photos: Chan Chen-chu
Performance for a young audience (from 5 years on)
Duration: 55 minutes
Performer / Creation: Verena Brakonier, Salim Ben Mammar, Chih Wen Chung, Fang Yun Lo
Stage Director: Fang Yun Lo, Hannah Georgi
Set Designer: Doris Dziersk
Sound Designer: Katharina Pelosi
Light Designer / Technical Management: Max Rux
Stage Manager: Cheng Ting Chen
Dramaturgy: André Schallenberg
Production Manager: Sabina Stücker
Project Administration TW: Ya Ting Tsai
"LUCEO is my first piece for a young audience. It interested me and us as a team to create an entertaining, multi-coloured piece, which is oriented towards children's ability to associate and fantasy, without being instructive, and instead works through imagination and the magic of theatre. Therefore, this play does not tell a concise story, but rather creates a journey through different "landscapes", in which each viewer, regardless of age, can discover different narratives.
For this aim I teamed up with a very experienced and diverse team of artists: with co-director Hannah Georgi, director of many award-winning radio plays, stage designer Doris Dziersk, who has worked in numerous Meg Stuart productions (among others), sound designer Katharina Pelosi, who works with artist group Swoosh Lieu, as well as a team of performers from contemporary dance, hiphop and urban dance.
Together we attached great importance to sensual perception in this production: with specially recorded sounds from the city and nature (which are partially recreated at each guest performance location), with abstract stage objects that enable surprising appearances and changing sceneries, with "magical" light effects and a choreography that is oriented towards both Western dance theatre and slapstick traditions as well as Eastern object theatre forms.
For me, this piece also builds a bridge between Germany or Europe and Taiwan or East Asia. It was a very joyful experience for us to see that the reactions of the children and families in the audience were almost identical in both countries, that basic things like laughter, curiosity, world experience and the magic of theatre function very similarly in such different cultures. For me, this is the core of my work with Polymer DMT: to discover and use cultural similarities and peculiarities, and to create special artistic moments out of them. I understand this also as a very political work, both for my "adult" pieces, and - especially - for children." Fang Yun Lo
July 7, 2017, Taipeh Children Arts Festival TCAF, Wellspring Theater, Taipeh (TW)
Dec. 18, 2017, PACT Zollverein, Essen (DE)
Polymer DMT / Fang Yun Lo
Taipei Children's Art Festival TCAF (TW), PACT Zollverein Essen* (DE)
Ministry for Families, Children, Youth, Culture and Sport of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (DE)**, Cultural Department of the Taipei Representative Office in the Federal Republic of Germany, Berlin (TW), Kunststiftung NRW (DE), Fonds Darstellende Künste (DE), City of Essen / Kulturbüro (DE)
* in the frame of [DNA] Departures and Arrivals with funding from the Creative Europe Program of the European Union
** in the frame of IKF Individuelle Künstlerförderung, distributed by ecce - european center for creatice economy