Like a dream, life is at times realistic; at times illusory. We believe that we see the whole picture of what is happening around us. But is it really the whole picture? Or is it just our wishful thinking? In the modern life that is filled with the experience of virtual presentation, we find that it becomes more and more difficult to have a full view of the truth and to recognize what is real, what is unreal.
A PIECE OF CAKE challenges its audience with different perspectives. In the proscenium version, “parts” of the theater performance is streamed live through social media, while “parts” of the video compositions seen in the social media is projected back on the big screen onstage. It blatantly portrays how a content creator manipulates the perspectives of his viewers. In another version – a no-seating walk-around performance – the performers lead the audience through backstage rooms and various scenes. It blurs the boundary between offstage space and performance space, eliminating the divide between reality and fiction.
Amid humorous gestures and serious steps, a woman and a man gently touch on the invisible dismal and obscure weight of life. The collective of performers, technical crew and the creator all bustle around the performance space. With a relaxed attitude that feels like “a piece of cake”, they quietly stir up the anxiety hidden in the contemporary life.
Note: A PIECE OF CAKE has two versions and can adapt to different types of venues, with either the proscenium version or the no-seating version.
No-seating version: premiered on Dec. 19, 2019 at Song Yan Creative Lab., Taipei, Taiwan
Proscenium version: presented on Nov. 7, 2020 at Playhouse, National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying), Taiwan.
Choreography and Sound Design：LIU Yen-Cheng | Performance：WANG Chu-Hua, SHEN Le | Lighting Design：TSENG Jui-Hsuan | Visual Design：HUANG Wei-Hsuan | Costume Design：Hikky CHEN