Three Taiwanese theater practitioners — Chou Tung-yen (周東彥), Chen Wu-kang (陳武康), and Kathy Hong (洪凱西) — have been invited to partake in an online series of art forums organized by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center of New York. Tune in on April 8 at noon (EDT) to hear their thoughts, feelings, and discoveries in their line of work and personal lives amid the global coronavirus pandemic.
Chou is the founder and director of Very Mainstream Studio and Very Theatre Company (狠劇場). Invested in both theater and the audiovisual, he makes interdisciplinary performances, installations, and music videos. By blending digital imagery, physical movement, and theatrical elements, he has created several award-winning productions and poetic installations. Chou's short films and documentaries were also screened at the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, and OutFest in LA.
Chen started studying dance at the age of 12 and trained at the Taiwan University of Arts. His international collaborations include Eliot Feld's Ballet Tech, Peridance, and Feld’s Diamond Project of New York City Ballet. He is currently co-founder and artistic director of HORSE Dance Theatre (驫舞劇場) and working with Thai master Pichet Klunchun on a three-year project deciphering the physical poetry of the great Sanskrit epic "Ramayana."
Hong chairs the Performing Arts Network Development Association (表演藝術網絡發展協會), a network of arts managers in Taiwan. As an arts professional with extensive experience in theater and international collaboration, Hong also advises Cloud Gate Dance Theatre and Vocal Asia Festival. Previous positions include executive director of OISTAT (International Organization of Scenographers, Theater Architects and Technicians) and marketing communications director of Weiwuying (National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts).
The newly introduced "Segal Talks" are a series of online conversations that take place daily from Mondays through Fridays during a time when the coronavirus has effectively froze global and regional mobility. Each one-hour session is in English, ad-free, and streamed live on HowlRound.tv as well as on the Segal Center's YouTube channel and Facebook page.
Chou, Chen, and Hong will be joined by Frank Hentschker, director of the Segal Center, on April 8 at noon (EDT), which translates to midnight (ET) on April 9 in Taiwan.