“She′s living in a world and it’s on fire
Filled with catastrophe, but she knows she can fly away”

Retina Maneuver is a solo lecture-performance that theater maker Ping-Hsiang Wang is currently developing. The performance originates from his unexplainable obsession with Alicia Keys’s pop song “Girl On Fire.” Frustration over not remembering where he was when the song was released in 2012 drives him to delve into his digital archives. Ultimately, Wang stumbles upon a photo accidentally uploaded to his Facebook page and finds himself in a military setting, passionately engaged in bayonet drills and shouting the command “kill.”

When “Girl on Fire” is no longer just a chart-topper but a marching tune for soldiers going into battle, he wonders, will these fragile memories be annihilated by the fire of war?


In English

  • Mon, February 19, 2024 | 9pmStudio

Ping-Hsiang Wang

Created and Performed by Ping- Hsiang Wang (Taiwan) | Dramaturgy by Wan Shi (China) | Artistic Advice by Kang-Hua Chang(Indonesia/Taiwan) | Stage and Lighting Design by Yi-Ju Chou (Taiwan) | Production Management by Michael Rade (Germany)

A production by Ping- Hsiang Wang.

Coproduced by TATWERK | Performative Forschung

Supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

Supported by the residency program at PACT Zollverein (Essen), funded by the Ministry for Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

Supported by Mestizo Arts Platform/WIPCOOP

Supported by 2022 Thinkers’ Partner Project (TP Project,) Thinkers’ Studio