Interview with Featured Artist, Diana Tso, Toronto, January, 2017

Diana Tso is a Chinese-Canadian writer, actor and storyteller, who recently produced her play, Comfort, in Toronto, Canada. Comfortdeals with the situations of Chinese women who were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese army during World War Two. The horrific story of these women’s experience is held by the play’s beautiful music and song, based on the Chinese opera Butterfly Loversand sung in Chinese, and by the expressive movement of the actors. When I saw the play in December 2016, I was moved not only by the story but also by the aesthetic power of the presentation. To my mind, it gave a partial answer to the question of how we can make art out of trauma.

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