‘One is brought into this world without giving consent and then forced to depart against one’s will.’ Life comes and goes like a speck of dust and what lies far ahead in every journey are traces left behind by previous travelers. One pauses in search for a sense of home in a strange place. In a society filled with bias and discrimination, travellers upon arrival are overwhelmed by feelings of isolation. The dark side of human nature is exposed under the sun while a back-lit illumination feebly devours our lives.
Based on the theme of travel, Stranger is a production by Lai Creative Dance Theatre created between 2018 to 2019. Taking up residency in Tainan for the past two years, the company has been nurturing local talents and delving deep into creative endeavors. In Tainan, theatre director LAI Tsui-shuang faces inevitable homesickness living away from home. Perceiving herself as an outsider drifting in a foreign land, she seeks to convey a state of speechlessness caused by her relationship with certain cultural, ethnic and ideological point of views. Stranger is an inner search of someone who does not feel settled nor finds a sense of belonging.
賴翠霜舞創劇場 Lais Creative Dance Theatre
Founded by LAI Tsui-shuang, a Taiwanese choreographer based in Germany, the Lais Creative Dance Theatre is dedicated to exploring the possibilities in arts and promoting dance in society. In 2011, it won the Taishin Performing Arts Award. Since its establishment, the company has recruited professionals in various fields and made a new production every year. In addition, it hosts other dance companies and art groups from Taiwan and abroad to promote dance as a performing art. Often touching upon social issues, the company works with multiple art forms and aims to engage with the public using body language from everyday life.