CAN digital commission No.4 Jasmin Kent Rodgman

17th November 2020 - 1st January 2021

An Instagram Opera led by composer Jasmin Kent Rodgman, responding to the heightened racism towards Chinese and East Asian heritage people during the pandemic. FREE click book now to follow the Instagram account ready for when it launches on 17 November.


Nineteen Ways of Looking brings together composer Jasmin Kent Rodgman, counter tenor Keith Pun, Chinese writer Chen Si’an and choreographer Si Rawlinson to create an Instagram Opera. Responding to the portrayal of and prejudice displayed towards people of Chinese and East Asian heritage in the West during the COVID-19 pandemic, this multidisciplinary work explores nineteen different perspectives that relate to isolation, media and mental health. These will be presented on social media as a moving image or still photography, accompanied by various combinations of music, dance and spoken word. Shot entirely on camera phone, each Instagram ‘square’ will contain a miniature chapter of this semi-linear narrative, unfolding post by post, unravelling in real time for viewers.

London-born British-Malaysian artist + composer Jasmin Kent Rodgman brings together the contemporary classical, electronics and sound art worlds to create powerful soundscapes and musical identities. A regular collaborator across various art forms including dance, word, film and VR, her music explores otherness, memory and plays with a sense of narrative. Activism also has an important place within her music and wider creative work; she is equally passionate about gender and racial equality and empowering others within the industry and beyond.

The 4th of six CAN digital commissions, Nineteen Ways of Looking is co-commissioned with the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA)


Composer: Jasmin Kent Rodgman

Librettist: Si’an Chen (translated by Alice Xin Liu)


Director: Jasmin Kent Rodgman

Dramaturg: Jude Christian


Executive Producer: Jasmin Kent Rodgman

Producer: Treacle Holasz

Assistant Producer: Maria Guy


DOP, Photographer & Editor: Ning Zhou


Choreography and Movement: Si Rawlinson

Filmed by Si Rawlinson

Additional Editing (Isolation, We Can Be Quiet) by Si Rawlinson


Countertenor: Keith Pun

Recorded by Keith Pun

Filmed by Keith Pun and Sawako Kayaki


Contralto: Hildur Berglind Arndal

Recorded by Daniel Bøgh Nielsen

Filmed by Hildur Berglind Arndal


We Can Be Quiet: written and performed by Si Rawlinson

Featuring improvisation by David Austin Grey


Pangolin Skin: Part II written and performed by Dan Tsu


Narration: Clare Taylor, Reylon Yount, Jasmin Kent Rodgman


Designer: Anushka Tay

Food Stylist: Premila van Ommen


Musicians: Jasmin Kent Rodgman, Reylon Yount and Beibei Wang


Additional Voice: Mia Foo, Momoko Gill, Ssegawa-Ssekintu Kiwanuka, Oliver Loi-Koe, Tetsuro Miyazaki, Jasmin Kent Rodgman, Peayin Tan


Models: Mia Foo, Angela Hui, Oliver Loi-Koe, Clare Taylor, Dan Tsu, Reylon Yount


Audio Description by Anne Hornsby

Thank you also to everyone who contributed to the project’s research and development over  summer 2020. This project would not be where it is today without your invaluable insight and input. 


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