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New Power Party event to feature art, performance

By Su Fang-ho and Jonathan Chin  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

The New Power Party (NPP) yesterday said its sole large-scale campaign rally ahead of the Jan. 16 legislative elections is to take place on Saturday, which is to feature a 10m-tall sculpture by artist Lee Liang-ren (李良仁) as the backdrop and a live performance by the Paper Windmill Theater Troupe, famous for its productions for children.

NPP legislator-at-large candidate Ko I-chen (柯一正), who is a renowned Paper Windmill Theater stage director and performer, yesterday told a news conference that the group’s performance at Saturday’s rally would be atypical, as it is a play about the NPP designed for an older audience.

The Dream Rangers, a group of octogenarian motorcyclists famous for touring Taiwan who were featured in the 2012 documentary Go Grandriders (不老騎士), are also to perform at the event, Ko said, adding that he hopes to help elect at least five NPP legislator-at-large candidates.

Lee’s sculpture is to be featured as the event’s stage backdrop, rather than the currently popular LED projections, Ko added.

When asked about his sculpture, Lee said: “As the main themes of the NPP’s evening rally are birth and hope, I designed my sculpture to resemble a young pregnant woman who symbolizes the extraordinary group of young people who carry a nascent hope, and the ushering in of a new vision that is to take place on Saturday.”

“We are passing the future on to them so that they can forge a new one,” Lee added.

Meanwhile, when asked by reporters about the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) latest TV campaign commercial — which accused anti-KMT campaigners of disrespecting contributions to society made by baby-boomers — NPP Chairman and legislative candidate Huang Kuo-chang (黃國昌) said that the ad had “no relevance” to the “injustice of [President] Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) administration,” which activists have been trying to address.

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