The 8th Taipei Fringe Festival has changed the whole of Taipei City into a performance stage. Already in progress since August 23, the festival will continue to September 13, 2015.
The all-encompassing event welcomes all forms of creative expression through performance and will once again break its former record with 154 groups presenting 600 shows. Artists from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Japan, and Germany will fill Taipei with additional creativity for the last three weeks summer.
As with previous years, theater will make up the most of the festival with nearly 90 plays covering a variety of topics. Interestingly enough, quite a few teams chose “cyberwarfare units” as the theme to express their observation about society, since nowadays internet and smart phones are almost indispensable to everyday living. At the one-man show, “Son of the Chaos” by Hsimsungsung Studio, the audience is invited to join the virtual actor’s facebook as friends and they can observe and peer into other’s lives without any need for elaboration from the performer. The play “Pwen” by 20×20 Studio deals with viewing and being-viewed on the internet from the viewpoint of a girl who loves to share her secrets online, indicating that we may all become contributors to cyberbullying, yet not aware of the fact.
Besides theater, there are over 30 dance groups to choose from. NaughtyX, the 2014 Thumbs Up/Genuinely Fringe Award winner, will present a brand new experience combining animations and hip-hop dance called “The Moment”. Worry about not understanding what dance performances are about? You will definitely understand the motion picture style piece “In a glass of wine” by Ten Points Dance Company. In addition, there are two marvelous Dance Cultivated Programs, the project “Play, Dance, Theatre” by the Double Theatre interprets four European contemporary plays into dance with their own way and form, while Posuo Dance Company, a local group formed by people who love dancing and hail from Hualien, learn from nature and convey their feelings for Eastern Taiwan through their creation of three shows.
For more information, please visit the website at www.taipeifringe.org.