Life is always difficult. When truly confronting the self, one always feels alone, despite all the relationships he/she has made.
We are the masters of our mind only at the present time. We do not have total control over how we have become what we are, nor where we will go in the future.
Everyone alone carries a different monster in his/her own mind, a monster gradually bred, grown and shaped by various influences in life. If the master of one’s mind is the soul that dwells in the body, it must be a complicated compound, expandable, shrinkable and distortable at different stages of life. A distinct monster.
Set in a daytime psychedelic mood, Monster is like a journey to retrace the time and an individual’s existence. I chase after himself, stand still, pace back and forth, and push onward recklessly. I start in a straight line, but then the path spins, twists and deforms, until I no longer see the beginning nor the destination. Never do I feel I will fail. Never do I feel I will succeed. Paradox continues to appear. We are not only defined by our past, but also by others’ past which has influences on us. That is how a monster is shaped.
Time just passes on and never returns. When I chase the future it seems going forward. However, when I look back at the past, it seems going backward. So, is time definitely moving forward?
Premiere: Jun. 2, 2017 at Experimental Theater, Taipei. Commissioned by National Performing Arts Center – National Theater & Concert Hall, Taiwan.
Touring: Aug. 2~Aug. 25 2019 at Dance Base, Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Choreography & Sound Design：Yen-Cheng Liu | Performers：Yen-Cheng Liu (or Chu-Hua Wang), Yu-Fan Liu | Costume Design：Hikky Chen | Stage Design：Hsuan-Hsun Cheng | Lighting Design：Tien-Hung Wang (premiere version), Jui-Hsuan Tseng (tour version)