This work is packed with history, knowledge and emotion…so much emotion that it brought a friend to tears. The music accompanying the imagery was infectious, meditative, transitory, crawling into my psyche…repetitious beats reinforced the clarity of the images, their power and resonance — Rachel Marsden
Ye Shanghai is a film accompanied by live music by Italian film maker, theatre director and composer Roberto Paci Dalò. With each performance, Paci Dalò performs an original improvised live-score set to historical film footage of Japanese-occupied Shanghai culled from the British Film Institute’s archives. The film’s focus is the story of the Shanghai Ghetto, a one square mile area located in the Hongkou district of Japanese-occupied Shanghai and home to over 20,000 Jewish refugees from all across Europe who were relocated during World War II. Accompanying the film, Paci Dalò creates an infectious, meditative and haunting sound score by decomposing and deconstructing the 1937 hit Nights of Shanghai by singer Zhou Xuan. By combining live instrumental sounds, electronics and sampled archival material, Paci Dalò creates a rich sonic texture of immense power.
Ye Shanghai premiered on September 6th at SH Contemporary Art Fair, Shanghai. It was commissioned by Massimo Torrigiani for SH Contemporary 2012 and produced by Davide Quadrio and Francesca Girelli
Roberto Paci Dalò is a musician, film maker, theatre director, visual artist – active for years on the international scene, creates his work starting with sound and drawing, then expanding to sculpture, installation, music, film, performance, and collaborative projects, between institution, the independent scene, and pop culture.