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Every Dollar is a Soldier / With Money You’re a Dragon


A virtual promenade performance by Chinese Arts Now

Mixing gaming and 3D technology, this experimental production fuses original music, virtual performances and a new script exploring the migrant experience. Writer and performer Daniel York Loh unravels the apparent success story of William Waldorf Astor, once considered the richest man in America, in comparison to the migration of Chinese people, at one time the biggest migrators on the planet – blown across the globe by famine, poverty, instability.

Set ‘after hours’ in a digital art gallery inspired by Two Temple Place, the neogothic mansion founded by Astor. Audiences can roam freely as avatars and choose how they wish to experience the performance.

The gallery will be open for anyone to explore throughout the showcase.

The UK’s leading platform for British Chinese artists working across artforms, Chinese Arts Now commissions, produces and presents high-quality art that is diverse, vibrant and tells Chinese stories in contemporary and innovative ways.

In 2019, CAN launched CAN Festival, the first arts festival across London dedicated to showcasing contemporary Chinese performing arts with performances at venues such as LSO St Luke’s, Rich Mix, Soho Theatre and Southbank Centre. CAN Productions have toured around the UK and internationally. Augmented Chinatown 2.0, CAN’s augmented reality app combining music and drama, is available on App Store and Google Play.

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If you would like get in touch about this work, please contact Hannah Slimmon, International Development Manager.


Chinese Arts Now, Every dollar is a soldier. Photo by Ian Gallagher
Chinese Arts Now, Every dollar is a soldier. Photo by Ian Gallagher