Performance & Presentation Date:

Tuesday May 4th, 2004
4th Floor. 8 pm.
(technical presentation, no stage performance)

Wednesday May 5th, 2004

6th Floor. 1 pm.

Sunday May 9th, 2004   
Lowes Theater, 2nd Floor. 7 pm.

@ Tisch School of the Arts, NYU
721 Broadway, New York


Emily Chang

Ann Poochareon

Pradeepa Jeevamanoharan

Chien Yuan

Masters Thesis Performance by Ann Poochareon and Emily Chang

Interactive Telecommunications Program and
Department of Performance Studies

Tisch School of the Arts, New York University

“Papermoon” is a contemporary retelling of the Chinese myth of Chang-O, the moon goddess, in the form of theater and video performance. Using poetry, dance, and video, collaborating artists Ann Poochareon and Emily Chang spin a traditional tale into an experimental production that combines multiple artistic genres with modern technology. The artists use real-time video processing with camera feedback and digital audio in conjunction with spoken word, movement, and classical Southern Indian dance.

There are numerous versions of the folklore surrounding the story of Chang-O, but this brief multimedia performance creates its own imagining of the ancient myth. “Papermoon” explores the melancholic life of Chang-O alone on the moon, as she slips in and out of a dream-world of reverie and memory, blurring the boundaries between the real and the imaginary. Through their perspective as Asian Americans bred and educated in the U.S., the artists use the project to explore mistranslation and reconstruction of culture between countries, languages, and generations

Project Collaborators:

Emily Chang, Performance Studies masters candidate, Tisch School of the Arts
Ann Poochareon, Interactive Telecommunications Program masters candidate, Tisch School of the Arts

Guest Artists:

Pradeepa Jeevamanoharan, Dancer
Chien Yuan, Music Composer
Niluka Samarasekera & Colin Fisher, Costume Designers

Detailed Project Description (PDF)

Video of Performances:

Wednesday, May 5th 2004
Performance Studies Department
Click here for video [approx 10 Minutes, 32 MB]

Sunday, May 9th 2004
ITP Thesis Performances
Click here for video [approx 10 Minutes, 31 MB]