SCHEHERAZADE’S SEA 2010

Presenting

SCHEHERAZADE’S SEA

– a mixed media, multisensory installation and performance

by Dawn-joy Leong

(All components of this work belong solely to Dawn-joy Leong)

Premiered 9 April 2010, Hung Hing Ying Building, Rotunda,

The University of Hong Kong.

“Inside the confines of a small physical space, for a brief half hour or so, unfolds an intimate micro cosmos, where the surreal merges with hyper-reality, and senses are engaged in a seamless interplay of expressions and experiences. Scheherazade’s Sea explores the fragmented sensory realm of my own autistic consciousness, in which music and sound carry visual meanings, verbal communication accompanies olfactory associations, symbolisms abound and heightened awareness of sensorial details can sometimes be disjointed, confusing and overwhelming, other times comforting and humorous, but always dynamic and alive.”

 (Programme Synopsis, 9 April 2010 performance)

SCHEHERAZADE’S SEA @youtube – playlist (please click to watch on youtube)

1. INTRODUCTION

2. THE SEA

“Diving into the bottom of the ocean, laying bare hidden anguish, releasing the silent scream.”

3. TWO

“Two in the morning, love found and lost, love mistaken, love that never was.”

4. THE LITTLE MINDBLIND DUCKLING

“A story about mistaken meanings and a different Theory of Mind.”

5. BLEEDING CESSPOOLS

“A personal encounter with two people – the blue frog and poison ivy – a neurotypical dance of interpersonal manipulation, a web of deceit, autistic confusion and trauma.”

6. CALL & RESPONSE

“A surrealistic conversation.”

7. ORANGES & MILKSHAKES

“How much do we consciously notice about the sounds, images, smells and tastes that surround us in our daily lives? In this segment, members of the audience are invited to participate in a multisensory experience, bringing to the conscious level some sounds, images, smells, tastes and textural sensations from ordinary daily routines, which usually go unnoticed by most. For the autistic person with hypersensitivity, such innocuous stimuli can become an excruciating and overwhelming bombardment of the senses, triggering high anxiety levels, leading to sensory overload, which often contribute to meltdown and social withdrawal.”

8. LE PETIT GARÇON & BUNNYBLU

“A little twee story about a brief encounter between two very silly children.”

9. SCHEHERAZADE’S SEA – FISH DREAMING

“This segment explores various facets of life in the Autism Spectrum: sensory overload, stimming, social isolation, naiveté, parallel play, difficulties in communication, etc. It also offers personal reflections on finding an oasis of peace, fulfillment and resolution within the chaos and confusion.”

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PHOTO GALLERY

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