今年「遇見巨人」三大主軸，以Being, Soul 及Core來標籤我們的策展。
Being 標籤「大師之為大師，是無畏而有為」，四檔製作的核心人物：白先勇、曾道雄、白建宇與林麗珍，儘管「從心所欲」多年，仍不斷提出創見。白先勇大師在2004年以青春版《牡丹亭》重啟崑曲的生命力，2014年舞台劇《孽子》以虛實交錯的意識流手法，震撼劇場界；2020年同名小說發表的40周年，臺灣同婚專法通過的周年，「《孽子》回來了！」從「人倫」中探訪「離開家、重建家」的故事。臺灣「歌劇教父」曾道雄在歌劇演出上「從不重複自己」，每每以歌劇的「臺灣首演」刺激後輩，此番法雅的double bill 是他與法雅胞妹的50年之約，讓我們看到佛朗明哥舞、樂的熱力與深沈。貝多芬250週年是期待已久的盛事，雖然COVID-19攪局，幸好鋼琴大師白建宇以「32首鋼琴奏鳴曲看貝多芬一生音樂創作軌跡」的計畫還在！白大師的琴音與貝多芬的音樂一樣，都是人生與智慧淬煉出來生命之詩。在Being 中「最年輕」的林麗珍卻是「最深沈內化」的藝術家，天地人三部曲《醮》、《花神祭》與《觀》，一部比一部更緩行；因為自然四時的更替，不知不覺的來、不知不覺的去，卻讓我們感受時間的強大能量。《花神祭》以四季為體、蟲鳥花木為喻，歌詠自然的生命之禮。
—— 臺中國家歌劇院 藝術總監 邱瑗
2020 will mark a special record in the history of performing arts. This year, most theaters around the world are temporarily shuttered; most performance troupes have had no way to leave their country to tour; originally scheduled performances have been cancelled or postponed…. Yet here in Taiwan we returned to the theater at the early June and because of this are able to see even more excellent performances from our national artists.
This year’s Fall for Great Souls series is curated around three main themes of “Being,” “Soul” and “Core.”
Being: “Masters are called masters for they are fearless and capable.” In this category we present four productions with the central figures of PAI Hsien-yung, TSENG Dau-hsiong, Kun-woo PAIK and LIN Lee-chen. Although these four have “followed the dictates of their heart” for many years, they nonetheless continue to bring forth original creative ideas. PAI Hsien-yung in 2004 breathed new life into Kunqu Opera with his young actors’ version of The Peony Pavilion. His 2014 play Crystal Boys stunned the theater world with its stream of consciousness interlaced with virtual reality. With 2020 marking the 40th anniversary of the publication of the novel of the same title, and the one-year anniversary of the passage of Taiwan’s same-sex marriage law, Crystal Boys is back! Experience a human story of “leaving home, rebuilding home.” Taiwan’s “godfather of opera,” TSENG Dau-hsiong, is known to never repeat himself in his performances and every “Taiwan premiere” has inspired later generations. This season’s Falla double bill is a meeting 50 years in the making, allowing us to experience the heat and rich depth of flamenco music and dance. The 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth this year has been long awaited and even though COVID-19 has been a spoiler, we are fortunate to still have maestro Kun-woo PAIK’s planned 32 Piano Sonatas to let us experience the great composer’s life of musical creation. PAIK’s piano playing matches Beethoven’s music: both are poetry tempered by life and wisdom. The youngest of the four, LIN Lee-chen, meanwhile is an artist of deepest internalization. In her Heaven, Earth and Human Trilogy, comprising Miroirs de Vie, Anthem to the Fading Flowers and Song of Pensive Beholding, each part is more measured than the one before. The way the four seasons replace each other, unconsciously coming and going, allows us to experience the great energy of time. Anthem to the Fading Flowers takes the four seasons as its substance and insects, birds, flowers and trees as metaphors, singing of nature’s gift of life.
Soul: In this part of the program we present those works that reveal humanity in our original intent and clear heart. Here again are four productions. German director Andreas Homoki adopts a contemporary viewpoint in his interpretation of Puccini’s La Bohème. Told in one part, with no curtain between the four acts, the opera tells of young artists’ bold and intense pursuit of a free-spirited way of life. NTT’s first Artist in Residence, Daniel WANG, “starting from missing,” shares with us the story of living with his father. If through this we are able to enter into the lives of family elders, how Wonderful that should be! Ever using fables of human nature, Ming Hwa Yuan’s The Khun Island gives a new appearance to this time-honored piece but the narrative remains eternal, the compassion and childlike heart of humanity. Cloud Gate’s new head CHENG Tsung-lung takes the Chinese name of the Dipamkara (lamp bearer) Buddha as inspiration for the new work Sounding Light, proceeding from the essence of body and sound, using the body to get close to nature, seeking out the starting point of sound and more possibilities for the body, hoping that everyone may be more unrestrained and unfettered.
Core: Every year’s Fall for Great Souls contains works of emerging from the classics (the “shadow of giants”), through collision expressing contemporary perspectives. This year we anticipate artists “coming from afar.” France’s Théâtre de l’Entrouvert’s work Anywhere takes the tragic Greek hero Oedipus as its subject and through ice puppetry depicts King Oedipus on his travels in exile seeking redemption. As the ice melts into water, when the body ceases to be, is this release? Seeking to use performers’ collective creativity to interpret a classic, Belgium’s tg STAN revives Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, with its blend of tragedy, comedy and farce bringing out the sudden changes in the value systems of two generations and the powerless of a change of generation. France’s Le Fils du Grand Réseau Theater Company presents Fishbowl, in which subtle stage design, self-deprecation and irony bring us a myriad of states of being trapped in a tiny house. Skilled physical theater treats us to a slice of existential art with absurd realism and a sense of not knowing whether to laugh or cry.
Let us then mark 2020 and the great and small events of life that remind us of the ups and downs of a play!
—— Joyce Chiou, General and Artistic Director