Fri, May 24, 2002 - Page 8 News List

Small theater plays on the proving ground

By Ian Bartholomew  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Crown Art Festival, now in its eighth year, has long been the proving

ground for Taiwan's theatrical talent. This year it will be bringing

together some of Taiwan's most dynamic artists in a series of five

performances - two dramatic and three dance - at the Crown Theater

starting tonight with When We Were Talking About Love (當我們討論愛情) by

Shakespeare's Sister (莎士比亞的妹妹們的劇團). Other shows will be held each

weekend until June 23.

Small theater has received a boost in recent months, the 2002 International

Theater Festival having recently drawn to a close and the current exhibition

of dance, both organized by the CKS Cultural Center.

The Crown Theater goes back much further, and retains a strongly

experimental nature. The setting for When We Were Talking About Love sets

the tone. The audience sits in the center and the performance, which is

divided into three sections by different directors, takes place on the edge

of the performance space. There is a slight mood of a school skit about the

set-up, but the issues tackled are of finding a balance in a sexually

ambiguous world. One of the most appealing aspect of the shows is their

strong Taiwanese orientation - sections of dialogue are in Taiwanese -

distinguishing this performance from much of the more mainstream products

seen at larger venues.

When We Were Talking About Love plays at the Crown Theater at 7:30pm today

and tomorrow and at 2:30pm on tomorrow and Sunday. Tickets cost NT$300. A

set of five tickets is available for NT$1,200. Crown Theater is located at

50, Lane 120, Tunhua N. Rd., Taipei (北市敦化北路120巷50號).

Comments will be moderated. Keep comments relevant to the article. Remarks containing abusive and obscene language, personal attacks of any kind or promotion will be removed and the user banned. Final decision will be at the discretion of the Taipei Times.

TOP top