[Lecture] Unfettered Creativity- Contemporary circus innovation trends 2023.11.15 Wed. 19:00
2023 “Chanting and Narrating: Memo to the Next Era of Art Boom” Series:
Topic / On the Edge of Reality: When Art Meets Technology
Time / 2023.11.15 ed. 19:00
Speakers / Keng, Yi-Wei / Lee, Tsung-Hsuan
Venue / NCKU CHENG-HSING Campus CHENG-HSING Auditorium
Admissions / By ticket only
※ “Learning by Practice” Course
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In recent years it has been noted that the contemporary circus has emerged as a performance art with a strong force, both in terms of quality and quantity of works and teams. Since 2016 with the launch of the Weiwuying Circus Platform, the promotion of the circus art development and creativity has explored diverse new possibilities. The circus hails back to the equestrian arts of 18th century England, where animal trainers used their skills in performing in circuses, which have now progressed to a new art revealing the many faces and facets of the contemporary circus. This event enjoys participation of Keng, Yi-Wei, the Dramaturg of Weiwuying, and Lee, Tsung-Hsuan, Artistic Director of Formosa Circus Art (FOCA), discussing perspectives on social observation of circuses, creative aesthetics development, and the artistic practice of local circus groups in Taiwan, to consider the infinite creativity and energy of contemporary circuses in this new wave of the circus.
About the Speakers
Keng, Yi-Wei is the Dramaturg of National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts-Weiwuying, and Visiting Assistant Professor of Theater Arts at National Taipei University of Arts. He also served as the Artistic Director of the Taipei Arts Festival (2012-17). Keng is a recipient of the Friendship Medal of the German Institute Taipei, the Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and the Goethe Medal. He has written three books including 32 Tips on How to Write a Good Story‚ Robert Wilson: The Infinite Power of Lights‚ and The Short History of Modern Mime. He has also translated works including The Cambridge Introduction to Theatre Studies and The Empty Space.
As the current Artistic Director of the Formosa Circus Art group, and concomitantly as a choreographer, director and dancer, Lee’s creations span movement, image, new media art and contemporary circus. He was a former dancer of the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre and the Taipei Crossover Dance Company. In 2018 he received patronage support from the Taiwan Traditional Theatre Center to choreograph and direct Wukong, as Taiwan’s first pre-performance circus production. He also served as the choreographer for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2017 Taipei Summer Universiade. In 2016 he choreographed and directed O’le, for the Kaohsiung Spring Arts Festival, which has enjoyed touring performances across Taiwan in recent years, as the most prevalent and widely performed circus performance. He has also performed solo dances in Hong Kong, Melbourne, and Taipei.