Renter Spotlight: Chia-Hui Cheng - Gibney
Week of August 5, 2020
Making space for

Renter Spotlight:
Chia-Hui Cheng

On a normal day, Gibney’s 23 studios are a bustling artistic nexus. We love walking down the hallway and seeing different artists, different projects, and different communities making each space their own. We are missing that feeling, and want to find a way to share it with you.

We’ve asked a group of renters whose rehearsals, showings, workshops, and events have been postponed or suspended to give us a glimpse of what they’re working on, share the ways we can support them right now, and tell us what the first thing they’ll do is once they’re back in the studio.

The first thing we’ll do? Close our eyes, feel the floor supporting us, and take a deep breath of gratitude.


RENTER SPOTLIGHT:  Chia-Hui Cheng

“…we’re really looking forward to physically connecting again as physicality is such an important part of every day human life whether we consciously think about it or not”

Who are you?
Arsenal Movement dance project pushes the boundaries of the human limit by viscerally communicating the deepest imaginations through hyper-physical movement.  This footage is a rehearsal of our ongoing full length stage project “Operation:  Alice”.  Inspired by Alice in Wonderland, choreographed by Chia-hui Cheng in collaboration in the video with Jordan Bailey, Chiquita Limer, and Kailey McLaughlin.  This piece focuses on an individual thrown out of a familiar place and tracks them through their adventure.  It is an exploration of the battle we have within ourselves concerning the self through the use of mirrors literally and figuratively.  It begs the question, who are we in this world?

How can we support you right now?
Instagram: @arsenalmovementdanceproject

What are you most looking forward to about being back in the studio?
Being isolated has been so rough on our psyche, we’re really looking forward to physically connecting again as physicality is such an important part of every day human life whether we consciously think about it or not.  It has been magnified through every day quarantine life since we are limited to certain activities.  We can’t wait to give each other hugs, connecting through movement, and just being/creating in each other’s presence physically.