R3-The Life and Death - Taiwan International Festival of Arts 2015

2015-04-10 19:30 - 2015-04-12 17:20

R3-The Life and Death - Taiwan International Festival of Arts 2015

When: 10 Apr 2015 Fri 19:30, 11 Apr 2015 Sat 14:30/19:30, 12 Apr 2015 Sun 14:30
Where: National Theater Concert Hall - National Theater

R3-The Life and Death

2015 TIFA台湾国际艺术节《理查三世》开放试装台

History is but a crime fiction, Whereas truth, daughter of time.

"But say, my lord, it were not register'd, Methinks the truth should live from age to age, As 'twere retail'd to all posterity, Even to the general all-ending day." - Richard III

In 2012, a skeleton suspected to be the remains of King Richard III was found underneath a parking lot near a church in the Leicester city center. Later, it was confirmed by DNA tests that the skeletal remains were those of King Richard III, for centuries the most reviled of English monarchs. Through the description by Shakespeare, this deformed cripple has become the most infamous monarch in the English history and has even been described as a monster in fairytales, the destroyer of innocence, and the synonym of evil. However, historians and literary writers have been trying to rehabilitate the medieval king and to promote a more balanced view of Richard III.

If history is a crime fiction, how could it be molded and reshaped? Director Wang Chia-ming, twice Taishin Arts Award winner, tries his hands on Shakespeare's works for the third time after Titus Andronicus and Romeo & Juliet, and challenges Shakespeare's history play, Richard III. By real-time recordings, onsite sound-dabbing, and putting men along with puppets on the same stage, Wang Chia-ming aims to echo the contemporary politics in Taiwan with the history 400 years ago, exploring such questions as "What is history?" and "What is truth?"


Wang Chia-ming
artistic and general director of Shakespeare's Wild Sisters Group, has been working on experimental theatre for years and has always kept his creative works a fusion of tradition and innovation, a daring integration of popularity and avant-garde. He is also absorbed in probing the possibilities of new expressions on languages, performance and audio/voice in theatre through cooperation with artists from cross genres. With the experiment of the empty space and the use of voice, he forces performers to explore, to embrace and to deliberate on the possibilities of theater, thereby creating a unique style in the contemporary Taiwanese theater.


Creative Team
Playwright: William Shakespeare
Director: Wang Chia-ming
Producer: Yukio Nitta
Cast: Fa, Wang Shih-chun, Daniel Wang, Chu An-ru, Chu Chia-i, Tom Chou, Zoe Zhou, Tsuei Tai-hao, Winnie Chang, May Mei, Peng Hao-chin, Huang Kai-lin, Chao Yi-lan, Tsai Hsuan-yen, Cheng Yin-chen, Hsieh Ying-hsuan
Costume Designer: Chin Ping-ping
Lighting Designer: Tsao An-huei
Music Designer: Blaire Ko
Production: Shakespeare's Wild Sisters Group


Tips: Approx. 170 minutes with an intermission. Pre-talk: 11 Apr 2015 (Sat) Matinee, 30 minutes before performance at the Lobby of National Theater. The age guidance for this production is 12+. The performance contains adult subject matter, nudity, smoke and bloody scenes. Viewer discretion is advised. Recording Date: 12 Apr 2015 (Sun).


Price: NT$ 500/800/1200/1600/2000/2500
Tel: 886-2-33939888
Add: 21-1 Chung-Shan S. Road, Taipei, Taiwan
Official Website: Shakespeare's Wild Sisters Group


*Information provided by National Theater Concert Hall

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