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“Gulliver's Dream” Taipei Children’s Arts Festival│2018 Summer Life Week

“Gulliver's Dream” Taipei Children’s Arts Festival│2018 Summer Life Week
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    • 2018/07/20 11:00 ~ 2018/07/22 20:30
    • Address:台北市士林區751 Wen-lin Road, Shilin District 11159, Taipei City
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    Gulliver's Dream -1 (Children's Edition)
    2018/04/22 00:00 ~ 2018/04/22 00:00
    Experimental Theatre, Taiwan Traditional Theatre Centre
    Gulliver's Dream -2 (Children's Edition)
    2018/04/22 00:00 ~ 2018/04/22 00:00
    Experimental Theatre, Taiwan Traditional Theatre Centre
    Gulliver's Dream -3 (Special Edition)
    2018/04/22 00:00 ~ 2018/04/22 00:00
    Experimental Theatre, Taiwan Traditional Theatre Centre
    Gulliver's Dream -4 (Children's Edition)
    2018/04/22 00:00 ~ 2018/04/22 00:00
    Experimental Theatre, Taiwan Traditional Theatre Centre
    Gulliver's Dream -5 (Children's Edition)
    2018/04/22 00:00 ~ 2018/04/22 00:00
    Experimental Theatre, Taiwan Traditional Theatre Centre
    Gulliver's Dream -6 (Children's Edition)
    2018/04/22 00:00 ~ 2018/04/22 00:00
    Experimental Theatre, Taiwan Traditional Theatre Centre
    Gulliver's Dream -7 (Children's Edition)
    2018/04/22 00:00 ~ 2018/04/22 00:00
    Experimental Theatre, Taiwan Traditional Theatre Centre
    Gulliver's Dream -8 (Special Edition)
    2018/04/22 00:00 ~ 2018/04/22 00:00
    Experimental Theatre, Taiwan Traditional Theatre Centre
Gulliver’s dream is conceived as a mechanical opera for automated marionettes. The whole stage scene is set on a trailer (images at foot page). The music, original composition of Elena Kats ......

 

Time, Date, and Venue

  • Children's EditionRecommended for ages 6 and above.
  • 2018/07/20 fri. 11:00-11:45
  • 2018/07/20 fri. 14:30-15:15
  • 2018/07/21 sat. 14:30-15:15
  • 2018/07/21 sat. 19:30-20:15
  • 2018/07/22 sun. 11:00-11:45
  • 2018/07/22 sun. 14:30-15:15
  • Lengthabout 45 minutes (no intermission)
  • Ticket PriceNT$ 400
  • NoteThe shows will be performed in German, with Chinese subtitles.

 

  • Special EditionRecommended for ages 15 and above. The show contains partial nudity. Viewer discretion is advised.
  • 2018/07/20 fri. 19:30-20:30
  • 2018/07/22 sun. 19:30-20:30
  • Lengthabout 60 minutes (no intermission)
  • Ticket PriceNT$ 400
  • NoteThe shows will be performed in German, with Chinese subtitles.

 

About the Performance

Gulliver’s dream is conceived as a mechanical opera for automated marionettes. The whole stage scene is set on a trailer (images at foot page). The music, original composition of Elena Kats Chernin, has been previously recorded by 9 lyric singers and 10 robotized instruments conceived by Roland Olbeter. All the special elements of the show, marionettes, video, lights, sound and special effects are handled from the show control, a “brain” that centralizes the movement of the marionettes with servomotors and pneumatic pistons. The result is an optimal synchronization and performance of the show.

 

Synopsis

Gulliver is a scientist who has dedicated his life to investigate the mysteries of the universe. On the verge of death, while life slips away from him, he falls in a last dream and, getting ahead of science and technology, he gets on a spaceship to initiate a trip beyond the borders of our Solar System. Through this experience, Gulliver gets on a path to find answers to the questions that he has asked himself throughout his life. It is an opera in four acts, and each one represents the four stages of Gulliver’s trip.

The first stage takes place in the planet of the Liliputens and is a reflection on submission, power and alien ideas. The second one takes Gulliver to the planet of the senses, a society that is only moved by sensuality and pleasure. In this planet Glumdalklitsch reigns, a being who appears to Gulliver as a gorgeous and gigantic woman.

Third, in the moon of the immortals, Gulliver faces the possibility of living

forever, to defeat death. The last stage takes Gulliver to the center of the Universe, a place inhabited by crows, which symbolize life and death and where everything and everybody’s destiny is controlled. The meaning of this satire is the search of a reason for living. The idea has been taken as central axis of our particular reading from Jonathan Swift’s work, Gulliver’s Travels.

The children’s version does not include the 2nd Acts

 

Group Members

  • Idea and direction/ Roland Olbeter
  • Musical composition/ Elena Kats-Chernin
  • Video/ Esterina Zarrillo
  • Marionettes sculptor/ Nico Nubiola
  • Musical direction/ Carlos Fesser
  • Sound concept/ Urbez Capablo
  • Technical preparation and manipulation of puppets/ Kike Blanco
  • Lights design/ Cube.Bz
  • Costumes/ Joana Poulastrou/studi Chu Uroz
  • Text collaborators/ Silke Dörner, Christoph Goldmann, Christiane Mannini, Albert Mauri
  • Technology partner/ FESTO

 

Starring

Idea, direction and libretto

ROLAND OLBETER (Hannover, Germany)

He lives and works in Barcelona since 1986. He is a violinist and naval engineer. Since 1999, he has created sets for operas on an international level. His work is technically sophisticated and uncommon from the visual and artistic point of view in the world of opera.

Another important line of his work is the development of instruments, programmable machines and algorithmic composition, creating mobile and sound installations. In 2005, he developed and directed Orlando Furioso, a chamber opera for five robotic instruments and a soprano.

 

Composer

ELENA KATS-CHERNIN (Tashkent, Uzbekistan)

Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, he has been living in Sydney since 1975. He has composed operas, concerts, music for dance shows and silent movie music. He has won numerous music composition awards in Australia, and his pieces are regularly broadcast on ABC Classic FM radio. Kats-Chernin is a composer represented by the Australian Center of Music.

 

Organizer: Taipei City Government

Implementer: Taipei City Department of Cultural Affairs, Taipei Culture Foundation, Taipei Performing Arts Center

Co-organizer: National Center for Traditional Arts

Advisor: Ministry of Culture

* Please visit the official website for all the latest updates.

* The organizers reserve the right to make changes to the event program.

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