Puppet & Object Theatre
Fang Yun Lo & Cheng Ting Chen
Research Residency in Cooperation with Tanec Praha, Prag/CZ
The main research interest for Fang Yun Lo & Cheng Ting Chen’s residency in Prague is the famous Czech puppet and object theatre, both traditional and experimental.
In a first residency period, they conducted research on puppet theatre internationally at the Puppet Theatre Collection of SKD in Dresden. At a later date, they will also do research on Taiwanese and Japanese puppet theatre. In Prague, they are planning to visit puppeteers as well as puppet manufacturers and ask them about their relationship to their puppets or “animated objects” and get to know the corresponding universities. Fang and Cheng Ting are also interested to research whether Czech dancers and performers were influenced by this art form in their body and stage work.
After having created their first piece for young audiences LUCEO in 2017, they are now working on the creation of Nano Giants, a TANZPAKT Dresden co-production for young audiences from 4 years on, that will premiere in fall 2021. The influences of their research will feed into the work with dualities such as life/non-life, real/fiction, object/human, with references to recent debates about multiple realities, truth/fake, power differences and the emergence of robots and internet-connected devices in our personal environment. The piece will circle around fundamental questions of human life (especially young life): whether we are small or large, in relation to what and to whom, do we move or are we being moved,
how is our own individuality defined, and what constitutes the value of our own individuality? With objects becoming alive and performers becoming objects themselves, with changing body shapes, sizes and dimensions, the piece will take the audience to a expedition through the theater wonderland.