Reflections on Stage Time & Wine, 88th Edition.
Stage Time & Wine is a place to express yourself freely in any language or form, and remember that everyone is an artist.
Challenges, Failures, Success… Is it possible to ever have one without the other? What do these words mean to different people? There are thousands of quotes on the internet from Sages, Scholars and other well-known people about this very thing.
When we see famous or successful people, we may think, “They’re so smart” or “They’re so lucky” or “Their life is so easy”. We don’t spend much time thinking about embarrassing flops, setbacks or changes of direction they might have experienced getting to where they are.
The theme of our last Aside 15 was Nightmare Challenges. Each of our 3 speakers had different areas of expertise, interests and life experiences. They shared with us their vulnerabilities, challenges and how they moved forward despite of them.
Starting the night off was Jet Wu 吳彥杰. In 2012, he started WeTogetherStudio 共玩創作, the first Stop-Motion Animation Company in Taiwan for TV and Advertisement. His team’s soon work won recognition and awards in many domestic and international film festivals. But life isn’t always so smooth. Jet talked about how changes in the economy/industry forced him to make difficult business decisions that did not align with ideals of his team. He shared the pain of how they left one by one and also how he got so badly conned by a businessman in Hong Kong. It was at one of his lowest points when he realized letting go of his ego was crucial to moving forward in providing for his family. His idea to incorporate education into his work is now finally reaping rewards. His company provides workshops for amateurs, children and retirees. He also distributes animation production software & curriculum to Taiwan’s educational institutions.
Faye Angevine, successful businesswoman and purveyor of fine antiques, was our next speaker. In fact, the lovely antiques that grace Red Room space are from her Bai Wen Collections. Having lived in Taiwan for more than 40 years, she’s had more than her share of ups and downs especially while doing business in China. Faye spoke about challenges related to 2 of her passions – antiques and animals. She shared a light hearted version of the nightmarish tour she had during an antique sourcing trip with the “Housewife Sallys”. Taking a group of western women into less civilized areas of China was wrought with incidents – which prompted a promise to herself never to do it again. Due to her love of animals, Faye has generously adopted and rescued many, many dogs over the years. Trying to create more awareness and compassion toward animals, getting Government regulations changed and raising funds to support animal welfare continues to be an uphill battle.
Everyone took a short break and got to sample Chef Zoe’s amazing offerings of fresh vegetarian bites. Citrus Herbs & Greens, Pumpkin Kaddo Bourani and Roasted Sweet Chili with Chocolate were both artistic and delicious.
Stephen Rong 榮忠豪 was the last speaker and rounded out our night. Starting with a serious health challenge during his teens to overcoming his mom’s objections about his decision to move to Taiwan and pursue a singing career in 2009, Stephen really impressed on me his motto of “Never give up”. Even when he was told he couldn’t sing, he wasn’t good looking enough and he’d never make it, Stephen continued to pursue his dream. At one point, he had only NT$500 left in his pocket after some he trusted stole all his money. He failed in winning singing competitions in Taiwan and Hong Kong; as a travel host, he was once abandoned in Malaysia with only $10 for food and there were many other nightmare examples in his life. After all these pitfalls, he picked himself back up, learned from his experiences and worked hard at improving himself in every way that he could. Stephen is finally living his dream. He has been in several commercials, film and stage productions; hosted TV shows and recently held his own concert.
As was shared during the evening, life is not always easy, it comes with twists and turns and bumps on the road. It’s wise to remember is that each challenge is a learning experience. Life can be quite amazing if you believe in yourself and persevere. It has certainly made me think about my life!
“Never give up. Today is hard, tomorrow will be worse but the day after tomorrow will be sunshine.” ~馬雲 Jack Ma
by Sharon Landon on ASIDE 15
Kaamyab Ho, the positive work flow, laid deep within my skin, prick pointed by peri pipkin. The crying procrastinator imprints a reminder FOREVER, only method of removal would be to sever the limb in which I lift high above my head.
Kaamyab Ho, the positive workflow..
A phrase to continue the pace for productivity, it faces me for my eyes only. Soley- but I don’t stand alone, the grind is consistent with any 21 year old.. With livers as healthy as any teenager, we convince ourselves that there’s plenty of time. To heal, bounce back and recover from the night before. Ignore the sore pains that you’ll never have the best story to explain…well, parentals..i lean upon a cane. Modern day utilities remind us of our futility in the level of functionality that matters. Morning chatters, sips on chai crackers this ink blot teaches truth..that’s the last tooth. I’ll be ready as an adult…crunching my way through youth..
Kaamyab Ho, the positive work flow, laid deep within my skin, words by brown kin I’m closer to being Hindustani , Gandhi had his code to abide by, this way chickens do fly, possibilities aren’t out the window …they exist in my scope, no need to linger… let me throw you a rope..
Rise and surface through the desert sands…originally unfamiliar lands- striving for success starved of demands unmet..this is more than shade…it’s a tent…
Tools and sustenance hits fools and reluctance. All we need is within it, how could you not make sense of this.
It’s from a steel point…torch lit to a rocker’s joint.
she walked into my room with a needle and ink..there was me sitting with a very stiff drink..
Chizzle to skin, clink..clink..think on what’s being done..this is permanent ink..
Kaamyab Ho, the positive workflow
Read by Aspiring Azul
Stage Time & Wine 88, April 15 2017
There is no predicting how a Stage Time and Juice show will come together. We usually start by throwing around themes that have to do with the month. Alliteration is always a plus. Sometimes we will approach someone to do some sort of activity or performance within the show, and we will build around that. The theming is not always central to the event, but on the occasion where the separate participants coalesce around it, magic begins to take place.
Let’s not feign total innocence with the selection of last month’s theme of “The March Hare”: we knew that Ruth Landowne Giordano had staged the Reader’s Theater production of “A Mad Tea Party,” Chapter 7 from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland in the past. We had a sneaky feeling that if we dangled the title in front of her, she wouldn’t allow this opportunity to slide by. As it turns out, not only was Ruth game to revive it, but she wanted to update it with a twist: by incorporating some Juicers as readers. As she explained, “I think the addition of the children will make the production quite sweet.”
Once the decision of hosting a mad tea party had been set, we transformed the event into a British high tea by serving up scones made from KP Kitchen’s wonderful mix, decked out with clotted cream and jam. We also provided “Drink-Me” punch, a concoction whose recipe is known only to the alchemists of the Red Room. Unfortunately, the punch was a grand failure: none of the Juicers changed their shapes or sizes, although it may have had some contribution to transforming some of the guests into performers.
A few weeks before the event, we received a most unusual request: a mother was wondering whether she could hold a birthday party celebration at Juice. This gave us pause: we had never thought to combine our stage event with a private celebration. On the other hand, the temptation of holding a real birthday party within a staged tea party was too much of a temptation to resist. The Mad Hatter and the March Hare would have appreciated the flipping inside out of the situation. Once we had acquiesced, mom Nomita signed off with the curious remark: “I like this theme.”
It turns out she is an artist who sculpts in cake and fondant: she showed up with a remarkable stacked tower of a cake, covered with Alice in Wonderland motifs. It took her two days to shape and paint it. Needless to say, the Juicers demolished it in minutes. Unfortunately, that’s the way it goes with us: we know a good thing when we see it, and we consume it.
The show itself began with our open mic lineup. There were many first-time visitors on the stage, who tenuously shared poems and jokes. One boy performed a spectacular Indian dance, complete with cool dude sunglasses. Two siblings introduced a game, and invited audience members up on the stage to get slapped on the hand. Another sang a sad love ballad while she played the guitar. One girl played a musical piece on the keyboard.
Constance Woods tried to teach us how to dance the Pata-Pata in five minutes. Due to our failure to fully grasp the subtleties of her performance, she has agreed to return and get us all wash wiping and hopping in proper South African form in May.
The show ended with the performance of “A Mad Tea Party.” We were amazed at how polished the junior Juicers looked next to their talented R4 counterparts.
There is a link to the YouTube of the entire “A Mad Tea Party” performance and some footage and photos of this special event on our Stage Time and Juice Facebook page. Although it’s nice to look at pictures to try to understand what is going on, we heartily recommend that you to come to our events in person to experience for yourself the indescribable.
And that’s what you missed at Stage Time and Juice!
Three young performers (under 10-yrs old) joined several over-thirties to sound out Chapter 7: “A Mad Tea Party” from the world-famous ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND at Stage Time & Juice March 18.
Preparations continue for a reading of CHIMES at MIDNIGHT. CHIMES is based on an Orson Welles screenplay which follows the career of one of Shakespeare’s beloved fools, Sir John Falstaff through his (mis)-adventures in and around the lives of King Henry IV and V. We expect to read the script aloud in time for the Bard’s Birthday in late April.
Several projects are underway as I write:
I’m scheduled to return to the ICRT studio this week to complete post-production of our recording of A Most Dangerous Game, a short story by American writer Richard Connell. The story came out in 1924. It’s theme, man hunting man to the death, has been revisited in plays, movies, books and radio drama throughout the decades since its publication.
Our live reading of Chimes at Midnight was on the 20th of April, in time to celebrate the 453rd anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth (and, as legend has it, his death). Our script was adapted for us from the Orson Welles screenplay of the same name. The scenes are taken from several of Shakespeare’s plays, most notably Henry lV, parts 1 & 2. Throughout the play, we follow the career of Sir John Falstaff and his relationship with Prince Hal, heir to the throne of England.
R4 will represent itself at the up-coming Spectacular Atrophy event with a sound collage made up of materials drawn from George Orwell’s 1984. Several voices will read aloud and music will be incorporated to suit the mood.
Finally, preparations are underway to greet a new group of Stage Time and Juicers for fun with theatre games. We’ll be workshopping a new telling of a few episodes of the story of the Monkey King, drawn from the most recent translation of The Journey to the West.
Kundalini Yoga & Meditation Wednesdays
Wednesday, May 10 at 7:30 PM – 9 PM
4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10 (2017)
Suitable for complete beginners and experienced yogi’s alike, this practice supports all aspects and stages of life, regardless of religion or belief systems. All are welcome.
Drop ins 700
x5 ClassPass 3000
x10 ClassPass 5000
*Students with valid ID 10% off.
*Class Passes do not expire.
Classes on Wednesdays, April 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 2017
Please bring the following:
– Yoga mat or sheep skin.
– Head covering, preferably in cotton to contain the energy and centre you.
– A shawl/blanket to cover you during deep relaxation.
– A cushion to sit on if you have trouble sitting upright in meditation.
Wear loose fitted clothing, preferably in cotton.
Refrain from eating 2 hours before.
Arrive at least 10 mins before class
Kundalini Yoga is a comprehensive practice that includes pranayam (breath work), physical exercise, deep relaxation and meditation. It stimulates the brain, works directly with the glands, while strengthening the nervous and immune systems. It is a physical and spiritual practice that is both rejuvenating and deeply healing, and its practical applications for modern living as well as its rapidly growing number of teachers, make it the fastest growing style of yoga worldwide.
“The power of KY lies in the actual experience. It goes right into your heart and extends your consciousness so you may have a wider horizon of grace and of knowing the ultimate truth. Ultimately you come to understand your existence in relationship to the Universe and understand you already are. And this brings you to the practical experience of Infinity in all aspects of your life.” -Yogi Bhajan
Teya Ilea has been practicing various forms of yoga for nearly two decades, experiencing the deepest personal transformation through Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. She has been teaching internationally since 2007, and is a healer in the Sat Nam Rasayan tradition.
Teya’s background is in fine art, acting and music. Largely based in London, Hong Kong and New York, she featured in high fashion publications, global campaigns and commercials, as a model for more than ten years. Since then she has been solely pursuing her passion for yoga and meditation. Ten years of study, practice and teaching then lead her to recently moving to Taiwan.
“Integrating Kundalini Yoga into our lives gives us the ability to cultivate inner peace and vitality, and to bring peace and harmony into our environments, be it our families, friends, communities or places of work. We need fast and effective tools to have contact with our innate wisdom, expanding in consciousness to address the need of the time, for ourselves and each other.” -Teya Ilea
課程皆在星期三:4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10 (2017)
授課者Teya llea 學習各種形式的瑜珈近二十載，師傳Yogi Bhajan的她在昆達里尼瑜珈中體驗了最深度的個人轉變。Teya從2007年便開始在各國教授，也是Sat Nam Rasayan傳統中的療癒者。
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6F., No.12, Linsen S. Rd., Zhongzheng Dist ., Taipei City 100, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
今井田歌の三味線之旅 Tota Imai’s Shamisen Journey
Saturday, April 8 at 7:30 PM – 10 PM
(English Text Below )
By 舞踏家—藤條虫丸Mushimaru Fujieda
今井田歌 / Tota Imai
1970 移居加拿大 卻在那開始三味線音樂興趣
1997 發行專輯《綠地》“Green Earth”
Tota Imai’s Shamisen Journey
Tota Imai comes from Japan, he is a singing and traveling poet,
with his Japanese traditional pluck instrument the shamisen.
He wanders the world, singing in theatres,
and living the festivities around each corner.
His music stems from Japanese earthy blues and poetry born from improvisation. Crossing between dance and theatre,
engaging in collaboration with many unique musicians.
He is a man who understands the subtlety of life and a dear traveller of music.
My music is based on traditional Japans musics of classical and folk .however I often play my own music as well.
1948 born in Aioi- city
1970 emigrated to Canada but there,began to have an interest
about shamisen music
1972 backed to Japan to learn shamisen in Kyoto
1978 concert-tours in the States,visiting the universities
of California, Washington,etc.
1997 CD【green earth】 released
2013 concert-tours in Australia
2015 concert-turs in Finland,Estonia and Sweden.