Four Taiwanese groups are to perform at the Festival Off d’Avignon (Avignon Off) in France this month: the Flying-Group Theatre (飛人集社劇團), Theatre des Enfants Terribles (頑劇場), M.O.V.E. Theatre (動見体劇場) and B.DANCE (丞舞製作團隊), the Ministry of Culture said.
Avignon Off is a fringe event that parallels the annual Avignon Festival.
The Flying-Group Theatre, known for its modern puppetry productions, is to perform La Naissance (初生), a collaboration with French illustrator Ghislaine Herbera about life and death.
Theatre des Enfants Terribles, which uses mime, clown acts, masks and installation art in its shows, is to perform Mamma Luna (月亮媽媽), which uses the moon as a symbol to discuss life, death and how to deal with the impending passing of an aging loved one.
M.O.V.E. Theatre’s dance production Play Me explores the power structure between people, while choreographer Benson Tsai’s (蔡博丞) B.DANCE is to perform Floating Flowers (浮花), which premiered in Taipei in December last year and was inspired by the Taiwanese folk ritual of releasing water lanterns.
B.DANCE is to stage its production at the CDC-Les Hivernales from today to July 20, while the other three groups are to perform at the Theatre La Condition des Soies starting Thursday until July 30.
This is to be the 10th consecutive year that Taiwanese groups have participated in Avignon Off. Since 2007, 34 groups from Taiwan have staged 47 productions at the French festival, the ministry said.
Cultural Center of Taiwan in Paris director Tsai Hsiao-ying (蔡筱穎) said Avignon Off is an important platform for Taiwanese groups — as it gives them more opportunities to showcase their work — and art administrators, as they can build relationships with their international peers.
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