16 Feb 2019, 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
“When I was introduced to Oskar Fischinger, he began to talk with me about the spirit which is inside each of the objects of this world. So, he told me, all we need to do to liberate that spirit is to brush past the object, and to draw forth its sound…Many years since then, I never stopped touching things, making them sound and resound, to discover what sounds they could produce. Wherever I went, I always listened to objects.”
John Cage, 1968
Stop, listen, feel. Can the sounds around you be felt? Can the objects around you be heard?
Inspired by the philosophy of avant-garde American musician John Cage, Taiwan’s M.O.V.E. Theatre presents Dear John, an innovative and interdisciplinary production involving dance, lighting effects, technology, audience participation, as well as sound.
Dear John depicts a sound journey that begins with a “deconstructed piano” and fully reveals the process of making sound. Redefining the interpretation of performing arts and the physicality of sound, and challenging the power-relation between performers and audiences, the exploratory Dear John was one of the five works that was awarded the 2014 Taishin Arts Awards—the only award in Taiwan that acknowledges creative achievements in works of visual, performing and inter-disciplinary arts.
With the performance venue turned into a playful sound lab, this performance piece weaves sound, light and movement to create a unique ambient soundscape that encourages audience members to explore the space, and even become soundmakers themselves, becoming an indispensable and unpredictable part of the experience.
Esplanade Theatre Studio
1 Esplanade Drive