Jian Yi’s practice is rooted in an ongoing enquiry into the ambiguities of emotional experience. Integrating an affective-compulsive kind of radical movement practice based in shamanistic trance – their work primarily engages Eastern philosophy and arts practices, questions of identity, race/sexuality/Diaspora – and exploring the ways in which performance practice can be expanded to enter a territory of the experiential-unconscious.
Through their multidisciplinary work, Yi seeks to explore the experiential trauma of marginalised persons within our society, such as neurodiverse and queer people of colour, and how we reflect on the broader human condition of our spiritual suffering under contemporary contexts of late neo-liberal Capitalism. They interrogate these thematics by creating affects of depersonalised experience, estranging everyday realities through intensified mental and emotional states. Generating symbolic-schizoid works, this makes audiences question the existential conditions of reality – through feelings that things could somehow be different...
Their work has been presented in major institutions such as The Kitchen NYC, New Museum, ACMI Melbourne and CCA Glasgow. They have recently been selected to represent Scotland at the International Forum, Theatertreffen Berliner Festspiele – an awarded fellowship for young performance makers under 35. Other awards include The Work Room/Nethy Bridge, Dance Base Edinburgh and Dance4 Bursary/Residency 2021.