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Dreams of space and love

Two enjoyable productions for the Taiwan International Festival of Arts this past weekend explore some connected themes with drastically different outcomes

By Diane Baker  /  Staff reporter

If it is about love, it is also about violence.

Dark-suited stunt men appear with guard dogs along the perimeter of the carnations, repeatedly standing atop a table and falling off of it as they move the table ever closer to a seated woman, who reacts physically and vocally to each fall, even though the men never touch her. It is an apt depiction of the emotional violence and coercion that the #MeToo movement has highlighted.

Then there is Dominique Mercy’s character, who occasionally demands stops another performer to demand their papers.

In between, men dressed in badly fitted dresses cavort among the flowers like rabbits, there are a number of children’s games, and a woman clad in just underpants with an accordion strapped across her chest carefully picks her way through the flowers.

Like Riverbed’s shows, sometimes you just have to stop thinking about Bausch’s message and enjoy the performance.

The Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch is now in Taichung, where they will perform Nelken at the National Taichung Theater, staring tomorrow night. There are still tickets available for tomorrow, but Friday night’s show and Saturday’s matinee are sold out.

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