Chronicle of Lightyear
A cultural meeting between the east and the west.
Directed by Taiwanese award-winning artist Chou Tung-Yen, this piece tells a story about two time travelers and their intimate memories light-years away. The actors linger in each other’s dreams, trying to hold on to moments from the past. Moments that they don’t want to let go, yet are dissolving in the deep sea of oblivion.
Initially examining the idea of “happiness” by contrasting Denmark and Taiwan, the piece matured over three years of cultural exchange. Tung-Yen explores the creative possibilities of the so-called 4D-Box, a theatre stage capable of creating mixed-reality illusions of virtual 3D objects interacting with live performers. To support the theme of dissolving and fragmented memories, he decided to base much of the virtual scenography on 3D scans, working with naturally occurring imperfections (2018) along with expressive particle effects.
In the photo below, the actor Wei Chun-Chan (Derrick) shares a childhood memory, standing on a scan of the actual stairway from his childhood home in Keelung.
Taichung National Theatre (2022).