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Soul Leaves Her Body Peter Flaherty and Jennie MaryTai Liu

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Soul Leaves Her Body was developed through the HERE Artist Residency Program, supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Additional support was provided by The MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation; a lead residency from the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI); the Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant Program; a NYSCA Individual Artists grant; a development residency at the Corporation of Yaddo; a grant from The Experimental Television Center; and by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space program, which was created with lead support from the September 11th Fund, with project space donated by Capstone Equities. Made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State's 62 counties.

Soul Leaves Her Body played from November 5 - 23, 2010 in the Mainstage Theatre.

About the show

From a boat, a light blinks in a distant high rise. An intercom buzzes, a home is emptied. A cup of tea is left, still steaming. Set in Hong Kong and based on a 13th Century Chinese story about a young woman who rips her soul from her body, this densely choreographed film unfolds live onstage through dance theatre, video, and foley sound. Soul Leaves Her Body is a folk dance for modern life, love, and family.


Directed by Peter Flaherty
Co-Directed and Choreographed by
Jennie MaryTai Liu

Performed by: Leslie Cuyjet, Sean Donovan, Jennie MaryTai Liu, and Wai Ching Ho*

Designed by: Scott Hirsch, Peter Ksander, Lucky Dragons, Austin Switser, Brandon Wolcott, Wendy Yang Bailey, Pablo Colapinto, and Jeanette Yew

Film Performers: Jackie Au, Makoto Hirosoko, Wai Ching Ho*, Leslie Ho, Howah Hung, Rachel Lin, Jennie Mary Tai Liu, Eric Ng, Suetmann Wong

*AEA Approved Showcase

Show Press

“This is a great example of the kind of hybrid work at HERE aspires to present on a regular basis, it is technologically impressive while being emotionally engaging and accessible. ”
— Andy Horwitz, Culturebot
“[...] after seeing the high-tech Soul Leaves Her Body, I’m still dreaming in images. ”
— Helen Shaw, Time Out New York
— on the Approval Matrix, New York Magazine