Scope and arrangement
The audio portion of the collection consists of recordings related to the career of Ping Chong, and his company, originally the Fiji Company, but re-named Ping Chong and Company. Items are mostly sound elements or effects, including many production, pre-production, or working recordings for works created, produced and/or directed by Ping Chong, as well as a few recordings of actual performances, rehearsals, or interviews. Some of the audio is from collaborations with other artists including Meredith Monk and Muna Tseng, among others.
Work titles represented in the collection include: After Sorrow, AM/AM: the articulated man, Angels of Swedenborg, Anna into nightlight, Astonishment and the twins, Brightness, Chinoiserie, Deshima, Elephant memories, Fear and loathing in Gotham, Humboldt's current, I will not be sad in this world, Kind ness, Maraya: acts of nature in geological time, Nosferatu: a symphony of darkness, Nuit Blanche, OBON: tales of rain and moonlight, Pojagi, A Race, Rainer and the knife, Slut for art, Snow, and Undesirable elements, among others.
The Ping Chong archive. Audio materials are arranged in thirty-six series:
AFTER SORROW is an evening-length dance theater work composed of four solos performed by Muna Tseng. The first three pieces - L'Histoire Chinoise, Whispers of the Stone and 98.6: a convergence in 15 minutes - form a suite about loss and the obligations owed family and friends; the fourth piece After Sorrow (Viet Nam) is about the legacy of war.
After Sorrow is the third part of Ping Chong's East/West Series.
Chinoiserie is the second part of Ping Chong's acclaimed East/West Series.
Deshima is the first part of Ping Chong's acclaimed East/West Series.
Pojagi is the fourth part of Ping Chong's acclaimed East/West Series.