On October 26th, 13 TONGUES choreographed by Artistic Director Cheng Tsung-lung, was presented at the NCPA Dance Festival 2018. The dancers performed a unique Taiwan-style dance with their body language and voices in fluorescent costumes.
In the evening, 11 dancers of Cloud Gate 2 wore plain black costumes in the first half of the performance. They made peculiar movements, laughed and screamed in the orange-red fancy carp projected on the stage background.
The performers search for the past with their body language and voices.
In the second half, the gorgeous dance costumes seemed like neon lights shining on the streets and marketplaces, and guided the audience into brightly-illuminated Monga to those vague memories of the past filled with voices, smells, colours, patterns and stories dominated those elapsing days. The voice drew inspiration from one person named “13 TONGUES”, who made a living as a performer on the street square during the Cheng Tsung-lung’s childhood. As an artist with oral stunts and a variety of voices, "13 TONGUES" was a single-member troupe, which integrated voices of people of all ages and both genders in one. This legendary figure was often acclaimed by Monga folks. Led by Cheng Tsung-lung, dancers passed through temples, tea houses and alleys, and searched for the fading voices and memories through reciting, reading, singing and dancing on stage.
Orange-red fancy carp was projected on the stage background.
This time, Cheng Tsung-lung and Lim Giong together inject the voices drenched with Taiwan savours into the dance work 13 TONGUES. It is also the first dance background music created by Lim Giong, who blends Taiwan street market melody with electronic music, and highlights dancers’ body with avant-garde rhythms. The creative team of 13 TONGUES also draws on the essence of Taiwan ballad Manchu Tune. Dancers chant incantations accompanied by popular music in Taiwan. Great efforts are made to recall the past of Monga.
Wonderful performances of 13 TONGUES will continue on until October 28th, 2018.