Co-Commissioned with OzAsia, Co-Presented with CAAP

The Bridal Lament

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Rainbow Chan. Still: Capsule 48


Rainbow Chan 陳雋然

Dates & Session Times

Thursday 19 Oct - 8:30pm
Friday 20 Oct - 8:30pm
Saturday 21 Oct - 8:30pm
Sunday 22 Oct - 6:30pm


Bay 20, Carriageworks Sydney

245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh


AUSLAN Interpreter on 20 October only

Lead Artist and Performer
Rainbow Chan 陳雋然

Tessa Leong

Choreographic Consultants
Amrita Hepi and Victoria Hunt

Video Design
Rel Pham

Set & Costume Design
Al Joel & Emily Borghi

Lighting Concept
Govin Ruben

Cultural Consultant and Narrator
Irene Cheung 張翠屏

Lighting Realisers
Susie Henderson and Sam Read

Video Programmer
Daniel Herten

Stage Manager
Jen Jackson 

Sound Operator
Annika Unsen

The Bridal Lament

The Bridal Lament is an ambitious new performance and music project by award-winning vocalist, producer and multi-disciplinary artist Rainbow Chan 陳雋然. Drawing on her Weitou ancestry (first settlers of Hong Kong), the work reimagines a Weitou ritual known as the bridal lament, a public performance of grief in which a bride wept and sang in front of family and friends. Brides expressed bitterness towards their arranged marriages and the patriarchal rule in this liminal space. The work, conceived and structured as a song cycle, brings to life intergenerational and cross-cultural perspectives on diasporic experiences and the complex history of Hong Kong. Featuring a suite of new songs from Chan, The Bridal Lament pays homage to the Weitou ritual, bringing to life a dynamic world of projection, movement and colour.

Duration: 65 minutes

General Admission
Adult: $45+BF
Concession: $35+BF

Content Warnings:
Use of haze
Loud sounds
Flashing projected imagery

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Co-commissioned by Performance Space and OzAsia, and presented by Performance Space and Contemporary Asian Australian Performance. Supported by the Australian Government through Creative Australia, its principal arts investment and advisory body, City of Melbourne through Arts House, the Besen Foundation, Playking Foundation, the National Foundation for Australia-China Relations, and West Kowloon Cultural District and with commissioning support from Carriageworks.

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