Four creative and varied shows arrive at Summerhall and Dance Base this Fringe
In 2018 the Taiwan Season returns to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for a fifth consecutive year with some of the best live performances being made on the island today. Drawn from an open call to practitioners of all art forms in Taiwan, this season of uniquely entertaining dance and theatre is curated by the key Fringe venues Dance Base and Summerhall.
‘Once again we are honoured to introduce to an international audience four inspiring Taiwanese companies whose richly varied works highlight the achievements of Taiwan’s lively performing arts community.’ Says the Minister of Culture, Taiwan. ‘This year we are also pleased to carry on a rewarding collaboration with our two prestigious venue partners, Dance Base and Summerhall. These four innovative productions embrace the best of Taiwanese contemporary dance and theatre, while demonstrating the creative zeal and wide-ranging concerns of a new and culturally diverse generation of artists.’
Taiwan Season 2018 invites audiences to experience a range of ideas, emotions and flavours in a hand-picked sampling of some the most stimulating contemporary performances from Taiwan. Whether the tone is playful or dramatic, and based in bubbly fantasy or stark reality, these four shows embrace a gamut of creative impulses, varied settings and complex themes.
Once Upon a Daydream
Sun Son Theatre
In Once Upon a Daydream, a bouncy, colourful but lonely single female invites you into a light-hearted world of live action and hand-crafted animation. Originally created for Sun Son Theatre by a visual artist and actor, this disarming show is a 21st-century urban fairytale where the line between real life and fantasy is sweetly blurred and dreams can come true.
Once Upon a Daydream, Summerhall, 3–26 Aug (not 6, 13, 20), 2.40pm, £8 (£6). Previews 1 & 2 Aug, £5. Suitable for ages 5+.
The Delusion of Home
The Delusion of Home is a strong, bitingly witty and original documentary-style depiction of everyday life refracted through one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies. Oyster farming and Taoist funeral rites are as much of a touchstone as King Lear in Our Theatre’s character-driven study of displacement, poverty, homelessness and the search for meaning and renewal. Live performance and projected photographs of the declining villages of Taiwan’s southern coastline are skilfully integrated to illuminate sometimes harsh human truths.
The Delusion of Home, Summerhall, 3–26 Aug (not 6, 13, 20), 3.55pm, £12 (£10). Previews 1 & 2 Aug, £5. Suitable for ages 12+.
Taiwan Season 2018 is produced and managed collaboratively by Tai He Arts Production Co., Ltd., Taiwan and Step Out Arts, UK and funded by the Ministry of Culture, Taiwan.