Get up, stand up

The Post-Theater continues a writer’s legacy with a live art show

By Tang Hsiang-yi  /  Staff reporter

Fri, Jan 17, 2014 - Page 12

In the production A Fool’s Life (傻子的一生), audiences won’t remain seated during the performance.

“The audience will fill out a questionnaire before the show begins,” says the plays Chiang Yuan-hsiang (江源祥) told the Taipei Times on Tuesday. “We’ll then read out the responses during the performance.”

A founding member of the The Post-Theater (破空間) group, formed mostly by National Taiwan University of Arts (國立台灣藝術大學) theater students, Chiang writes and directs A Fool’s Life, which draws inspiration from Ryunosuke Akutagawa, known as the father of the Japanese short story.

A Fool’s Life is the theater group’s interpretation of several of the author’s works, the performance built largely around structured improvisation.

Chiang calls the show a “live art” performance, where each actor has an action to perform.

“For example, one strips naked and eats paper. Another recites an incantation and paints a stroke onto the wall every 10 recitations until the painting is finished,” said Chiang.

The performance in New Taipei City will take place at the group’s 66-square meter theater, where they exchange ideas and rehearse. They will accept six audience members per show. The Greater Tainan and Greater Kaohsiung performances will see space for 40 audience members for each performance.

BREAKING RULES

Experimentation is how The Post-Theater likes to create. Its previous work, Fucking Brain with Murmur (他媽的大腦雜音), saw the group blindfolding the audience, forcing them to rely on their other senses to experience the show.

With A Fool’s Life, the group’s eighth work in three year, audiences will be invited to complete a lotus painting.

“All the interactions are to prompt the audience to give their own interpretation,” Chiang said.