2018 Tainan Arts Festival / Tainan Cultural Center / May 24-27, 2018
We have all seen the images of Neil Armstrong’s historic first step onto the surface of the moon on July 21, 1969 that was broadcast around the world on live television. Set against the backdrop of martial law in Taiwan, the Vietnam War, and social and political unrest around the world, this trip to the moon was a heroic statement that even though we were mired in violence and self-inflicted horrors, we could elevate ourselves out of these nightmares and aspire for the heavens. We could escape the mess of life on earth and dream about new possibilities and new frontiers. If man could really travel almost 240,000 miles and return safely to tell his tales, what else could we accomplish? Of course, most of us no longer dream about walking on the moon. We are caught up in the pragmatics of everyday life, in paying our bills or finding a job or trying to work through difficult times with our loved ones. We tend to lose our ability to dream. It is not just gravity that keeps us bound to the earth; it is the weight of responsibilities, of life. the first time I walked on the moon is a celebration of the wonder of possibility, an embracing of our childhood ability to imagine the unimaginable. It is a performance that encourages us to step out of the shadows and reach for the heavens, to take that first step and walk on the moon…
Dream Makers / Eslite Gallery / August 2-5, 2018
Freud remains an iconic image in contemporary culture: the bearded man with a pipe, the analyst’s couch, the comedic punch line of asking someone who is describing their problems to “tell me about your mother.” We understand the references and they still remain relevant 80-years after his death, because Freud’s theories still play a prominent part in our understanding of the human mind. Whereas our understanding of the physiology of the human body has increased dramatically, the mind remains a mystery. Using Freud and his writings as the starting point for this poetic meditation, this performance explores the fuzzy boundaries between dreams and reality, delving deep into the shadowy unexplored recesses of our brains. Who are we? Why are we capable of both creating such remarkable beauty and such unimaginable violence?