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Taiwan Season 2018: Showcasing the best of Taiwanese contemporary dance and theatre

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Taiwan Season 2018: Showcasing the best of Taiwanese contemporary dance and theatre

Four creative and varied shows arrive at Summerhall and Dance Base this Fringe

In 2018 the Taiwan Season returns to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for a fifth consecutive year with some of the best live performances being made on the island today. Drawn from an open call to practitioners of all art forms in Taiwan, this season of uniquely entertaining dance and theatre is curated by the key Fringe venues Dance Base and Summerhall.

'Once again we are honoured to introduce to an international audience four inspiring Taiwanese companies whose richly varied works highlight the achievements of Taiwan's lively performing arts community.' Says the Minister of Culture, Taiwan. 'This year we are also pleased to carry on a rewarding collaboration with our two prestigious venue partners, Dance Base and Summerhall. These four innovative productions embrace the best of Taiwanese contemporary dance and theatre, while demonstrating the creative zeal and wide-ranging concerns of a new and culturally diverse generation of artists.'

Taiwan Season 2018 invites audiences to experience a range of ideas, emotions and flavours in a hand-picked sampling of some the most stimulating contemporary performances from Taiwan. Whether the tone is playful or dramatic, and based in bubbly fantasy or stark reality, these four shows embrace a gamut of creative impulses, varied settings and complex themes.

Bon 4 Bon
Chang Dance Theatre and Eyal Dadon
Collaborating with the prize-winning Israeli choreographer Eyal Dadon, the four real-life brothers of Chang Dance Theatre take to the stage in a smart, fresh and engaging story of memories and mangoes. Bon 4 Bon is the first work in which the siblings perform together, using material that expresses their individual experiences of being related. The result? A touching and humorous look at the slippery rhythms and habitual behaviours of family.
Bon 4 Bon, Dance Base, 7–26 Aug (not 13, 20), 5pm, £13 (£11). Previews 3–5 Aug, £11 (£9). Suitable for ages 8+.

Taiwan Season 2018: Showcasing the best of Taiwanese contemporary dance and theatre

Varhung – Heart to Heart
Tjimur Dance Theatre
Taiwan's premier indigenous dance-theatre company presents an artfully patterned, open-hearted performance in which private feelings are always on the verge of being made public. Both physically and emotionally charged, Tjimur Dance Theatre's evocative work embraces a bounty of intoxicating sensations. By doing so, they bring ancient Paiwan cultural traditions appealingly up to date. Every human heart holds profound secrets – an awareness that lends the impulses behind Varhung – Heart to Heart a distinctly universal resonance.
Varhung – Heart to Heart, Dance Base, 7–26 Aug (not 13, 20), 6.15pm, £13 (£11). Previews 3–5 Aug, £11 (£9). Suitable for ages 8+.

Taiwan Season 2018: Showcasing the best of Taiwanese contemporary dance and theatre

Once Upon a Daydream
Sun Son Theatre
In Once Upon a Daydream, a bouncy, colourful but lonely single female invites you into a light-hearted world of live action and hand-crafted animation. Originally created for Sun Son Theatre by a visual artist and actor, this disarming show is a 21st-century urban fairytale where the line between real life and fantasy is sweetly blurred and dreams can come true.
Once Upon a Daydream, Summerhall, 3–26 Aug (not 6, 13, 20), 2.40pm, £8 (£6). Previews 1 & 2 Aug, £5. Suitable for ages 5+.

Taiwan Season 2018: Showcasing the best of Taiwanese contemporary dance and theatre

The Delusion of Home
Our Theatre
The Delusion of Home is a strong, bitingly witty and original documentary-style depiction of everyday life refracted through one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies. Oyster farming and Taoist funeral rites are as much of a touchstone as King Lear in Our Theatre's character-driven study of displacement, poverty, homelessness and the search for meaning and renewal. Live performance and projected photographs of the declining villages of Taiwan's southern coastline are skilfully integrated to illuminate sometimes harsh human truths.
The Delusion of Home, Summerhall, 3–26 Aug (not 6, 13, 20), 3.55pm, £12 (£10). Previews 1 & 2 Aug, £5. Suitable for ages 12+.

Taiwan Season 2018 is produced and managed collaboratively by Tai He Arts Production Co., Ltd., Taiwan and Step Out Arts, UK and funded by the Ministry of Culture, Taiwan.

Taiwan Season: Bon 4 Bon

  • 4 stars

Chang Dance Theatre Guided by Israeli choreographer Eyal Dadon, four real-life brothers take to the stage in a moving story of memories and mangos. The result is a smart serving of fresh, engaging dance by a young Taiwanese company ready to take on the world. Founded in 2011, Chang produces only one work per year. Bon…

Taiwan Season: The Delusion of Home

  • 3 stars

Our Theatre From the Chiayi area of southern Taiwan comes this strong and original documentary-style depiction of local contemporary life refracted through one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies. Oyster farming and Taoist funeral rites are as much of a touchstone as King Lear in Our Theatre's character-driven study of…

Taiwan Season: Varhung – Heart to Heart

Tjimur Dance Theatre Taiwan’s premier indigenous dance-theatre company presents a richly patterned, open-hearted performance in which private feelings are on the verge of being made public. Both physically and emotionally charged, Tjimur’s work embraces a bounty of intoxicating, artfully expressed sensations. Working…

Taiwan Season: Once Upon a Daydream

Sun Son Theatre Bouncy, colourful, single female, employed but bored and lonely, seeks love and laughter. Sun Son Theatre welcomes you to a light-hearted world of live action and handcrafted animation, where the line between real life and fantasy is sweetly blurred and dreams can come true. Originally created by visual…

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