經過幾個月COVID-19疫情的陰霾，喜愛群聚的人們被繭居束縛，難得自在的動物們大膽上街，自然界一一「反撲」：水清、雲開、山朗！LIVE表演藝術的競爭者──「線上觀演」竟成了疫情期間唯一能與藝文愛好者「保持關係」的管道，卻更令大家想念起「共享當下的集體經驗」。這日常生活歷經減法後的靜謐，使人不自覺懷念層層交疊的喧囂；感受過「遠距」，才能想念親密互動的珍貴，2020全新夏日系列「夏日放／FUN時光」（Summer Fun Time）誕生在曙光嶄露之時！我們希望伴隨著季節暖意，以藝術釋放積蓄的創意玩心，讓我們走出家門，重拾生活中的動能。
—— 臺中國家歌劇院 藝術總監 邱瑗
A Most Welcome Relief
Under the dark clouds of COVID-19, formerly sociable people have been cocooned at home, while animals enjoy their freedom as they roam freely on the streets, and nature rebounds during this respite: waters have now cleared, skies are once again blue, and mountains have regained their lushness. Once regarded as a challenge and threat to live performing arts, online streaming of performances now has become the only means for art lovers to connect with one another during the pandemic while bringing fond recollections of our collective experiences in the here-and-now. In this tranquil status quo, we inevitably miss the times when commotion was the norm, and only when we’ve had firsthand experience of long-distance relationships do we learn to treasure the intimacy of a shared presence. As a new dawn finally approaches on the horizon, it ushers in our new summer season, 2020 Summer Fun Time! With the revitalizing warm weather drawing near, we hope to use art to unleash our creative and fun-loving spirits as we once again head outdoors.
2020 Summer Fun Time features three main themes: Oh! NTT Musicals, now a regular summer fixture at the National Taichung Theater; Puppetry and Object Theater, an all-new category presented in our summer season; and Summer Selections, an energetic themes filled with laughter and friendship. 9 programs are going to bring joys and connections that culminate in this summer.
Since its inception in 2017, Oh! NTT Musicals has become a regular event in the performing arts calendar, with people from all corners of Taiwan coming to Taichung for a close summer encounter with musicals. As the individual numbers in “2020” sound like “love you” in Mandarin, love and dreams naturally feature as the theme for this year’s series. Although current circumstances have unfortunately prevented the Korean musical Rimbaud from its originally scheduled live performance, we are recreating the experience through a screening of the musical. Taiwan Hólíwood, a musical produced by Studio M in Taiwan which saw its premiere in Taipei last year, urges us to fearlessly chase our dreams in its recreation of the golden age of Taiwanese-language cinema in the 1960, a treasured memory in the history of Taiwan.
Objects are brought to life in the theater, and theater is enriched with the usage of objects. The theme of Emerging Artists Project this year is Puppetry and Object Theater, featuring LUO Fei-tsuei and Théâtre des Enfants Terribles One Day with Death, and the exhibition/performance Packing BAGS by WU Hsia-ning and House Peace; through puppetry and objects, these productions suggest new perspectives on everyday life and memory. The Paper Play of Puppet Beings Theatre explores the magic of paper and creates a world of imagination, telling adventurous journeys about friendship, self-confidence, and creative thinking.
Summertime means taking your young ones outdoors, and our Summer Selections series is the perfect pastime. In addition to outdoor performances open to all, we have programs on our indoor stages both you and your children can enjoy. FengShen Baobao and Uncle Wukong's Journey to the Underworld reworks episodes from the classic novel Journey to the West into an illuminating lesson on the value of life and the meaning of departure. In the semi-autobiographical RUN, NTT Artist in Residence Baozi CHEN teams up with director HUNG Chien-tsang in her first work for the theater, using hand-drawn illustrations and theatrical elements to retrace her experiences growing up. Diabolo Dance Theatre’s VALO I - Amoeba and Dacon.come Laugh Live Show’s 3 Mouths will fill the dog days of summer with laughter for ages 9 to 99. Finally, Story Works’s Goodbye to Music Halls attests to the resilience and creativity of the Taiwanese: even as the world drastically changes and challenges abound in life, we nevertheless live to the fullest and make life spectacular.
As cicadas and birds renew their songs, as sunlight again accompanies the sound of children’s laughter, we welcome you to the theater with open arms!
—— Joyce Chiou, General and Artistic Director