"Is it possible for people to hide themselves?" was the question Wu Bi-rong (
The title comes from the same rhetorical question posed in the Chinese Classic, The Analects, (
Our small gestures, Wu said, are often habitual and unintentional, so that they sometimes betray the feelings we want to hide. "Hands. They are our assistants in communication and our eyes in darkness," Wu said.
Gestures and Behavior and Her Shadows, the two parts of the show, deal with the connection between thought and behavior when people are awake, asleep and dreaming.
The various scenarios in which the slightest movements of our hands, shoulders or head lead to changes in our relationships with others are explored through their expression.
As in San Shih's many previous performances, the dancers don exquisite and stylish costumes to perform with impressive vigor. Their bodily expressions are drawn from daily life as much as modern dance.
"Today's dancers not only have to dance with great skill and precision, but they need to be good actors, too," Wu said. The dance will be accompanied by subtitles, to help the audience better understand the performance.
Wu set up San Shih, which means "30" in Chinese with choreographer Chang Hsiou-ping (
From 1999's Collecting Tears, 2001's Dancing to the National Anthem and Mirrors, to last year's Princess, in Preparation, the group has proved to be highly innovative in a wide range of themes, while presenting a quintessentially urban female perspective.
San Shih Dance Theater will perform How Can People Hide Their Thoughts: Wu Bi-rong Postures and Attitudes Show (
Performances begin 7:30pm today and tomorrow, with 2:30pm matinees tomorrow. Tickets cost N$350 and are available at the venue or at San Shih Dance Theater, 4F, 102, Chunghsin Rd, Sec 1, Sanchung, Taipei County. Call (02) 2973 6786 for more information.