tank man tango: perth
” IT IS widely regarded as one of the images which changed the world: an unknown Chinese man standing in front of a line of Chinese tanks preventing their advance.” sydney morning herald, may 2009.
june 4 2009 was the 20th anniversary of the massacre of protestors at tiananmen square. tank man tango was an artwork concieved by sydney based artist deborah kelly as a public live monument to the tiananmen square protestors of june 1989.
participants around the world were invited to re-enact the steps taken by the ‘tank man’ on mass in a public setting in their own city.
pvi collective coordinated this event alongside resident cia artists hydra poesis in perth by hosting a rehearsal at cia studios on 3 june followed by the public event on the 4 june in perth city centre. pvi organised the perth version of tank man tango , a memorial made up of dancing bodies in cities around the world. an echo across time and space, multiplied against forgetting; an image, a public participatory performance; an enduring archive.
devised by: deborah kelly
performed in perth by: hydra poesis, pvi collective & creative commrades
researcher: deborah kelly & boat-people.org
performance history: may 2009
perth city centre [perth version] london, bristol, mexico, singapore, melbourne, sydney, brisbane, netherlands
beauty & brutality, behind tank man tango, sydney morning herald. may 2009
tank man tango, reeldance moving image collection