Chou, Tung-Yen Emptied Memories
Theatre company/company produced for: Very Mainstream Studio
Inspired by Federico Garcia Lorca’s poem, “Nocturne of Emptied Space”, the scenographer started to explore the space and imagery, writing the theatre’s poems of memories by images, bodies, and technology.
Emptied Memories is an exploration into space and memory through theater and moving image that director/scenographer Chou, Tung-Yen has undertaken in recent years.
He creates a shifting and floating space by using “space” and “memory” as the core from which to start. The creation employs the technological integration of panoramic video, real-time image processing and sensors. Besides, as a remarkable milestone, 5 six-feet-tall Panels (wireless stage control system) are employed to develop the ever-changing stage spaces.
Emptied Memories put efforts not only on the exploration of techniques but also on narratives. During the show, the performer drives the external deformation of the material world, echoing the internal state, in order to present the organic flow of one’s mind landscape.
Interactive & New Media
Set designer: Ewing Chan
Costume designer: Chian, Jui-Ming
Lighting designer: Kao, Chih-Chien、Yang, Yi-Tzu
Sound designer: Wang, Yu-Jun
Digital video NA: Chen, Ping-Chen
Director/choreographer: Chou, Tung-Yen
Other creative collaborators: Technical Design(wagon): Chin-Yuan Eugene Yang Video Design: Sun, Ruey-Horng Art Design: Chen, Chia-Hui Panoramic Interaction Concept&Design : Whyixd Interactive Installation Design Company
At the beginning, the secnographer wants to create a space made of Images/projection. Then he discovered panoramic video, which were projected on the semi-transparent scrim with objects/furniture behind them. Illusion and reality were blended in these layers.
Emptied Memories_02_Wireless stage
The use of wireless camera controlled by the dancer. The panels shifts into different spaces and shapes with wireless control system.
Emptied Memories_03_Real rehearsal
These are video stills from the rehearsal footage which shows how the 3M-tall panel move and transform in time and space. We rehearse in a fully equipped theatre in order to work with the relation between light and shadow of the panels.
The self-moving panel creates a sense of dance since it forms the swing of light itself.
Emptied Memories_04_Panoramic dance
“The world is large, but in us it is deep as the sea” ──Rilke
The scenographer and the team spend almost 3 years experiencing an experimental journey about body and space. Traveling with a panoramic camera, they visit various urban spaces and captured the dancer’s traces, with the distorted arc-shape unique perspective.
Take us to depart from dreams, wander between the illusion and the reality, and finally reach the emptied yet fulfilled space of memory.