The forbidden Tongue – Prologue

World Premiere

The forbidden Tongue – Prologue

Hong Kong/ 2021/ 72mins/ Cantonese/ Chinese & English subtitles

The Chinese title, Nüshu, inspired by Helen Lai’s choreographic piece under the same name, documented 9 different female choreographers’ creative journeys from 2017 to 2020. It is also a comparison to the unique written language, literally translated as “female writing”, developed over generations by peasant women in Jiangyoung Country, Hunan Province, practised only among women and remained unknown to the outside world until the 1960s. By incorporating writings of contemporary Hong Kong female writers, Bik-wan Wong and Xi Xi, the director reveals different female perspectives, gives them their voices and creates dislogues through dance.

Rita Nga-shu Hui
Participating artists
Wai-Mei Yeung, Abby Chan, Ivy Tsui, Qiao Yang, Blue Ka-wing, KT Ka-Hei Yau, Rebecca Pik-kei Wong, Cheuk-yin Mui, Helen Lai

Screening details

Golden Scene Cinema