Taiwan Season: NuShu
  • Edinburgh Fringe

NuShu is a coded script invented by women in Hunan, China to record their private thoughts and feelings. Handed down from one generation to another in a dialect men couldnt understand, the language captures the happy and sorrowful experiences of the Hunan women. Passed on through poetry, NuShu conveys a vivid sense of their lives, which inspired Taiwanese choreographer Tan Hui-Chen to visit China and study this nearly lost language: its origin, form and style, and to create a strong, subtle dance piece for Water Reflection Dance Ensemble that celebrates the wisdom and beauty of women.