Riverbed Theatre’s (河床劇團) contribution is another one of its Just For You mini-plays performed for an audience of one: Six Feet Under — Ten Feet Above. The audience enters through a painting by Hsu Yin-ling (許尹齡) — and emerges 12 minutes later from behind another one — into an Alice in Wonderland-like experience that is a meditation on death and living, ghosts and memories. It provides an opportunity to fall into the unknown. The title refers to the tradition begun in England of burying bodies 6 feet below ground — reportedly to protect the living from the spread of bubonic plague.
Director Craig Quintero said he was very excited about the company being included in the exhibit.
“We have been wanting to move into galleries for 10 to 15 years, almost since the beginning,” he said.
The company began doing Just For You playlets in 2011 and earlier this year it took part in the True Illusion, Illusory Truth — Contemporary Art Beyond Ordinary Experience (真真：當代超常經驗) exhibition at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum.
While the Eslite Gallery is open Tuesdays through Sundays, Six Feet Under — Ten Feet Above will only be performed on weekends.
There is also a “work room” for the committee Gong pulled together for discussions ahead of the show. A pair of white filing cabinets is worth a look. Each drawer frames a photograph, taken from above, of the tables at each of the meetings, littered with bottles, notebooks, food and cigarettes. It is like being a fly on the wall for those discussions — though we are still scratching our heads at what it all has to do with working too much.