Jen Shyu

Zero Grasses is a multilingual ritual music drama about how human greed begets inanimate objects that shut out natural life. The performance is for a 20-piece orchestra, whose members will each dance, play, and sing together as chorus, with Shyu on vocals, electronics, dance, Japanese biwa, Taiwanese moon lute, Korean gayageum, piano. As technology advances, humanity stammers, stumbles. Blinded, we’re unable to perceive signs of unstoppable force of Nature’s water-wind-land-fire (tsunami, hurricane, earthquake, wildfire). Through ancient, modern, feminist myth, music, and movement, Zero Grasses shows how people recount loss in disaster and how humans can and must regain connection with nature and each other.