By Nora Chang
TAIPEI (The China Post) — Far-Near (塵漠的凝視) by Century Contemporary Dance Company (CCDC, 世紀當代舞團) 2018 premier starts today at Wellspring Theater (水源劇場) in Taipei.
The performance is directed by the group’s founder Yao Shu-fen (姚淑芬), who invited Lu Po-hsun (呂柏勳) to join the performance.
Lu, who won the best director award at last year’s Taipei Film Festival, and Yao have collaborated to explore the realm of movements and motion picture.
Far-Near creates a desert-like and watery-shadow landscape that is scorching and bitingly cold at the same time — dance, movements, and the moving pictures seek together the missing souls in the city in a drape that is realistic yet darkly magical.
Yao is extremely good at transforming life stories into profound choreography. This time she doesn’t talk about marriage and female, but gaze closely at the relationship between modern men and women, which walks between the edge of pleasing and controlling, and is only able to fantasize and desire on its own, finding and searching the weight of being.
After three performances, CCDC cooperates again with Chang Hao-Jan (張皓然), production director at Precondition Productions (先決影像製作有限公司), whose work crosses from commercial advertisement, music video, and documentary and is often described as “beautiful and mesmerizing.” He also won the best cinematography award with A Life That Sings (如歌的行板) at Taipei Film Festival in 2015.
Far-Near is Yao’s first work after she recently won the National Cultural Award (國家文藝獎) last year, “for me, this piece allows me to look back and contemplate on my frivolous young moments and serves as a memento for the past memories.”
The dancers challenge themselves to improvise and interact with the moving visuals and projections that explores and connects memory, language, consciousness, and the desperate pursuit of happiness that journey through the endless dust and desert, thirsting for the seemingly unattainable self-redemption.
WHEN: Today at 7:30pm, Saturday at 2:30pm and 7:30pm
WHERE: Wellspring Theater, 92 Roosevelt Rd Sec 4, Taipei City
ADMISSION: NT$900, NT$1,200 and $2,500 ; available at NTCH box offices, online at www.artsticket.com and convenience store ticket kiosks.