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Taiwan Festival: Riverbed Theatre - Taking It Down And Putting It Up

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A MULTI-DISCIPLINARY THEATRE COLLAGE BLENDING MOVEMENT, DANCE, OPERA AND VISUAL ART

Experimental theatre group Riverbed Theatre have been astonishing audiences for over 25 years, exploring the intersection between theatre, movement, music and visual art.

Performing in the UK for the first time, they bring two pieces to the Taiwan Festival, taking it down and putting it up, and, throughout the festival, their award-winning 360 VR experience All That Remains.

taking it down and putting it up is a poetic meditation on connection, loss and renewal, using the human body as sculpture. This new piece is a collage of physical theatre, dance, opera, video projection with music composed by Yujun Wang and live visual art from acclaimed artist Carl Johnson.

This extraordinary piece of physical theatre is based on a manual by Marcel Duchamp on the experience of taking down and putting up Étant donnés, an installation he had secretly spent twenty years assembling in his New York studio apartment. Riverbed Theatre contemplate the artistic potential of construction and destruction, and the resulting constant changes that make each moment unique.

Riverbed Theatre Company ingeniously unites time, space, sound, and movement in the theatre. Its dark, distinctly profound expressive form combined with its image-based non-linear performances, create a tranquil, clear, latent ‘inner world.’” (Taiwan Daily)

 

Workshop
Riverbed Theatre Artistic Director Craig Quintero will host an exclusive 2 hour workshop introducing participants to Riverbed’s unique form of image-based theatre. Click here for more details.

 

 

Director
Craig Quintero

Producer
Su-Ling Yeh

Composer
Yujun Wang

Lighting Designer
Shu-Ang Yeh

Scenic Artist
Carl Johnson, Chang-Chih Chen

Performers
Hsiao-Tzu Tien, Chia-Chy Chang, Yu-Hsin Yu, Chih-Kai Huang, Carl Johnson

Soprano
Pi-Yu Shih

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Riverbed Theatre
Riverbed Theatre was founded in 1998 in Taipei, Taiwan. The company’s image-based, Total Theatre productions blur the boundaries between visual and performing arts. Critics have praised the organic, sculptural quality of Riverbed’s “subconscious” theatre, likening the performances to the best works of Samuel Beckett and David Lynch.

Craig Quintero
As the Artistic Director of the Taipei-based Riverbed Theatre Company, Craig has written and directed over fifty original image-based performances, including productions in Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Singapore, China, France, Germany, and the United States. He is also a sculptor and installation artist whose work has been shown at the Asian Biennial, Venice Biennale Collateral Events, Kobe Biennale, Taipei Biennale, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei MOCA, and the Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art. His VR experience, All That Remains, premiered at the 79th Venice Film Festival (2022) and has been screened at festivals including the Thessaloniki Film Festival, FESPACO, FilmMakerFest, and the Luxembourg Film Festival (where the project won the prize for the Best Immersive Experience). Riverbed’s new VR experience, Over the Rainbow, premiered at the 2023 Tribeca Festival.

 

 

BOOK THE OTHER SHOWS PART OF THE FESTIVAL

Cheng-Tsung Feng (installation and exhibition)
Throughout the festival

Riverbed Theatre: All That Remains (VR experience)
Throughout the festival

Anarchy Dance Theatre: Second Body
12 – 13 Apr

Yujun Wang: Dawn to Dawn
16 – 17 Apr

Hung Dance: Birdy
19 – 20 Apr

Chou Kuan-Jou: Tomato
23 – 24 Apr