For a second year, musicians are going to face off against actors, dancers and artists — and the winner is whoever gets the most applause. Actually Sound vs Monologue.Body.Visual Arts (造音2011 —即興) is a much more cooperative venture, it just sounds like it could be the cultural world’s version of the World Wrestling Federation.
Chang Ya-wen (張雅雯), a musician who is a dance accompanist, and some other musician friends — like MAFIA (跨域藝術團隊) — had so much fun and positive feedback from last year’s initial program, they decided to do it again this year. The same musicians will join in, but with different featured artists from the worlds of dance, theater and painting.
The theme of the four evenings is improvisation. Each show will run one to one-and-a-half hours, but none will be the same because the lineup of artists will be different and the musicians’ styles differ as well. The shows are divided into four segments: music, music with monologue, music with dance and music with painting.
Truth-in-advertising: while the focus is on improvisation, there has been some rehearsals, especially with the dancers, just to set the basic outline and a few with the actors as well.
This weekend’s shows are at the Nanhai Gallery; next weekend they move venue to the Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra’s Reykjavik Lab.
What: Sound vs Monologue.Body.Visual Arts (造音2011 — 即興)
When and Where: Tonight and tomorrow at 7:45pm at Nanhai Gallery (南海藝廊), 3, Ln 19, Chongqing S Rd Sec 2, Taipei City (台北市重慶南路二段19巷3號), Dec. 9 and Dec. 10 at 7:45pm at the Reykjavik Lab (雷克雅維克實驗室) B1, 7, Jinan Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市濟南路一段7號B1)
Admission: Tickets are NT$350 for this weekend’s shows, NT$420 for next weekend. They can be booked via the show’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=208025939271670) or by calling Ms Wu at 0952-906-786 or bought at the door