Press

“Slipping into figure-hugging dresses that give their bodies an instant languor, their way of nearly floating through space mirrors the choreographic sensibility of Wong Kar-wai in his film “In the Mood for Love.” In [Stella] this exploration of memory and legacy, Ms. Tseng asks, what do possessions reveal about a life?”
- Gia Kourlas, New York Times

Muna Tseng has something important to say.  Her work has the richness of ritual.”
- Anna Kisselgoff, New York Times

“Ping Chong and Muna Tseng polish a gesture, a line of text, a slant of light, in isolation, then slide one against another until the juxtaposition ignites a new, stunning vision…Chong’s politically charged text crackles around the serene figure of Tseng.”
- Deborah Jowitt, Village Voice

“Timeless, placeless elegance.  One gorgeous moment after another.  The changes of tone and rhythm are startling and shatter the erotic trance.  Tseng is operating in an area between traditional dance, both Asian and American, and conceptualism.  Her visual sense is striking and she attracts talented collaborators.”
- Elizabeth Zimmer, Village Voice

“A subtle and beautiful dance by a highly talented artist, a fine technique and her own very individual approach to movement.”
- John Percival, London Times

“Muna Tseng conveyed a breadth of body language that belonged to no particular country and to all.  Every move was concentrated and led to the next; they were unexpected, yet inevitable, so that they held the mind as well as the eye.”
- Dora Sowden, Jerusalem Post

“The different time frames, the environment and the happenings during the creation/gestation process gave an additional aura to the beautiful, sensitive, delicate yet solid, melancholic yet witty performance.”
- Moh Siew Lan, Goethe-Institut, Singapore

“This European premiere is shocking and exciting at the same time. A new dance dimension has been attained.”
- Roland Langer, Frankfurter Rundschau

“Each dance in the suite was like a small, beautifully formed gem, each carved around and highlighting the contrasts in Tan Dun’s music which echoed the playfulness of Bartok one moment and the impressionistic cascade of Debussy the next.”
- The Independent (London)

“Gifted artists wholly in their prime, Muna Tseng, Ping Chong and Josef Fung combine fabric, sound, light, language, music and movement to sublime effect as they meditate on the quintessence of their Chinese-ness.”
- Elizabeth Zimmer, Village Voice

“Something about the use of personal history to retrieve a sense of self and reconstruct a notion of a past that is glorified and horrified!  Something about the attempt to capture and freeze (like a photograph) that lent itself to the struggles that occur when one generation shifts away not only from one land to another, but shifts values, beliefs, practices, lives!”
- Charlene Rajendran, Singapore

“Our fondest wish is for more productions like TheatreWorks’ Stella’s Room, an honest retelling of a woman’s relationship with her wealthy mother…. entertaining but, beyond that, insightful and left audiences with something to think about long after the curtains closed…. exploring issues that don’t always get as much attention as they deserve.”
- David Chew and Ashraf Safdar, weekend TODAY, Singapore

“Ping Chong’s crystalline writing and directing combines with Muna Tseng’s meticulous execution of words and gestures to convey the poignancy of small details, the infusion of life’s minutiae with historical resonance and spiritual magnitude.”
- James Frieze, Performance Review

“The poetic imagery was consistently fragile and transitory.  Meditative imagery shared space with sexual sporting and spare, wry jokes.”
- Molly McQuade, Dance Magazine

“Tseng’s images are beautiful, luminous and serene…a duet as evocative an image as I’ve seen of the fragile, playful, slightly competitive nature of sexual arousal.   Images are so beautifully rendered they approach the archetypal.”
- Laura Molzahn, Chicago Reader

“Purity of vision is sustained by Tseng and her performers who deliver intensity and maturity.  Innovative, an exciting tour de force.”
- Daryl Ries, BBC Radio Hong Kong