The Soup of Reincarnation
Breaking the traditional mold of glove puppet theatre for a magical and poetic performance
Winner of the “Best Group Annual Performance Award” at the 29th Golden Melody Awards for Traditional Arts and Music
Finalist of the 17th Annual Taishin Arts Award
Participant in Festival d'Avignon Off 2018
Reinterpreting the classic roles in glove puppet theatre from a female point of view, this performance revisits Wang Baochuan who foolishly waits 18 years for her husband’s return in Waiting 18 Years in a Cold Cave; Bai Suzhen who confronts the heavenly order to save Xu Xian’s true feelings in The Flooding of Jinshan Temple; and Pan Jinlian who, regardless of the morals of the time, pursues her true feelings, in Wu Song Fights the Tiger. The tears of these three women are transformed into a “soup” as a symbol of forgetting and rebirth, in a narration featuring “shocks to the soul” and a dissatisfaction with one’s fate.
Using a traditional performance framework, the classic speech and hand articulations of glove puppet theatre and music from the Beiguan tradition are accompanied by a movable stage, cloth backdrops, and the use of light and shadow. This performance works to break open the public’s stereotypes regarding glove puppet theatre. In doing so, it hopes to develop a new traditional art form through this reinvention of glove puppet theatre.
There were 1538 performances at the Festival d'Avignon Off 2018. The Soup of Reincarnation was one of the few singled out by the media for its excellent introduction to Taiwanese traditional theatre.
製作團隊 Production Team
Jin Kwei Lo Puppetry Company is one of the few Taiwanese theatres with 3 generations. The founder Chiang Szu-mei is one of the first generations of female traditional palmar drama puppeteers, now still working in the field of puppet theatre in the age of 88. Her son Ko Chia-tsai is also an important figure in Taiwanese palmar drama theatre. He learnt palmar drama since childhood, and had worked as a palmar drama artist for over 50 years. The third generation Ko Shih- Hung and Ko Shih-Hua took up the art of palmar drama and participated in local and international art festivals while researching on world puppetry. They mean to pass on the delicate art of Taiwanese palmer drama and at the same time learn western puppetry, hoping to discover new possibilities of palmar drama in the clash of traditional and modern puppetry. In Recent years, their experiment on cross-field, cross-media performance had been well received and praised by the audience. The three generations are highly respected in traditional puppet art community in Taiwan for their effort to preserve and transform the art.
Drama Artist Consultant｜ Chiang Szu-mei
Drama Consultant｜Ko Chia-Tsai
Director｜ Cheng Chia-Yin
Playwright｜ Ching Fu-Chin、Ko Shih-Hing
Lighting Design｜Helmi Fita
Sound Design｜ Chiang Ching-Hsing
Production Carpenter｜ Cheng Sheng-Wen
Puppet Design｜ Liang Meng-Han、Ko Shih-Hung、Ko Shih-Hua
Marketing Materials Design｜ Ou Chia-Jui
Performer｜ Ko Shih-Hung、Ko Shih-Hua、Liu Yu-Jane
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