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The Moon is Warmer Than the Sun

Photo by Amber Cheng

8pm. £12/£10 concessions. This event is now sold out. To add your name to the waiting list, please email Please note that latecomers will not be permitted, so please arrive on time. 

Where is queer hope? Who shall we worship in this capitalist jungle of cruelty and despair?

Whiskey Chow asks with her other-worldly performance, featuring moving image by digital artist Haocheng Wu, creating a cosmos of queer desire that rebels against the arbitrary categorisation of cultures and histories.

Crossing the border of life and death under the moonlight, the ancient god of gay love – the Rabbit God (兔兒神) – was born with the subversive blessings of the Chinese King of Hell. Whiskey’s performance sits between the mythological paradox of power and contemporary queer longing and idolatry, rebelling against both the domestication and the marginalization of queerness. Part of Chinese Art Now Festival 2019.

Art Co-Diretor: Haocheng Wu
Lighting Designer: Martin Langthorne
Sound Designer: Nicola Chang

Stage Manager: Lee Silcock
Producer: Naying Ren

Whiskey Chow
Whiskey Chow is a London-based artist and Chinese drag king. Coming from an activist background in China, Whiskey has been engaging with political issues in her practice exploring themes of female masculinity, stereotypes and cultural projections of Chinese/Asian identity as interdisciplinary performance, moving image and experimental sound pieces. Whiskey has been involved in feminist and LGBTQ activism in China since she was 20. She has worked closely with local queer communities in Guangzhou and contributed as actor, co-playwright and sound designer in the production of ‘For Vaginas’ Sake’ (將陰道獨白到底, the original Chinese version of The Vagina Monologues). 

Recent Performances:

Whiskey the Conqueror, Tate Britain, London (2018);

Unhomeliness, Tate Modern, London (2018);

Look Like Myself Enough?, Museum of London, London (2018);

Purely Beautiful New Era (featuring Haocheng Wu), Victoria and Albert Museum, London (2017).

The Moon is Warmer than the Sun is co-commissioned by LAUK Diverse Actions, Chinese Arts Now, Artsadmin, Chapter Arts Centre, Buzzcut Festival and Fierce Festival. LAUK Diverse Action is an initiative which champions culturally diverse ambition, excellence and talent in Live Art. The Moon is Warmer than the Sun is presented as part of Chinese Arts Now Festival 2019.

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Date and time

31 January – 1 February 2019

Please note
This is now a past event.


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