I Swallowed a Moon made of iron
Requiem of Our Digital Age
Created and performed by NJO KONG KIE 楊光奇
Set to the poetry of XU LIZHI 許立志 (1990 - 2014)
Chinese poet Xu Lizhi writes about his life making electronic parts on an assembly line in Shenzhen, China. Powerful, haunting and gut-wrenching, Xu’s words give voice to millions of migrant workers around the globe whose existence is often forgotten. In this multimedia song cycle for solo voice and piano, Toronto composer Njo Kong Kie sets Xu’s shattering poetry to song and pays tribute to the life of Xu Lizhi and countless others whose unseen struggles lay the foundation of our digital lives.
Performed in Mandarin with English surtitles.
“Everything about this show is thoughtful, measured, and well pitched. It celebrates and mourns Xu and destabilizes viewers in important and timely ways. You’ll not look at your cell phone the same way again”
- Toronto Star
“Njo's score is a marvel, conveying a vast spectrum of places and complicated emotions with heartbreaking lyricism”
– The List, Edinburgh
A Music Picnic and Point View Art Production ©2019
Premiered at Canadian Stage in Toronto, May 2019