Every dollar is a soldier/
With money you’re a dragon
By Daniel York Loh & An-Ting Chang
‘With money you’re a dragon
Without it you’re a worm
Find a place that you can build on
And a way to hold on firm…’
‘Every dollar is a soldier/with money you’re a dragon’
Join us for a virtual promenade performance inside the CAN X TWO TEMPLE PLACE digital art gallery.
William Waldorf Astor, who built Two Temple Place was part of one of the great immigrant dynasty success stories. His great-grandfather migrated from rural Germany to America in the 1790s. Within a few years, the Astor family was rubbing shoulders with Presidents and owned huge sections of New York, including vast slums.
Four generations later, William Waldorf Astor fled America for England, threatened with kidnapping and feeling hated in his own country, in search of a new place to belong.
In Every dollar is a soldier/with money you’re a dragon, writer and performer Daniel York Loh unravels Astor’s apparent success story 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.
Mixing gaming and 3D technology, this experimental 45 minute production mixes original music, virtual performances and a new script exploring the migrant experience, from the poorest of Chinese sailors who jumped ship in the East End, to the richest of men like William Waldorf Astor.
Every dollar is a soldier/with money you’re a dragon is set ‘after hours’ in the gallery, twenty audience members, visible to each other as their chosen avatars gather in the lobby and start by following the glowing orb that guides us through the virtual galleries.
As we travel through, we meet choreographer and dancer Si Rawlinson, musicians Wang Xiao and Cheng Yu, playing An-Ting Chang’s contemporary new score on traditional Chinese instruments and meet Astor himself, played by Daniel York Loh, whose poetic and powerful narration runs throughout the performance.
Limited to 20 per performance.
The exhibition needs to be viewed on a laptop or computer using Google Chrome, Opera or Firefox. For best sound quality please use headphones.
Writer/Actor: Daniel York Loh
Director/Composer: An-Ting Chang
Designer: Christine 挺欢 Urquhart
Creative Technologist: Ian Gallagher
Director of Photography: Zhou Ning
Choreographer/Dancer: Si Rawlinson
Musicians: Wang Xiao (erhu), Cheng Yu (pipa)
Performer/Artist: Chloe Wing
Interface designer: Rich Brown @rvlvagency
How do I watch the performance?
You can watch the performance on a laptop or desktop computer. You will receive a link the day before the performance and a reminder two hours before the performance. The performance page can take some time to load so we recommend accessing the link at least 15 minutes before the performance. We recommend using headphones and closing down other applications, programmes and browser tabs during the performance for the best experience.
If your link does not work then contact email@example.com and someone will help you.
Please note that mobile phones and tablets are not suitable for accessing the production.
What should I expect?
You will be able to enter the performance space ahead of the performance and explore the empty virtual gallery. Announcements will let you know when the performance is due to begin. At the start of the show, your avatar will automatically be taken to the starting point for the performance. Actors, dancers and musicians will populate the space during the show – if you do not see them, either refresh the page to reload or press H for help, to access the livestream instead.
How do I interact during the performance?
During the performance, audience members can use the controls to look and move around the space.
Each audience member will be given a choice of avatar and you will be able to see each other’s avatars throughout to recreate the shared experience of watching a live performance.
You can interact with other audience members or show your reaction to the performance using the bow, spin and heart functions.
Do I need to know about gaming or technology to enjoy the performance? Do I need gaming equipment?
No, although the performance uses gaming technology, we do not expect audiences to have a knowledge of gaming. We have tested the performances with a range of people including those with little technological experience.
You do not need gaming equipment, but please make sure to use a laptop or computer rather than your phone. Your device must have either a keyboard or a controller and you need to use Chrome, Edge, Firefox or Opera browsers.
Can I share my performance link?
No, you will be issued with a unique link to access the performance which will only work once for your booked performance. If you share the link with someone else, only one of you will be able to access the performance.
Can I pause or rewind the performance?
No, each performance is live with unique interactions with your fellow audience members so you cannot pause or rewind the performance.
What happens if I cannot join the performance from the start?
If you are running late, you can still join the performance. You will see the content from the point at which you join not from the start. Alternatively, contact firstname.lastname@example.org and if we have capacity, we can move your booking to another date.
What happens if the performance freezes?
If the performance freezes, refresh the page and it will load again. You then have the option to either rejoin the performance or to watch the livestream of the performance if you are worried about further connectivity issues. If you rejoin the performance, your avatar will automatically be generated near the performers so you do not need to worry about navigating to find the performance within the gallery. The livestream will allow you to watch the performance but you will not be able to control your movements or avatar reactions during the show. You can ask for the livestream link via email@example.com or press H for help in the exhibition to access the link.
What happens if the performance does not load?
On the loading page, there is a link available to allow you to watch a livestream of the performance in case the performance does not load on your computer. You can also ask for this link via firstname.lastname@example.org. This will allow you to watch the performance but you will not be able to control your movements or avatar reactions during the show.
What is the suggested age guidance for the performance?
Due to the subject matter, the performance is suitable for children aged 14 and over. For those under 18, we recommend watching the performance together with an adult.