Mounts Olympus in Shilin

As part of the Grand Opening Programs at Globe Playhouse at Taipei Performing Arts Center, Taipei, Taiwan


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All is but an illusion. I'm not gonna be fooled.

In order that illusions can ultimately be brought about, tons of trash has also been generated by artists "for art’s sake." Good artists are human beings who make high-end trash. But, is trash to be labeled as high-end or low-end? It depends on who has created the trash, really. What if it’s been created by a Fairy Goddess?

Through her The Daily Fairy Romance, visual artist Ni Juihung fulfills her wish to become immortal for her and her art through a series of field researches, role-playing, reasoning and demonstrations of the Fairy Goddess and her many variations. Mts Olympus in Shilin, following in the creative footsteps of Ni, is an artistic upshot resulting from the theater group’s many field trips to Shilin and its collaboration with the newly completed Taipei Performing Arts Center (OMA). It comprises of “amateurs” of different social standings, ages, professions, and identities, and through their respective understanding and imagination of the theater, hopes to present the consensus and disagreements that occur among artists, art works, and the audience, when discussing the theater as an institute wherein art is made and consumed as a product.

The theater as a medium space for art-viewing is the metaphor utilized in Mts Olympus in Shilin. Every single show of it is a rendezvous of the audience (the mortals) with the Fairy Goddesses (the artists). A fleeting dream-like encounter. However, how can illusion be created by way of the labor output of the artists? This work attempts to divulge and restore the spatial meaning of the theater as a social domain, re-relating the functions of the theater and the process of art-making to the society through an array of labor behaviors that happen in the theater but are not reckoned as art.

Assistant Director: Wen Szu-Ni

Co-artists: Ni Jui-Hung

Script: Chen You-Ruei

Co-creation and performers: Wang Shih-Wei, Lin Yu-Ru, Hung Wei-Yao, Jimmy Chang, Chen Yi-en, Huang Huai-De, Su Pin-Wen

Video performer: Kurt Hsiao


Stage Design: Chang Huei-Ming

Light Design: Teng Cheng-Wei

Costume Design: Jamo Chen

Music design: Chiang Tao

Photograph: Etang Chen

Performance Documentry: Chen Kuan-Yu


Producer: Lan Hao-Chih

Executive Producer: Tseng Chung-Yi

Stage Manager: Feng Qi-Chun