antonio Brown’s Continuum, Tommy Waheed-Evens’ Ambiguous Drives, Shapiro and Smith’s To Have and to Hold, Ian Horvath’s Laura’s Women, and the title role in Richard Dickenson’s Carmen, among many others.

Kara has taught all levels of ballet and contemporary for more than 10 years, and has sent students to the Youth American Grand Prix with her choreography and coaching.


Julie S. was born in Ukraine but belongs to the world.Choreographer, performer, teacher. She works mainly with contemporary dance, physical theatre, contact improvisation and site-specific performance. In her works she mostly interested in social problems, surreal reality, modern technologies and online process, trying to open a window to offline world.She studied at the Kharkov Ballet School on Modern Dance department. Was a student of International Dance and Performance Center TSEKH, Moscow, for 5 years. Participated in International Contact Improvisation festivals. She focused on workshops of contemporary dance, contemporary ballet, gaga language, contact improvisation, site specific performance, composition, ideokinesis.For 3 years she was a dancer of Modern Ballet studio, Kharkov, Ukraine. From 2009 to 2012 she was joining laboratoriya teatrra, Ukrainian plastic theatre company. In 2012 she became freelance dancer and founded DANCEGRITY, a company where performers can integrate and express any their own understanding of dance.


SLATE contemporary dance company has existed since 2014. Founded out of the need to encourage and nurture the independent dance scene is Shanghai. It’s members have included both local and international dance artists. Everyone contributes, everyone creates. It acts as springboard for dancers and choreographers to train and produce work. SLATE does not work commercially, asking its members and audiences to thin more experimentally.