“At first glance, the one predictable thing about Du Yun is her unpredictability. Dig deeper … you can sense the conjoined strands of curiosity and compassion that run through everything she makes.” The New Yorker


Du Yun joins with International Contemporary Ensemble to present a diptych from her seductive musical world. In Zolle, a staged performance, a dead woman wanders through the shadowy space on the border between memory and reality, tracing the lines of her identity through the land she once walked – an immigrant in death as in life. A Cockroach’s Tarantella explores religion and belonging as the essential quest and the existential dread that all sentient beings experience, cockroach or not. Scored for ensemble, electronics, and spoken word, with Du Yun as the narrator and featuring Satomi Matsuzaki (Deerhoof), the two works together explore humankind’s ubiquitous fascination with movement and alienation, amidst the hope of belonging.


Du Yun, born and raised in Shanghai, China and currently based in New York City, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, multi-instrumentalist, performance artist, activist, and curator for new music, who works at the intersection of orchestral, opera, chamber music, theatre, cabaret, musical theater, oral tradition, public performances, sound installation, electronics, visual arts, and noise. channelduyun.com

The International Contemporary Ensemble strives to cultivate a mosaic musical ecosystem that honors the diversity of human experience and expression by commissioning, developing, and performing the works of living artists. The Ensemble is a collective of musicians, digital media artists, producers, and educators who are committed to creating collaborations built on equity, belonging, and cultural responsiveness. Now in its third decade, the Ensemble continues to build new digital and live collaborative environments that strengthen artist agency and musical connections around the world. iceorg.org


We love the exploration of borders and shining a spotlight on immigrant experiences.
We love a Kafka reference – come and hear a new interlocutor for insectile existentialism as a lens into a more human experience.
Du Yun & ICE keep on winning, with international accolades – come see these prize-winners bringing their unique brilliances to this collaboration.



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Experimental Humanities & Social Engagement, Steinhardt Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions, Tisch Art & Public Policy


NYU Skirball’s programs are made possible with support from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and by Howard Gilman Foundation, Collins Building Services, Consolidated Edison, Harkness Foundation for Dance, DuBose & Dorothy Heyward Memorial Fund, New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, and Marta Heflin Foundation, as well as our valued donors through memberships and commissioning fund support.

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Fri, Apr 29 @ 7:30pm

Sat, Apr 30 @ 7:30pm

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