2023 FACP Kaohsiung Conference: Program of Asian Gems in the Arts (AGA)
Time: November 25. (Sat)19:00-21:30 Performance - Asian Gems in the Arts (AGA)
Venue: Kaohsiung Experimental Theatre
Whisper of Trees
Hsuan-Hung Chou Music Studio
Trees endure time and memories. The environment and living beings revolve around trees, forming a collective life community.
Composer CHOU Hsuan-hung and Film director WEI Zhao-yi's cross-collaboration, co-creation project focuses on trees and consists of the conducting of recording, filming, soundscaping, and music writing in Kaohsiung.
Through this project and performance, the perspective of trees is used to view the appearance of trees within the environment of human activity and further observe humans' state of mind within this environment.
Philippine Hero, Hymns, and Heritage: A Tribute to Julio Nakpil
Vien Kirksten Pia IGNACIO
"Philippines: Hero, Hymns, and Heritage on Harp" aims to celebrate and made known the life, works and significant contributions of Julio Nakpil, the Filipino Revolutionary, Patriot and Musician, to Philippine History, Heritage, and Culture by performing three of his most notable compositions on the Harp by 11 year old Filipino Harpist, Vien Ignacio.
Nakpil served as a General of the 'Katipunan' in the battlefield and at the same time immortalized the heroism and memoirs of the Philippine Revolution through his nationalistic compositions.
Go Go Machine Orchestra
Go Go Machine Orchestra voyages to the universe, exploring unknown time and space. Such a spaceship might get lost with even the slightest negligence. Through music, we will interpret the perception of time and the messages conveyed by various symbols in life.
Composed of piano, percussion, guitar, electronic noise and module synthesizer, Go Go Machine Orchestra breaks and reassembles all these different musical elements to create new sensory experiences through stereo imaging, as if all the instruments are piloting a space capsule to pioneering boundaries of art with technology.
Excerpt from Hell Door Breaking
Labora Terry Arts
Taoist funeral ritual 'hell-door-breaking' unrolls the memory lane for Terry TSANG: People have always feared certain traditional Chinese rituals. However, "Coming full circle, one might realise the Other Shore is not elsewhere but right here and now".
In the past four years (2019-2023), TSANG shared the research of "Po Di Yu" at various performing arts venues and dance festivals in Hong Kong. TSANG thinks that the traditional canton funeral ritual, "Hell-door-breaking," breaks through the boundary of life and death and connects the living with the memories of the dead.
An in-depth exploration and development: "Hell Door Breaking" - A healing between living and death.
The work will explore the possibility of combining costumes and simple props in terms of visual concepts, presenting the stage imagination and aesthetics to audiences. Terry hopes this is a humanity tradition research and dance presentation for everyone worldwide, also simultaneously engaging in cooperation with different nations and races of dancers.
Durvun Oirdiin Uria and Altain Magtaal
Yu Cheng HUANG
Yu Cheng HUANG is a nomadic music practitioner and educator. He is graduated from the Department of Drama at National Taiwan University of Arts. He learnt throat singing technique from Inner Mongolian and Mongolian professional throat singing teachers. He also plays with morin khuur, Mongolian traditional string instrument.
In Birdy, LAI probes freedom and oppression’s complex interplay, intertwining societal dynamics and Taiwan's communities. He examines how seemingly minor occurrences like emotions and history's echoes subtly breed fear, strife, or harmony in society. Employing a cage and dreamer metaphor, LAI bridges personal sentiments, relationship dynamics, and the broader societal context.
Incorporating "Ling Zi" pheasant feathers, emblematic of warrior might in traditional Chinese opera, Lai reshapes their significance. In his work Birdy, symbols of weapons that change history—pens and knives—empower wielders to reshape consciousness. This visual also evokes images of a bird, a cage, and dreams, subtly suggesting life's delicate balance.
- In 1940s
- History Will Never Change My Name
- Salty and Sweet
- The Day the War Ended
Storytellers Musical Lab (SML)
Tropical Angels is a carefully crafted musical adaptation by LIN Meng-Huan during his two-year artist residency at the National Taichung Theater.
The story follows LIN Yi-Ping, a young Taiwanese civilian conscripted by the Imperial Japanese Army and sent to the Southeast Asian battlefield. There he meets Salin, a comfort woman who happens to speak the same language as him. Despite their status differences, they bond over peanut bars from home and develop deep feelings for one another. Amidst the escalating war, they pledge to survive and struggle to reconcile identity, hope, and humanity. As they tearfully sing under the Southern Cross, their story becomes an elegy for fate, salvation, and commitment amidst the harsh realities of war.
Nam Yam: Eastern blue tunes surfing the waves
- Nam Yam Butcher Chickens
New Wave of Nam Yam
Cantonese Nam Yam is originally a folk musical form of narrative singing-speaking, popular in Guangdong and is comparable to the Blues in Western Music Culture. Performers usually play instruments simultaneously with singing either existing songs or improvised works. Its rhythmic free-form music allows the artists great liberty in performing and creating. Its music tones fit perfectly with the language tones of Cantonese.
This performance inherits the traditional Nam Yam one-man band, and is also inspired by the concept of Open Kitchen, with instruments placed like kitchen utensils, inviting the audience to observe both the "ingredients" and "cooking process" of music making. Narration, the heart of a Nam Yam piece, boldly breaks through the traditional seven-character verses, but employs New Writing to speak more straightforwardly.
Nam Yam Butchering Chickens originated from the performer's great shock he experienced in his youth when he witnessed the butchering of chickens. As he grew older, the act returned in a variant form, forcing him to reflect the profound question of life and death.