photo: Fang Yun Lo
"The piece Unsolved by Taiwanese choreographer Fang Yun Lo is a jewel. [...] In her autobiographical story she subtly mixes visual images with movement, sound and storytelling. History flows together in a clear, moving and personal document. [...] Movement, image, light, sound: each element takes its place in the installative labyrinth. The sheer effect does not dominate anywhere, and that is so fascinating about this performance. Unsolved tells us a whole epic, as universal as it is political, in a hyper-personal way."
Moos van den Broek, theaterkrant.nl,
May 19, 2019
(Link to the Dutch original)
Dance / Theatre, 60'
UNSOLVED is a performance piece by Fang Yun Lo in cooperation with the Hamburg based video artist Hanna Linn Ernst (Rimini Protokoll, among others), the Swiss musician Patrik Zosso, and the Taiwanese-German stage designer Cheng Ting Chen.
In UNSOLVED, Fang Yun Lo combines a partially autobiographical investigation of her own family history in Taiwan with current political questions: what is “Heimat”, what is a home, what language do we find for contradictory identities between different worlds, and what does a young generation think about the inherited conflicts that the parent generation has not been able to solve?
UNSOLVED with the actor Chih Wen Chung, a hip hop dancer from Taiwan, circles around the not always reliable memories that arose from a youth in the 1980s in Taiwan. The central setting is an abandoned family house that is present on stage as an exact replica model - a ghost house, a dusty projection screen for images of protection, love, youth, conflicts, historical events and unanswered questions.
In UNSOLVED, dance, film, music and live camera form a dense artistic exploration of one's own identity in all its complexity and fragility, which allows numerous, very personal approaches and points of discussion.
"Unsolved" is the first part of a three-part series dealing with the concepts of identity, home, heritage and tradition, both as an individual, personal experience and as a political category.
Creation: Polymer DMT
Performer / Dancer: Chih Wen Chung, Cheng Ting Chen, Anna Westphal
Director: Fang Yun Lo
Stage design: Cheng Ting Chen
Video: Hanna Linn Ernst
Sound / Music: Patrik Zosso
Lighting design / Technology: Max Rux
Video assistant: Anna Westphal
Dramaturgy: André Schallenberg
Production Management: Sabina Stücker
Administration TW: Ya Ting Tsai
September 28/29, 2018, PACT Zollverein, Essen (DE)
October 19/20/21, 2018, Umay Theater / Huashan 1914 Creative Park, Taipeh (TW)
A production of Polymer DMT / Fang Yun Lo, in co-production with PACT Zollverein Essen* and the Taipei Arts Festival TAF 2018. Supported by the Ministry of Culture and Science of th German State of North Rhine-Westphalia (DE), the National Cultural and Art Foundation Taiwan (TW), the Kunststiftung NRW (DE) and the City of Essen / Kulturbüro (DE). Supported by the NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ (NPN) Coproduction Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (DE). The research was supported by Bamboo Curtain Studio New Taipei City (TW). The Taiwan premiere is funded and made possible by the Goethe-Institut Taipei.
*in the framework of [DNA] Departures and Arrivals, funded by the European Commission's Creative Programme