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

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Recipient of the Best Immersive Experience award of Luxembourg City Film Festival, the VR360 Award of Kaoshiung Film Festival and part of the official selection for this year’s 2023 Tribeca Festival, we are delighted to welcome Riverbed Theatre with their new piece taking it down and putting it up.

Throughout the festival we will also be presenting Riverbed’s ground-breaking VR experience All That Remains. Dates and times will be announced shortly.

 

TAKING IT DOWN AND PUTTING IT UP

Riverbed Theatre’s brand new piece taking it down and putting it up is a poetic meditation on the work of Marcel Duchamp, the acts of construction and deconstruction, and the hereness of the present moment.

In a 1987 interview, John Cage discussed the room-size installation Marcel Duchamp had secretly spent twenty years assembling in his New York studio from 1946-1966, Étant donnés. Instead of focusing on the evocative imagery of Duchamp’s surreal installation, Cage emphasized the book-length instruction manual Duchamp prepared for workers that detailed the proper way to dismantle and reassemble the installation: the unscrewing of wall boards, rolling up of canvases, the wrapping of objects, etc. (and then the sequential order for putting it all back together again). Duchamp prepared the manual to serve a specific pragmatic function, but Cage was interested in its esoteric by product, the unintentional “musicality” of the dismantling and re-construction process. By focusing on the sounds produced by the workers as they followed the instructions, Cage invited us to consider the manual as a musical score, to stop and take note of the music of everyday life.

Although we do not follow an instruction manual, our lives are also filled with the inevitable process of taking things down and putting them back up (relationships, businesses, dreams…). We are so familiar with this routine of beginnings and endings that we lose sight of the moment in between, this moment, today.

Director
Craig Quintero

Performers
Tien Hsiao-tzu, Zhang Jia-zhi, Amber You, Ollie Huang

Composer
Yujun Wang

Scenic Design
Carl Johnson

Lighting
Wang Tianhong

 

 

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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)
Dates to be announced shortly

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