TS Eliot’s The Waste Land, a radio drama, March 2014

For Aside @The Red Room on March 29, 2014

​Red Room Radio Redux (R ​4)​ has been commissioned to present a reading of ​TS Eliot’s​ The Waste Land, ​widely regarded as one of the most important modern poems of the 20th century.  For this special reading of the poem, The Waste Land has been adapted for four voices with live sound effects and accompanied by the music by influential contemporaries of the poet: Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Berlin, Ravel, and popular music in London at the time. Featuring the vocal talents of Marc Anthony, Andrianna Smela, Charlie Storrar, and Pat Woods. Directed by Ruth Landowne Giordano. Original concept and script by Ignatz Ratzkywatzky, The text is rich with dramatic situations, dialogs, lyrics, foreign languages and the inner workings of the poet’s mind during a time of rapid social changes. This will surely be a unique approach to this historic piece.

FROM THE DESK OF Ignatz Ratzkywatzky, dramaturge, writer, and originator:

T.S. Eliot’s Waste Land: A Radio Drama probes the mystery of existence, the angst of the human heart and the marvelous irony that our dread of death celebrates our elation and passion to live.

From Wikipedia:

“The Waste Land” is a long poem written by T.S. Eliot. It is widely regarded as “one of the most important poems of the 20th century” and a central text in Modernist poetry. Published in 1922, the 434-line poem first appeared in the U.K. in the October issue of The Criterion and in the U.S. in the November issue of The Dial. It was published in book form in December 1922. Among its famous phrases are “April is the cruellest month”, “I will show you fear in a handful of dust”, and the mantra in the Sanskrit language “Shantih shantih shantih“.]

Eliot’s poem loosely follows the legend of the Holy Grail and the Fisher King combined with vignettes of the contemporary social condition in British society. Eliot employs many literary and cultural allusions from the Western canon and from Buddhism and the Hindu Upanishads.  The poem shifts between voices of satire and prophecy featuring abrupt and unannounced changes of speaker, location and time and conjuring of a vast and dissonant range of cultures and literatures.

The poem’s structure is divided into five sections. The first section, titled The Burial of the Dead introduces the diverse themes of disillusionment and despair. The second, titled A Game of Chess employs vignettes of several characters—alternating narrations—that address those themes experientially. The Fire Sermon, the third section, offers a philosophical meditation in relation to the imagery of death and views of self-denial in juxtaposition influenced by Augustine of Hippo and eastern religions. After a fourth section that includes a brief lyrical petition, the culminating fifth section, What the Thunder Said concludes with an image of judgment.

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Performers, Aside 5 @ the Red Room, March 29 2014

Saturday, March 29th, 2014 Time: 6:30pm – 10:00pm
Red Room’s fifth exclusive event, where five artists share their most imaginative, courageous and inspiring performances.

Featuring:

ASIDE 5 PRESENTERS

Bio:

David Gentile came to Taiwan years ago to study Chinese and Kung Fu, then ended up graduating from the Chinese Dept. at NTNU this past Summer. He traveled throughout the US before coming to Taiwan, and has always enjoyed coming up with little one-two line rhymes about the strange, beautiful, or troubling people, places, and things he encountered along the way.

“The poems started to become a way for me to impermanently document my experiences and even influenced the way I saw the world. Places became references to epic lines with names like “The Dog-Rocket House” or “The Dust Palace” that echoed the feeling of the abandoned hotel in the Lost Boys. People around me started to have nicknames so colorful and fitting that they sounded like the cast of Dick Tracy villains, and even the simplest of tasks were a mix between everyone’s own unique dog commands and rhyming slang. Basically, we got in there like swimwear, and now I have a whole new time zone…”

[email protected]book.com

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Bio:

Charlie Storrar is an editor and comedian based in Taipei. He spends his working hours thinking of puns for headlines and his evenings performing stand-up and improv. He is the host of the regular comedy quiz night Charlie Storrar’s Death Panel.

Content:

How I Became a Born-Again Sinner (shared at the recent Story Slam)

Charlie Storrar <[email protected]>

ASIDE 5 PRESENTERS3

Bio:

Josh Drye is a classically trained guitarist, composer, and songwriter that is putting most of his concentration now into the study of song form as it has evolved through the ages. He studied classical guitar and composition at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and then moved to New York City where he worked as a side man for various ensembles in Brooklyn and Manhattan, composer of theater music for productions as diverse as Shakespeare to Pinter, rehearsal accompanist for musicals, and could be found most Thursday nights belting out Irish music at Paddy Reilly’s. He has lived in Taiwan for a little less than a year. He has great taste in sweaters and vintage antiques. He doesn’t like ceramic cats, though, or baseball, so kindly refrain from asking him about either. It’ll just be awkward.

Performance Statement: 

I hope to present a few of my favorite songs. I want to pick them apart for you and show you how they work, then put them back together and spin ’em so you can see them in motion and understand what’s happening. Songs are one of the most ancient and instinctual forms of human expression. Each one carries with it a wealth of images, symbols, stories and emotions that all mean something different for each person but can still create a shared collective catharsis. I am going to play a few songs from different time periods, styles, and cultures to show that, no matter how large the gap is of time or space, we all have felt and hopefully always will feel the same big emotions about love, life, friendship, death and everything in between.

Josh Drye ‪<[email protected]>

ASIDE 5 PRESENTERS5

Red Room Radio Redux (R ​4)​ has been commissioned to present a reading of ​ T. S. Eliot’s​ The Waste Land, ​widely regarded as one of the most important modern poems of the 20th century.  For this special reading of the poem, The Waste Land has been adapted for four voices with live sound effects and accompanied by the music by influential contemporaries of the poet: Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Berlin, Ravel, and popular music in London at the time. The readers feature Marc Anthony, Andrianna Smela, Charlie Storrar, and Pat Woods, and is directed by Ruth Landowne Giordano. The text is rich with dramatic situations, dialogs, lyrics, foreign languages and the inner workings of the poet’s mind during a time of rapid social changes. This will surely be a unique approach to this historic piece.​

From the desk of IR

T.S. Eliot’s Waste Land : A Radio Drama probes the mystery of existence, the angst of the human heart and the marvelous irony that our dread of death celebrates our elation and passion to live.

Red Room Radio Redux <[email protected]>

ASIDE 5 PRESENTERS4

Bio: 

Like most artists, in younger days Tina was a Taiwanese hippy, rebelling against anything that interfered with her free will. She loved playing the guitar and learned American music while participating in all the social movements when Taiwan was seeking its identity in the early 80s.

After 30 years, she knows that the voice and sound must come from her own ground and soil now.

Having explored different art forms, she has finally chosen telling Taiwanese stories through songs from the ancient Chinese to current days, and to follow her bliss…

She likes to see herself as someone who uses this ancient musical instrument – moon guitar, to share shamanic spirits from nature and folklore of the mother earth. The instrument is two stringed, but says a lot in a simple ways, as most of life’s wisdom does.

长发披肩步轻盈,
身着彩衣特随性,
出行总会携月琴,
沉醉吟唱起共鸣,
最爱山林我独行,
花鸟鱼虫皆欢迎,
Tina 是她英文名,
中文名唤马丽英。

EMAIL: [email protected]

ICRT BROADCASTS R4 Xmas Carol

TUNE IN!

ICRT BROADCASTS R4 Xmas Carol

ICRT FM 100 will air our story on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24 at 9:00 PM and again on Christmas Day 12/25 at noon (Taiwan Time).

This recording was made late in the year 2012 featuring voices of Mark Caltonhill, Murray Richardson, Marc Anthony, Ben Gagnon, Reider Larsen, Angela Utschig, Manav Mehta, Sarah Brooks & Taili Huang. Recording mastered by Liu Ping.

You can listen live at ICRT FM 100 on the dial or online at www.icrt.com.tw Click on  LISTEN or “Listen LIVE!”

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Celebration time!

Red Room is celebrating its fourth year of Stage Time & Wine this Saturday, 16th November 2013!

Come and join the celebration of the Spoken Word, the Listening Culture of the Red Room, and all of you, our friends, our community. It will be wonderful to see you there.

Same time, same place.

See you there!

Red Room Team

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Performers, Aside 4 @ the Red Room, November 2013

Saturday, November 30th, 2013 Time: 6:30pm – 10:00pm
Red Room’s fourth exclusive event, where five artists share their most imaginative, courageous and inspiring performances.

Performers:

Conor Murphy Singer/ Songwriter

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Conor Murphy, Aside4

Bio: Conor Murphy’s compelling Irish voice carries any crowd, and when pulling back to circle around a more delicate turn in a song, audiences instinctively lean in to hear where he’s going next, lost in the narrative.

One remembers his work long after listening not only for its uniqueness, but his uncanny and marvelous ability to transmit the richness of human experience into word and song.

The subtle, enveloping, and sometimes explosive presence Murphy wields onstage combines remarkably with his lyrics, which carry all of the raw and the marvelous of life. His work inspires a nostalgia for the present, like all great art.

Performance statement: With every song comes the tale of its creation. No one person will be left unengaged, of this you are assured.

www.conorbarneymurphy.com (under construction, but ready soon!)

E: [email protected]

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Mark van Tongeren Sound Explorer

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Mark Tongeren, Aside 4

Bio: Mark van Tongeren is a sound explorer, experimental vocalist and cultural musicologist, well-known for his work on Tuvan throat singing and other kinds of overtone singing around the world. He wrote a textbook Overtone Singing (2004) and presented his work internationally from the USA and New Zealand to Taiwan. In 2013 he received his PhD from Leiden University with his thesis ‘Thresholds of the Audible. About the Polyphony of the Body’. Mark is a member of the arts/sound-collective Oorbeek and founded Parafonia and Superstringtrio. He lives in Taiwan with his Taiwanese wife Wen Yo-June and their two children.

Performance statement: For this Red Room I have prepared a sound massage, to clean the audience’ ears, brains and cells. Simple, flowing vocal sounds (though with a twist …. ) that can swallow up all the confused energy in your body-mind. Close your eyes, open your ears, and experience soundspace the way you have never experienced it before. Forget what you were doing, what troubled you, forget even who you are and where you are. Enjoy some moments of pure silence, of simple being afterwards. And come out refreshed.

E: [email protected]

 

Hu Chien, (Allia Hu) Musical Theater Producer

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Allia Hu, Aside4

Bio: Born in Nanging, and settled in Taiwan, Hu Chien 胡健, (Allia Hu) founded Miling’an Musical Theater in 2009, and has since become an important preservationist for Paiwanese culture and a promoter for Taiwanese performing arts.
He is a musical theater producer. “Miling’an Forest” was premiered in Taiwan in 2011, and this work was awarded the 2010-2012 grant of “pursuit of excellence in the performing arts” funded by the National Culture and Arts Foundation. The musical theater pioneered to be managed as a Broadway show in Taiwan, and is now played regularly twice every week. By means of his artiscit works, he hopes to send out his passion for aboriginal culture through the eyes of the tribesmen and their perspectives.
www.milingan.org
Performance statement:
A Journey into the Ancient Heritage
Born in Nanging, and finally settling his roots in Taiwan, Allia will be sharing his life journey through the pursuit of art, sharing a new idea of “beauty” in life that originates from the tribe – the kind that connects the hearts, the kind that opens up to the simplest conversations.

Andrianna Smela Soprano

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Andrianna, Aside4

Bio: Soprano Andrianna Smela has performed eclectic repertoire encompassing Early Music, Zarzuela, and improvisational opera. Most recently, Andrianna appeared in the original cabaret Ich Liebe Jesus at the Brick Theatre in New York City. She frequently collaborates with pianist Maria Dessena in performances of unique Classical Cabaret programs. The core repertoire of these shows is the music of Kurt Weill; the programming also includes pieces by Schoenberg, Poulenc, Bolcom, songs popularized by Edith Piaf, and tangos by Polish composer Petersburski. The duo has performed at the Metropolitan Room, the Liederkranz Club in New York City, and the Jazz Bar as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Andrianna’s opera and concert experience includes: Mrs. Peachum in Weill’s The Threepenny Opera with the Princeton Festival, Belinda in Dido and Aeneas with the Bronx Opera, and Mařenka in The Bartered Bride with the Liederkranz Foundation, as well as Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and Bach’s Magnificat with the West Islip Symphony and Sophisticated Strings.
Andrianna graduated from the IU School of Music and has attended summer programs at the Jarvis Conservatory Zarzuela workshop and OperaWorks. She currently resides in Taipei.

Performance statement: The composer Kurt Weill achieved a masterful blend of high art and popular musical idioms.  As a Jew in 1930’s Berlin, he was forced into exile, first fleeing to Paris and then to New York.  Although Weill was always an outsider, in each city he perfectly captured the energy and spirit of the time and place.  I’ll be singing songs representative of his work in each of these locales.

E: [email protected]

Tina Ma: Vocalist and Musician

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Tina Ma, Aside4

Bio: 

Like most artists, in younger days Tina was a Taiwanese hippy, rebelling against anything that interfered with her free will. She loved playing the guitar and learned American music while participating in all the social movements when Taiwan was seeking its identity in the early 80s.

After 30 years, she knows that the voice and sound must come from her own ground and soil now.

Having explored different art forms, she has finally chosen telling Taiwanese stories through songs from the ancient Chinese to current days, and to follow her bliss…

She likes to see herself as someone who uses this ancient musical instrument – moon guitar, to share shamanic spirits from nature and folklore of the mother earth. The instrument is two stringed, but says a lot in a simple ways, as most of life’s wisdom does.

长发披肩步轻盈,
身着彩衣特随性,
出行总会携月琴,
沉醉吟唱起共鸣,
最爱山林我独行,
花鸟鱼虫皆欢迎,
Tina 是她英文名,
中文名唤马丽英。

Tina will bring her new love “single string 一弦琴”
She will do a story  around Chinese tea.

EMAIL: [email protected]

Drew’s Drama Session, October 2013

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It’s about 11:30 in the morning as Drew guides a group of kids through a imaginary swamp in the Learning Kitchen. He gradually picks up his feet off the oriental carpet and deliberately lands them slowly and carefully, as if afraid to ruin the elaborate patterns on the delicate Indian rug. What is amazing is that the kids are shadowing his lead; most of them seem so curiously amused that they can’t help but shriek with excitement. Max, a second grader who entered behaving shy and meek during introduction, now has become equally hyper as Kyle, also a second grader who occupied his sense of imagination by throwing mud at the young thespians from the carpet swamp. It is hard to imagine just an hour earlier, every kid as languid and exhausted.

“Shh… we have to be very quiet! There’s a sniper here! It’s nighttime and there are a lot of branches here in the swamp…” Drew vigilantly whispers to everyone. Conrad, one of the participants in the group, quiets down for a few seconds before he makes gunshot noises and falls down on the swampy ground. This cautious whisper from Drew was intended to calm the kids down, but rather managed to open another gateway to their imagination. Soon the kids are pretending to shoot each other.

“No, no, no… I am not going to allow people getting shot in this class! And no shooting at other people either!” Andrew says, and I can’t help but giggle.

Drew’s Drama Session is all about thinking about the small things in life and expressing them through movement and language. In one of the many exercises, Drew gets the children to think back on times when they were tired and hungry and act out these feelings purely through movement. As for language, Drew asks them to express movements such as a “dab” or a “slash” with the tone of their voice. Through these exercises, Drew hopes to have the kids understand that drama and acting is all about movement, language, and stretching one’s imagination as far as possible. A lot of times, the kids look like they are playing, but it is one of Drew’s subtle methods in getting everybody comfortable with expressing themselves. When everyone is up and alive, there is no time to think about being shy and timid!

This is Drew’s first of four drama sessions that are being held every other Sunday from 10:30am to 12:30pm at the Learning Kitchen, and everybody seemed to have enjoyed themselves—especially Drew. Considering how much everyone enjoyed themselves, there might be a possibility that the Red Room will offer more classes for kids from seven to fourteen years. And if anyone is interested, we are more than happy to open classes for fourteen and above!

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STJ: Playing for change, September 2013

In the spirit of Playing for Change Day, September’s STJ was an afternoon full of music, dance, and inspiration.  From classical instrumental pieces to modern dance routines, children amazed and delighted everyone in the room with their performances.

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STJ is a family-oriented space for expression, so it was wonderful to see adults and children sharing the stage.  The afternoon began with a mom and toddler team performing an upbeat ribbon dance. We then had a student-teacher duet of Let it Be, a brother-sister duo on flute and drum, and a father-daughter violin performance.  Kindermusik teachers and Stage Time and Wine regulars shared their talents with the audience, opening young eyes to the possibilities music can bring.

Dispersed between the musical performances were skits, jokes, and a reading of an interactive story.  One family got up to perform an original skit, and a young boy got up to tell a quick joke.  To the delight of the very young ones, we also had the return of the adorable puppet Mimi.

To the emcee, photographers, mug artists, kitchen-hands, door people, supportive parents, adult performers, Canmeng Aveda, Nonzero, Red Room Volunteers,  thank you for supporting STJ. This is a true community effort, where many people are joining together to expand the creative lives of our future generation.  To new families, whether your child would like to try something new or just be part of the audience, feel welcome to join us at STJ on November 16th, 2:30pm.

Katrina Brown

the dog
song written by Hannah.
Performed by Hannah and Kyle Hsieh.

The dog says woof and I say woof and you say nothing but a little woof woof woof.

With the TV in front of you, you cannot see me; I’ve got such an ugly little face.

What the dog says is: woofy woofy woof! I want more, food!!!!

Hor-sey walked cross the river again, Bit the dog and bit me and ouch a-blen!

we died and turned into monster skeletons. We know we should go to the ponster skeletons.

The dog put his head back down into the garage, he died with a sound, with such a little parage.

 

Read about Stage Time and Juice in The Centered october issue http://issuu.com/centeredontaipei/docs/cot_102013/16
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Typhoon Updates- emergency contact

Red Room events will be called off in case there is a typhoon alert.

Please call one of these numbers to check if the Red Room is on or cancelled.

Manav Mehta 0910947307

Yu-Cheng Hsieh 謝宇程  0911285992

 

A brand new website for Red Room 介紹全新的紅房網站

Screen Shot 2013-07-16 at 12.24.37 PMRed Room has a new website www.redroom.com.tw. Our events have been developing at such a rate, each event needs space of its own in which to regenerate and evolve. Our old blog has been absorbed into this new website and it’s a clean new interface that allows you access to all of Red Room activities.

We have also created an online forum <http://www.redroom.com.tw/forums/> which you can join by registering on the site.  Use it to  share information about your own events and activities with the Red Room community. For those who just love to help the Red Room, please share your unique talents and skills with the Red Room community by signing in to volunteer http://www.redroom.com.tw/contact/. The Red Room is an open platform for new opportunities and expanding horizons and you are a vital part of this movement.

It is still a work in progress and as you continue to use it, it will continue to grow with you. We will keep refining it to fit all that you want it to be. Your input is valuable to us! We will welcome suggestions on how to make it more useful and functional. Drop us a line at [email protected] to share your ideas.

介紹全新的紅房網站

紅房擁有新的網站 (http://www.redroom.com.tw)。我們的活動發展的越來越有規模,每一個活動需要它自己的空間來再生及發展。我們的舊部落格已經整合進入這新的網站,且現在是更清爽新的界面讓您可以更方便瀏覽紅房活動資訊。

我們也建立了線上論壇 (http://www.redroom.com.tw/forums/) 請您註冊與加入。用它來跟紅房社群分享關於您自己的活動與進行計劃。給熱心想幫助紅房的朋友們,請麻煩您填寫志工名單 (http://www.redroom.com.tw/contact/) ,不吝告訴我們您獨特的專長和天分。

紅房是一個開放性的平台,擁有著最新的機會和廣大視野以及包含您,您是我們的重要一份子。紅房一直在成長,我們會變得您心中最美好的理想樣貌,而也需要您的一同協助成長。您的投入是我們的價值!我們非常歡迎任何建議讓它變得更系統化及更實際。歡迎捎個訊息分享點子給我們 [email protected]

Performers, Aside @ the Red Room 3, June 2013

This month at Aside we witness a shift on our view of personal expression within the arts. Each presenter will share with us their individual and unique story as an artist, whether it be through drama, prose, music or dance.
This select group of presenters at ‘Aside’ have found inspiration and have in turn inspired others in their field of expertise. They use their art and creativity to spread the possibility of social change. At ‘Aside’, you will have the opportunity to engage in their passion in a more intimate setting, and to experience their work. The purpose? To connect with other people and organizations with similar ideas.

The Performers


Claire Daelin

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Bio:

Claire attended a clown school and was named “Extra Stinky, Extra Sticky, the Disaster”. Once upon a time, she was an exam-addict and Taiwan’s superstar test-taker with the highest College Entrance Exam score in the Science category. She studied Electrical Engineering at the National Taiwan University because the national ranking said so. Alas, she graduated top 10 but can’t fix any electronic to save her life. She pretended to research Decision Psychology at Columbia University with a $300,000 fellowship and authored papers which put many insomniacs to sleep. Theater training and performing helped her admit the bloody truth that she is not who she pretended to be. Claire hosted a kids’ TV show (which was why she became allergic to kids). She was last seen at the “normal job” scene as the Director of Innovation Partnership Program and CEO’s special assistant at X PRIZE. To help young people gain courage to pursue their passion and niche, she’s writing School Detox: A Manual for Young Superheroes Learning to Be Awesome. She hosts a web show called My First (where passionate people talk about their “firsts”). She’s building School for the Curious.

Connect with Claire at http://www.ClaireDaelin.com.

About the performance:

Seeking Out Loud is Claire’s first original monologue. It’s an intimate look into her personal search for answers to the age-old question of mortality and the resulting loneliness.

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Sangpuy Katatepan Mavaliyw 桑布伊

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About

Sangpuy Katatepan Mavaliyw, comes from Katatipul Village, an ancient Pinuyumayan tribe where mountain meets ocean in southeastern Taiwan’s Taitung County. A singer with an immemorial voice hiding in his young shell. When he was a child, the clear, distant sound of his grandfather singing left a deep impression on him and he began to sing the songs of Katatipul.

Face Book: https://www.facebook.com/Sangpuy?fref=ts

About the performance:
When the night has come, the bonfire is bursting, the breeze is softly sweeping through treetops, and the smoke is spiraling with the wind. You don’t need the clamorous music at such peaceful moment, the only thing you need is tranquility. Let Sangpuy’s unique voice bring you back to the origin, and cure your soul.

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Katie Partlow

Bio

Katie Partlow is a theatre artist originally from Washington State in the US.  She’s lived in Taiwan since 2001, working as both a bilingual performer, director and writer as well as a consultant on cross-cultural work.  Living in Changhua County for her first 7 years here, where she honed her Mandarin and cross-cultural communication skills, Katie eventually moved to Taipei in 2008 to study for an MFA in acting from Taipei University of the Arts.  Since then, Katie has worked on many projects with artists both locally and abroad, including being an educator and performer for Song Song Song Children’s Theatre (九歌兒童劇團) and the English editor and translator for the Taipei Fringe Festival. In 2011, she founded her own theatre companies: Solo Taiwan Theatre (說了台灣劇團) and Little Friends Theatre (小朋友劇團). Katie strongly believes that as globalization becomes more and more dominant in our everyday lives, learning how to communicate with and understand different cultural perspectives becomes necessary to improving human life.   Performance art grows out of basic human cultural behaviors like dance, song and storytelling, and as such  is a hugely useful tool in cross-cultural communication.

About the performance

Katie will be sharing her relationship with performance art and how it intersects with everyday life.
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Rene Kamm

Bio:

Rene Kamm (aka Ren aka Antithesis) is an emcee, poet and producer. He represents one half of the rap duo Ren & Miles and is a founding member of the Legendary Chronic Crew, Coastal Connections Conglomerate and the Rhyme Crookz of Taipei. He has two EPs available for free download at renandmiles.bandcamp.com.

About the performance:

Freestyle: off-the-top, unrehearsed, improvised. Whatever you want to call it. I have no idea what words I’ll be kicking, but be sure that they will rhyme and it will engage. As Rakim said, “MC to me means Move the Crowd.”

 

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Tina Ma

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Bio:

Like most artists, in younger days Tina was a Taiwanese hippy, rebelling against anything that interfered with her free will. She loved playing the guitar and learned American music while participating in all the social movements when Taiwan was seeking its identity in the early 80s.

After 30 years, she knows that the voice and sound must come from her own ground and soil now. Having explored different art forms, she has finally chosen telling Taiwanese stories through songs from the ancient Chinese to current days, and to follow her bliss…

She likes to see herself as someone who uses this ancient musical instrument – moon guitar, to share shamanic spirits from nature and folklore of the mother earth. The instrument is two stringed, but says a lot in a simple ways, as most of life’s wisdom does.

长发披肩步轻盈,
身着彩衣特随性,
出行总会携月琴,
沉醉吟唱起共鸣,
最爱山林我独行,
花鸟鱼虫皆欢迎,
Tina 是她英文名,
中文名唤马丽英。

About the performance:

《彈琴》: 劉長卿
「泠泠七弦上,
靜聽松風寒,
古調雖自愛,
今人多不彈。」

Tang poetry / playing the Guqing: Liu Changqing;

“Emotionless the mood of ‘seven-strings’;
In tranquility, I savor the chilly tone of the ancient melody: ‘Wind through the pines.’;
I am one who loves the ancient tunes;
There are few now who can play them.”

Recently I encountered this ancient instrument, and it has become my love.  Although I can not really master the skills I try to learn from the
unknown notes kept from Tang Dynasty, nothing I have seen before.
Love to show you my vulnerability in my limited
control of this forgotten ancient self expression.

EMAIL: [email protected]

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Lai, Pei-Hsia

  • Ph. D Candidate, International Affair College, Jinan University, China
    Publisher, Amazing Magazine, Writer
    Author, 《回家,The Courage of Coming Home》
    Psychiatric Counselor / Corporate Trainer
    Musician / TV and Radio hostess / Artist / Photographer

In 1984, Pei-Hsia released her first personal album “Freeze My Love”.  Later, she was invited by the Christian Rehabilitation Fellowship to participate in the Rehabilitation Education Promotion Program. In this program, Pei-Hsia had the opportunities to visit many juvenile prisons, adult prisons for men and for women, and halfway homes, throughout Taiwan.

Everyone of these places Pei-Hsia went, had encountered one after another life story of love and tears, that had deeply shocked this young freshman who has just entered the real world.  These extra-ordinary life experiences not only opened Pei-Hsia’s perspective of soul, but also led her into a deeper thinking and expectation on the subject of life.

As she got older, her exploring and researching of human nature gets deeper and deeper, and her expectation of it is also getting grander. After all, everyone is longing for “being loved and understood”.  With the extra bit of patience, we will be able to help others, and to iron out all the pains and trauma in our life.

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Ayesha Mehta

Ayesha Mehta is a performer and creative collaborator. She is the co-founder of Red Room (Taiwan), a monthly event that brings together local communities to share their voices, and explore the art of listening. Ayesha has a deep connection with Taiwan where she grew up before moving to Australia and still considers Taipei her home.

  1. Ayesha is a professional vocalist who has performed jazz, contemporary, and experimental sound works in Australia and internationally. Since graduating with Bachelor Degree in Music and vocal performance from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Ayesha has been teaching voice and sharing her passion for music in Sydney, Melbourne, India and Taiwan.

About the performance:

Ayesha will be performing select songs from the Johnny Mercer songbook.

Connect with Ayesha at http://ayamamusic.com