• Du Yun
  • i am my own achilles heel (2018)
    (a form that would never shape)

  • Channel Du Yun Publishing (World)

i am my own achilles heel was commissioned by Brooklyn Rider

  • 2vn, va, vc
  • 13 min

Programme Note

Composer note
I am always fascinated by a fantastical world that lies in a reality, a liminal state that lies at the edge of half fantastical, half hallucination. Years go by, I am told this could be a condition and there is a term for this condition: it is the world of Alice in Wonderland Syndrome.

According to the medical journal, although the cause of Alice in Wonderland Syndrome is unknown, the condition typically accompanies episodes of migraines. Affected individuals report feeling that different parts of their body are disproportionate in size and proximity and that their overall surroundings are “warped.” Specifically, these patients perceive objects as larger or smaller than they really are, thereby earning the syndrome its characteristic name.

There are many parts of the world, mental health is still considered as a taboo in the society. To share a piece of music is to say, we might all have fascinations, some real some really out there, you and I, us without them. Let’s share, let’s talk about it, let’s help each other out.

I am here for you, and you will I.

— Du Yun


Brooklyn Rider
Brooklyn Rider performs 'i am my own achilles heel' at WGBH’s Fraser Performance Studio in Boston (begins at 08:33)