experimental dance

Third installment of Nordic

Right now I am taking part in Ming-Hwa Yeh’s third version of a piece we began working on around August 2014. The resulting performance at that time was called Nordic and in its new version, Dreamin’ MoNTUE, it has become an installation with frequent live performances by Ming-Hwa, pianist A-Kwan and myself. Right now my appearances have mainly been for one visitor at an appointed time.

So far this is a very interesting experiment, where my previous role as a sort of wandering local spirit or genius loci and shaman, receives a more open-form performance component: I basically do whatever I fancy, from talking and singing to playing and just watching.

Performances last till early May and I will resume my participation after coming back from Shanghai next week.

Weblink to the Museum of National Taiwan University of Education.

Here are some of the first pictures.

December 5/6: Nordic by Ming-Hwa Yeh


We are embarking on an epic journey this weekend in a 3-hour multi-media/dance performance entitled Nordic, created and choreographed by Ming-Hwa Yeh. Nordic is part of the 3-week festival Points on Stage at Songyue Lab, Songshan Cultural and Creative Park. We began working on this piece in autumn 2014, and presented a work-in-progress in December 2014, with dancer En Chen, who now joined Cloudgate and is replaced by Wu-kang Chen.

Ming-Hwa writes:

Nordic is a work inspired by Natural, the moment I was moved and shaken by the unlimited power of nature, the unity of man and nature. Human beings live in the realm of nature, we are constantly surrounded by it and interact with it. But somehow in the busy bustling life, we are so easily to forget.”

The current version of  Nordic is a long, immersive meditation on this relationship between man and nature. Its dramatic arch moves between extremes of the quiet and un-spectacular (like a vast landscape with nothing much happening but a gently blowing breeze) and bursts of activity, overpowering and aggresive (like an avalanche). Much revolves around the deep structures of human experience throughout its evolution: those of space and time. It confronts us with the naked, and sometimes perplexing truths of our lives unfolding in time, and our bodies moving in space.

The spectators move freely in the space: they can walk, stand, sit or lie down as they like. The music is partly electronic, created by SHENG, partly live, by Mark van Tongeren, on voice and various instruments. Video forms an integral part of several sections of the performance and was created by Adrianne Chiu.

Choreographer/ Ming-Hwa Yeh
Performer/ Ming-Hwa Yeh, Wu-kang Chen, Mark van Tongeren, 晟│SHENG
Stage Designer/ Yu-Ting Tung
Lighting Designer/ Kuo-chien Hung
Video Designer/ Adrianne Chiu

Time|12/5(六) 16:00、12/6(日)16:00
Where|Songshan Cultural and Creative Park /LAB創意實驗室(東向製菸工廠2樓)
Tickets|NT $500 (http://ppt.cc/Ctkdm) or (http://goo.gl/forms/kMOQwPiZB7)

編舞/概念 葉名樺
戲劇顧問 鄒之牧
演出者 葉名樺、陳武康、Mark van Tongeren、晟│SHENG
人聲泛唱 Mark van Tongeren
裝置設計 董育廷
音樂設計 晟│SHENG
燈光設計 郭建宏
影像設計 Adrianne Chiu
聲音技術 杜易昂
視覺攝影 李欣哲
演出紀錄 陳冠宇
專案行政 陳春春
陪伴創作顧問 高俊宏(視覺藝術家)

活動場次|12/5(六) 16:00、12/6(日)16:00

*宣傳片拍攝剪輯 陳冠宇