Inspired by Astoria Music Project’s recording Capriccio (Cecile Chaminade), Lily Honglei created this new video art piece by reconstructing her earlier works. The characters, emerging in traditional Chinese opera customs, roam through empty Times Square, desolate shopping center and subway rail in New York City. The female falls into the dream realm and ascends to the azure of the sky above the metropolis, while the male character, carrying two toddlers with a shoulder pole, appears walking into the air through a bridge formed by kind-hearted magpies… when the music turns more vibrant, the characters are back to Times Square with fireworks bursting out and coalescing into the flow of vivid color and patterns embodying revivals.
Capriccio is the fruit of collaboration between Lily Honglei and Astoria Music Production in New York City during the 2020 pandemic. Comprised of a series of oil paintings on paper, the animated film starts from visualizing the rootlessness of Asian diaspora and new immigrants’ cultural dilemma, envisioning transitions in life, resilience and hope manifested by both individual and collective conscience of a highly diverse metropolitan community.