M1 Chinese Theatre Festival 2014’s show, FLUID is currently undergoing intensive rehearsals. As per usual practice, director Liu Xiaoyi employs creative improvisational presentations, which encourages all members of the team to actively create. Actors, designers, even the stage manager and other actors who sit in for the rehearsals, have been (voluntarily) forced on stage.
During the creative process, the performers faithfully devise according to the topic thrown by the director. But the “directors” and “actors” in this rehearsal are not only the designated actors and directors, anyone can direct, and anyone can act. Here, our Resident Actor Wah Wah is giving an explanation to our Multimedia Designer Bin…
Inevitably, Bin the designer went on stage to present…… Now you know what I mean… “Jobscopes” in this production? Impossible. Borrowing the words of actor Li Xie, being part of this show really “enough”.
Naturally, to stage a production means to challenge conventions. If everyone falls back to their natural routine in a production, there is no challenge. This is the main theme that FLUID is exploring.
The director wants to discuss “theatre” in theatre. Speaking of discussions, “discuss” is a frequently used word in rehearsals. The team frequently sits together to discuss. Sometimes they chat and make jokes, sometimes they question and debate.
In the show’s synopsis, we see a lot of questions being thrown around. For instance, what is theatre? What is performance?… If you were to ask yourself what is a rehearsal, you might doubt such a rehearsal process. Is this a rehearsal?
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