Belgian choreographer to present 'nano dance' in Kaohsiung, Taichung

03/30/2021 06:46 PM
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Photo courtesy of Weiwuying
Photo courtesy of Weiwuying

Taipei, March 30 (CNA) Belgian choreographer Michèle Anne De Mey will perform "Cold Blood," a "nano-dance" piece in which performers are shown using only their fingers, hands and forearms on a big screen, in Kaohsiung and Taichung in April.

In "Cold Blood," De Mey and two other performers use their hands to portray various characters in stories about accidental deaths, such as one caused by a car wash mishap.

The audience can see the performers and film crew on stage working with miniature sets as well as the projection of the filmed hand action in real time on a giant screen in the background, according to the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts, also known as Weiwuying, in a statement Monday.

The 75-minute piece is the creation of De Mey and Jaco Van Dormael, a filmmaker who brought his experience in films and theater to the work that incorporates elements from their respective fields, Weiwuying said.

After nearly a year of not performing, De Mey and members of her team Kiss & Cry Collective, who traveled to Taiwan and underwent a 14-day quarantine, said they are looking forward to returning to the stage, according to the statement.

During their quarantine, the performers recorded several short videos to promote their upcoming tour in Taiwan, including one showing a hand running to the theme music of the "Mission: Impossible" film and TV franchise.

For most of the performances in Taiwan, Weiwuying and National Taichung Theater, where the piece will be staged, asked Golden Horse Award-winning actor Mo Tzu-yi (莫子儀) to record a Chinese version of the narration originally written by Thomas Gunzig.

Weiwuying will host the first three performances -- all in Chinese, with no subtitles -- from April 2 to 4, and the other three -- two in Chinese and one in English -- will be staged at the National Taichung Theater from April 9 to 11.

(By Chao Ching-yu and Kay Liu)


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