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Photo: Danilo Moroni / Design: Rebecca Pitt

British Council Urban Futures Program

 

British Council has launched the arts program “Urban Futures” since early 2018 across North-East Asia, including Taiwan, Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong and China.  “Urban Futures” program aims to foster greater inclusion and innovation in cities through the arts.  In Taiwan, we support cross-art institutions and practitioners to explore how art can make our cities more open, dynamic, inclusive and fit for the future.  Our program themes focus on "Art & Social Activism", "Art, Science & Digital Innovation", "Art & Disability" and "Art & Ageing".

In April 2019, as part of the “Art & Inclusion” programme, British Council in Taiwan collaborates with National Taichung Theater (NTT) and Kaohsiung Spring Arts Festival to showcase "The Nature of Forgetting" produced by the London-based international ensemble Theatre Re. "The Nature of Forgetting" was part of British Council Edinburgh Showcase 2017 and a sell-out run at the 2017 London International Mime Festival, Theatre Re presents a powerful, explosive and joyous piece, combining physical theatre with a live musical score, about what is left when memory is gone. 

Presented in association with Glynis Henderson Productions.

 

 

Programme Details:

2019 KSAF (Kaohsiung Spring Arts Festival)

  • Dates: Saturday, 20 April; 19:30 / Sunday, 21 April; 14:30
  • Location:Kaohsiung Dadong Arts Center, Performance Hall (No.161, Guang Yuan Rd.,FengShan District , Kaohsiung City 830)
  • Please download the programme (in PDF) here 
  • Click here to purchase the tickets

 2019 KSAF, Kaohsiung: The Natural of Forgetting Workshop

  • Workshop instructor: Guillaume Pigé, director and founder, Theatre Re
  • Date: Sunday, 21 April; 9:30-11:30
  • Location: Kaohsiung Dadong Arts Center, Dance rehearsal studio
  • Fee: NTD 500
  • Please click here to register (the site is in Chinese). Seats are limited. The confirmation letter will be sent through email with detailed instructions and payment method.

 

2019 NTT-TIFA, Taichung

  • Dates: Saturday, 27 April; 14:30 and 19:30 / Sunday, 28 April; 14:30 
  • Location: Playhouse, National Performing Arts Center, National Taichung Theater (No. 101, Sec. 2, Huilai Rd.,Xitun District, Taichung City 40756)
  • Tickets are on sale now. Please click here to purchase tickets (the site is in Chinese)
  • Visit the event hompage for more information

 

2019 NTT-TIFA, Taichung: "The Nature of Forgetting" Workshop

  • Workshop instructor: Guillaume Pigé, director and founder, Theatre Re
  • Date: Wednesday, 24 April; 14:00-16:00
  • Location: Rehearsal Room 1, National Taichung Theater
  • Please click here to register (the site is in Chinese). Seats are limited. The confirmation letter will be sent through email with detailed instructions. Please present your Accupass e-ticket to enter.  

 

2019 NTT-TIFA, Taichung: "The Nature of Forgetting" Talk

Guillaume Pigé, Director of "The Nature of Forgetting" will be talking with Alex Judd, composer for the production and Dr. Yu-Ling Chang, Associate Professor of Psychology, National Taiwan University on the various topics including demetia and on their inspirations of the play.

  • Panlists: Guillaume Pigé, Alex Judd and Dr. Yu-Ling Chang
  • Moderator: Ling-Chih Chou, Artist
  • Date: Wednesday, 24 April; 19:30-21:00
  • Location: Corner Salon, National Taichung Theater
  • Please click here to register. The confirmation letter will be sent through email with detailed instructions. Please present your Accupass e-ticket to enter.

"The Nature of Forgetting" Introduction

Following a sell-out run at the 2017 London International Mime Festival, Latitude and the Edinburgh Fringe, Theatre Re presents a powerful, explosive and joyous piece about what is left when memory is gone.

Tom is 55, today. As he dresses for his party, tangled threads of disappearing memories spark him into life, unravelling as a tale of friendship, love and guilt.

Established in 2009, Theatre Re is a London-based international ensemble creating thought-provoking, tangible and poignant work that examines fragile human conditions and spans the boundaries of mime and theatre.

Creative and Production Team

Guillaume Pigé, Conceiver and Director

Guillaume Pigé is an actor, director, mime and magician, as well as the founder of Theatre Re. He  trained at the Conservatory of Villeurbanne (FR) and the International School of Corporeal Mime in London. Pigé earned an MA in Text and Performance Studies from King’s College and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), where he is an associate teacher.

In addition to having directed and performed in all Theatre Re productions to date, Pigé has worked as a movement director with Andrew Visnevski, Sue Dunderdale and Bill Gaskill. He is regularly invited to give workshops in the UK and internationally. He was recently commissioned by The National Theatre (UK) to produce a new literal translation of Tartuffe by Molière. Pigé is an @HOME Artist at The Point, Eastleigh (UK).

Theatre Re

Established in 2009, Theatre Re is an award-winning international ensemble based in London. The name of the company comes from the prefix ‘re’. It is the ‘re’ of re-discovering and re-imagining, breathing new life into what already exists. Its shows examine fragile human conditions in a compelling, physical style embracing mime, theatre and live music, and are often described as magical, poetic and tender as well as disturbing and haunting. Intimate collaborations with experts in different fields – such as science, philosophy and public health - and various community groups throughout the devising process play a crucial part in the development of the work. Previous productions have toured widely in the UK but also in France, Brazil, Peru, Ireland, Switzerland, Germany, China, South Korea and the US.

 

GHP

GHP represents a variety of theatre, comedy and music productions and has become one of the UK’s leading international production companies specialising in introducing unique and exciting new work to international audiences worldwide and bringing international work to the UK.

Glynis formed Glynis Henderson Productions in 1990 and the company has now produced, toured and general managed over 50 productions around the world. GHP’s work has been nominated for and won a number of awards including an Olivier Award for STOMP and a nomination for Ennio Marchetto.

STOMP continues to tour worldwide having visited 56 countries to date and remains one of the most successful UK touring exports. In 2017, GHP presented A Clockwork Orange in New York after a return sell-out season in London.

GHP continues to find new productions and develop new relationships with companies around the world. The company now represents a total of 16 productions available for international touring and works with partners around the world in territories including Europe, China, India, Australia and many more.

 

Conceived & Directed by Guillaume Pigé

Devised by Theatre Re

General Manager - Glynis Henderson Productions

Isabella / Sophie - Louise Wilcox

Emma / Mrs Denis - Eygló Belafonte

Mike - Matthew Austin

Tom - Guillaume Pigé

Multi-instrumentalist / Teacher - Alex Judd

Percussionist / Schoolboy - Chris Jones 

Composer - Alex Judd

Lighting Designer - Katherine Graham

Relighter, Production and Stage Manager - Josephine Tremelling

Costume & Prop Designer - Malik Ibheis

Set & Props maker - Tim Highman, Andres Velasquez

Dramaturg - A.C. Smith

Scientific Collaborator - Professor Kate Jeffery

External Curator - Andrew Visnevski

Photographer - Danilo Moroni

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