In the hip-hop dance piece Unsolved, Fang Yun Lo links a very personal, autobiographical story with major current political issues: Where is one at home? What does home mean? Can we find a language for contradictory identities? And how does a young generation relate to the inherited conflicts that their parents' generation has been unable to solve?
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 what is so fascinating about this performance. Unsolved tells us a whole epic, as universal as it is political, in a hyper-personal way.
Unsolved is a performance piece by Fang Yun Lo, produced in cooperation with the Hamburg-based video artist Hanna Linn Ernst (Rimini Protokoll, among others), the Swiss musician Patrik Zosso, and the Taiwanese 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 their parents’ generation has not been able to solve?
Unsolved, performed by the actor Chih Wen Chung, a hip-hop dancer from Taiwan, revolves around the not always reliable memories of being a teenager in 1980s Taiwan. The main setting is an abandoned family home, an exact replica of which has been recreated on stage – a ghost house, a dusty projection screen for images of protection, love, youth, conflict, historical events, and unanswered questions.
In Unsolved, dance, film, music, and live camera footage create a dense artistic exploration of one's own identity in all its complexity and fragility, which allows for numerous, very personal approaches and points of discussion.
PerformersChih Wen "Wind" ChungAnna Westphal
DirectionFang Yun Lo
Music (live)Patrik Zosso
Technical lead, Lighting designMax Rux
Video assistanceAnna Westphal
Company management TW
ProductionPolymer DMTEssen, DE
Project fundingNational Culture and Arts Foundation Taiwan Taipei, TWArt Foundation NRWDüsseldorf, DE
ResidencyBamboo Curtain StudioNew Taipei City, TW
With special thanks toGoethe-Institut TaipehTaipei, TW
Available subtitlesGerman, English, Dutch, Mandarin Chinese; other languages on request.
Jul 11 2019 - Jul 13 2019
May 17 2019 - May 18 2019
Oct 19 2018 - Oct 21 2018Huashan 1914 Creative ParkTaipei, TW
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