"Luceo,” a children's play produced by Polymer DMT (聚合舞) in collaboration with German theater director Hannah Georgi, will be staged at the Cologne-based Barnes Crossing theater on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.
Taking inspiration from the children's book "The Fox's Telephone Booth (Kitsune No Denwa Box)” by Japanese author Toda Kazuyota Kasuka Zumi (戶田和代), "Luceo” is a 50-minute-long theater play for audiences of all ages.
The play will tell the story of discovering one's self potential through grief over loss, and allow audiences to understand how love could be transformed into a powerful and magical source of strength.
The play combines elements of theater, dance, body movement, radio drama, sound, and theater design to turn the written text into a performance piece. By switching among performers, the storyteller, and puppeteers, the narrative erases the boundary between imagination and reality.
With children as target audiences, the producers believe that children have the ability to understand contemporary and abstract performing arts, and that they can comprehend and appreciate the play from a unique and attentive perspective.
The play had opened to good reviews at the Taipei Children's Art Festival at Taiwan's Wellspring Theater earlier this July.
Established by Taiwan choreographer Lo Fang-yun (羅芳芸) in 2011, Polymer DMT is a Essen-based performance troupe seeking to create interdisciplinary works. The troupe's dance-based projects bring together artists and performers from different fields or cultural backgrounds who share the same interests.
Barnes Crossing is a historical theater opened for artists to create, train, practice, and present performances. Located in a region with many old and abandoned factories, Barnes Crossing is one of the outstanding examples of repurposing industrial buildings as art venues.
Following the performance at Barnes Crossing, the troupe will bring the production to Pact Zollverein Theater in Essen next year.