Chromic Duo
From Roots We Carry

Crystal Ballroom Somerville Th - Crystal Ballroom

Lucy Yao and Dorothy Chan, as Chromic Duo, use toy pianos, “real” pianos, electronics, and multimedia to uncover truths and reimagine human connection.

From Roots We Carry explores the complex intergenerational legacies that live inside of everyone. The artists interviewed community members and asked them, "What do you carry? What have we inherited through familial bonds from the past generation? What are the legacies that we want to keep, and what are some that we want to shed?"

Collaborating with multidisciplinary artist Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya, Chan and Yao created a performance experience that invites audiences to reflect on their own bonds with their past—both the gifts given to us by our ancestors and the heights and weight of those expectations we feel obligated to reach—and to choose what we want to keep carrying, and what to leave behind. 

Program Details

Ryuichi Sakamoto, "20220302 / Sarabande" + Joe Hisaishi, "Path of the Wind", arr. Chromic Duo

Andy Akiho, "Karakurenai", arr. Chromic Duo
Maurice Ravel, “Pavane pour une infante défunte”, arr. Chromic Duo

Samn Johnson, "Yeartide"

Yasmin Williams, “Urban Driftwood”

Chromic Duo, "From Roots We Carry"

“And that’s what was so compelling about Chromic Duo’s show— you got to decide the story that fit the composition and let it take you closer or further away from your identity. ”

KRUI-FM (Iowa City)

Crystal Ballroom Venue Information

Stave Sessions is generously supported by
Susan & Michael Thonis.

This performance is made possible in part by support from Celebrity Series' LIVE PERFORMANCE! Arts for All Innovation Funds.