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National Taichung Theater rebrands spring season programs

Taichung, Jan. 26 (CNA) — The National Taichung Theater (NTT), which opened in 2016, is repositioning itself by announcing a rebranding of its 2023 spring season, encouraging audiences to explore new and unknown territory in the performing arts, the venue , to explore central Taiwan said.

The theater’s spring series is called “NTT Arts NOVA” and this year’s theme is “Ask Now.” It includes programs that encourage audiences to “embrace” new things, NTT General and Artistic Director Joyce Chou (邱瑗) said in a statement late last year.

“Trends in this age have shifted in a new direction and we cannot ignore that,” she said in the statement.

In the past six spring seasons from 2017 to 2022, Taichung Theater planned its program as “NTT-TIFA (Taiwan International Festival of Arts)” and presented some of the productions jointly with Taipei National Theater and Concert Hall, he said. The annual festival was first established in Taipei in 2009.

The Taichung Theater will open its spring season on March 10-12 with Portuguese director Tiago Rodrigues’ 2021 production of Anton Chekhov’s “La Cerisaie,” directed by French actress Isabelle Huppert, the statement said.

In addition to “La Cerisaie,” Rodrigues will perform his “Dans la mesure de l’impossible,” a play based on the firsthand stories of humanitarian workers, at the National Theater in Taipei for the TIFA, which had previously scheduled a performance of two of his other work in 2021, but had to cancel due to COVID-19.

The spring season of NTT will also see the return of director Robert Lepage and creative team Ex Machina, directing “Courville,” a story set in the 1970s about a young man named Simon.

For this theatrical production, Lepage uses a Japanese puppetry technique called bunraku, the theater said. Three performances of “Courville” will be performed from March 31st to April 2nd.

After performing the first part of the musical trilogy “BOOM” at Taichung Theater in 2021, Rick Miller will bring his single shows “BOOM X” and “BOOM YZ” which use songs as a vehicle to observe three generations over the past 50 years Years. Two performances of each show are scheduled for April 28-30.

The Compagnie Louis Brouillard, which has been staging its trilogy of fairy tales in Taiwan for the past few years, will give three performances of “Contes et légendes” from May 26 to 28, exploring young people’s construction of identity in a future world where people with artificial life forms coexist according to NTT.

Another program exploring the relationship between man and machine is Hong Kong media artist GayBird’s (梁基爵) Keep Breathing at Zero, which uses sound installations, robotic arms and moving images to transform the stage into “a major percussion instrument,” according to the NTT.

The 11 programs for Taichung Theater’s spring season also include several dance works, including the group’s 1978 production of the Cloud Gate Dance Theater’s 50th Anniversary play “Legacy” on May 5-7, and the premiere of “Ink ,” based on works by modern calligrapher Tong Yang-tze (董陽孜), from June 2 to June 4, it said.

The theater will present “tiaen tiamen Episode 1” by choreographer Bulareyaung Pagarlava of Bulareyaung Dance Company from March 24th to 26th. Titled ‘tiaen tiamen’ meaning ‘I and we’ in the language of the indigenous Paiwan tribe, Bulareyaung is joined for the new work by singer-songwriter Aljenljeng tjaluvie (Abao) and visual artist Reretan Pavavaljung.

Sweden’s GöteborgsOperans Danskompani will make its Taiwan debut May 19-21 with two pieces – Damien Jalet’s “Skid” and Sharon Eyal’s “SAABA” – while Taiwan’s Anarchy Dance Theater will present choreographer Hsieh Chieh-hua’s piece (謝杰樺) will perform. new work CyborgEros” on April 22 and 23, the Taichung Theater announced.

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