Better Life? is a documentary theater piece based on the same research as Home Away From Home. On a two-year interview journey, Fang Yun Lo and the artists Ngô Thanh Phương and Cheng-Ting Chen interviewed over one hundred people from the Vietnamese community in Germany and Taiwan.
The conversations they had about concepts such as home, identity, and family developed into touching miniatures that the audience can experience on a tour of the stage. In contrast to Home Away From Home, Better Life? is performed exclusively by four Vietnamese immigrants living in Taiwan.
Better Life? was commissioned for the Iron Rose Festival in Taoyuan, Taiwan. In 2021, Better Life? was shortlisted from among several hundred proposals for Taiwan’s renowned Taishin Arts Award, the most highly endowed art prize in Taiwan.
Better Life? has done a great job of showing the individuality of the four performers, giving them space to freely share memories and using a clear design to bring the four stories together into one narrative, a complete work that resonates. A good theater piece can both touch reality and open the hearts of the audience. Better Life? is such a piece.
DirectionFang Yun Lo
PerformersPhạm My HạnhTeng Kuei ShuangNguyen Ngoc AnhNguyen Hong Dung
Artistic collaborationNgo Thanh Phuong
Stage design, Technical lead, Lighting design
Stage managerChiao Yu Chen
Video technicianHung Hsien Yu
Sound technicianWei Chi Chen
Technical implementationWan Yu LoZhi Yun Yu
MarketingBunny HuYa Chun Chang
Graphic designYa Zhen Xiao
Nov 6 2021 - Nov 7 2021National Tainan Living Arts CenterTainan, TW
Aug 16 2020
Aug 15 2020