Isle of Dreams is a mythological musical theatre piece featuring Nanguan and Beiguan music integrating with poetry, puppetry and ritual dance in the performance.
The story is about the world is going to the end because of greed, desire, power and uneven distribution of resources. Who can save the world? Only the conscience might.
Isle of Dreams was nominated for the 15th Taishin Arts Award and its premiere in 2016 was commissioned and sponsored by Quanta Arts Foundation. The reproduction was presented at the 2018 Taiwan International Festival of Arts in March.
It marks the second episode of the revolutionary mythological trilogy by LEE Yi-Hsiu, the playwright-director of La Cie MaxMind.
The characters and their design in the performance are inspired by the Classic of Mountains and Seas. However, they are changed and re-developed in order to reimagine and construct new myths that portray modern issues, such as the conflicts between individuals and communities, the clashes between nation and class.The contemporary reinvention of ‘traditional nanguan and beiguan music’ lies at the heart of this series of mythology musicals.
The four innovative features of the performance include an original mythology, Nanguan and Beiguan music and ambient music, the use of puppetry and masks, and the invention of a mythological language.
Cast & Crew
Theatre Group: La Cie MaxMind
Dramaturg: CHANG Chifeng
Playwright & Director: LEE Yi-hsiu
Performers: CHU An-li; TSUEI Tai-hao; LIU Ting-Fang; HUANG Yu-lin; LIU Yu-jane
Composer of Nanguan and Beiguan Music: HSU Shu-hui
Musicians: HSU Shu-hui; LIAO Han-yu; AO Pei-lun, LIU Chao-hung
Movement & Performance Coach: LIU Xiang-xiang
Puppetry Director: CHENG Chia-yin
Puppet Design: YEH Man-ling
Projection & Multi-media Design: WANG Yei-sheng
Lighting Design: CHIANG Chi-yang
Stage Design: HSIEH Chun-an
Costume Design: YANG Yu-teh
Sound Design: WU Siou-ming
Assistant Projection & Multi-media Design: LO Jen-chun
Assistant Lighting Designer: FENG Chi-U; YEH Shu-ang
Puppet Structure Design: RUAN Yi
Producer: TSAI Ching-fang
Stage Manager: Huang Kuo-feng
Stage Technical Director: LIN Chien
Master Electrician: LIN Chin-chien
Sound Technical Director: Wang Chih-hao
Stage Assistant: Huang Shih-ping
Sound Operator & Rehearsal Assistant: LI Shu-chia
Seal Engraving & Calligraphy: HUANG Chong-keng, TSENG Su-ming
Photography: Mile End Photography
Isle of Dreams is part of Isle to Isle: Spotlight Taiwan Week
Isle to Isle is a collaboration between George Town Festival and Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Malaysia (TECO), consisting of a layered series of programmes highlighting the very best of Taiwanese art scene, talent, knowledge and art administration.
Isle to Isle will be running 12-19 August 2018. Programmes hosted throughout the week will be an effort to showcase and create a discourse on Taiwanese performing arts and design and the use of creative spaces to generate a people-centric experience.
Isle to Isle is also an effort to create closer ties with the Taiwanese art and design community.
Photo credits: Mile End Photography
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