The annual Weiwuying Arts Festival, which is titled "Speak Up Kaohsiung” this year, will kick off at the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (formerly known as the Wei-Wu-Ying Center) on Oct. 13.
The third edition will bring performers from Taiwan, France, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mongolia, South Korea, and the United States to collaborate on dynamic shows and a wide range of programs.
This year, a newly established program called Circus Platform will feature professional workshops and circus shows by noted vaudeville show director Peter Shub and Theatre des Enfants Terribles, as well as Taiwanese professionals such as Formosa Circus Art (福爾摩沙馬戲團).
Another program named Taiwan Dance Platform will present contemporary dance performances by noted dancers and choreographers, including Taiwan's Benson Po-cheng Tsai (蔡博丞) and Su Wei-chia (蘇威嘉), Israel's Idan Sharabi, France's Antonin Comestaz, and Italy's Francesca Foscarini, Mattia Russo, and Antonio De Rosa.
In addition, the festival will present "The New Member (新社員),” a rock musical created by emerging playwright Chien Li-yin (簡莉穎), "Titan Arise” by the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, and "Robot Opera” featuring eight robot performers by experimental artist Wade Marynowsky and Performance Space.
"So New - So Old; So Far - So Near,” another highly anticipated collaboration, will be a joint performance by a Korean traditional percussionist and a Taiwanese contemporary percussionist who aim to offer audience members a brand-new percussion experience.
Moreover, "Kurama Tengu (鞍馬天狗),” an original theater play inspired by the eponymous novel by Japanese writer Jiro Osarago (大佛次郎), will be presented by Chi Chiao Musical Theatre (奇巧劇團). Chi Chiao's production of "Kurama Tengu” integrates Taiwanese opera, rock music, Bangzi opera, and elements of Takarazuka Revue.
For more information, please visit the event website at http://waf.org.tw.
"The New Member (新社員),” a rock musical
‘2016 Weiwuying Arts Festival'