in collaboration with Ming Wong
In 2017, Yu Cheng-Ta and Singaporean artist Ming Wong created a performance duo Watermelon Sisters. In the performances, they take on their alter-egos, the Watermelon Sisters - gender-fluid butch/femme ghetto spiritual sistas who want to help humankind to ‘twerk’ their way to sexual freedom.
The video "Watermelon Love" commemorated the first major survey of LGBTQ - themed art in Asia, “Spectrosynthesis,” and celebrated Taiwan’s high court ruling to approve same-sex marriage.
With this work, they referenced Chinese historical dramas, ancient Chinese myths, western drag culture and the queer night life scene to create iconic images and use the watermelon as a metaphor for queer(juicy) desire and fluidity.
Building on this project, in 2019, the CND (National Dance Center) in France invited the Watermelon Sisters to hold a one- week workshop with professional dancers. As an extension of their works connected to dance, the project "Watermelon Sisters Go Camping in Paris" incorporated popular forms of digital culture which spread virally.
The workshop was like an interactive game. The participants were asked to reinterpret our 3D-avatars, and their body movements were captured through Kinect. Then, digital bodies were simulated from their choreography. The final presentation was a Watermelon Sisters Party that straddled the border between the real and virtual worlds.
Watermelon Sisters Go Camping in Paris
2019 ©Zito Tseng
Artist: Yu Cheng-Ta, Ming Wong
Choreographer/Assistant Director: Josh Serafin
Music: Konstantin von Sichart
Music production: Konstantin von Sichart
Production manager: Elisa Hengen
Camera/post-production: Konstantin von Sichart
Lighting: Juan Ortiz
Lighting assistant/sound: Jan-Frederik Metje
Costume production: Erna Ostanek Ceca Barbic, Marieke Van Reusel
Hair and Makeup: Samantha Pottmeier
Production assistant: Han Tang
Stills Photographer: Sirio Magnabosco