About the team/composer
Established in 1991, Chai Found Music Workshop is active on the stage both at home and abroad. In addition to performing traditional music and Taiwanese music, it is also enthusiastic in performing contemporary music. They have performed widely in different part of Taiwan and the world, including Asia, Europe, and America. Among the musical composition of Chai Found Music Workshop, regardless of pure musical performance or cross-over performance in theater, it endeavors to construct its works with its roots on traditional Taiwanese instrumental music, with the traditional music as foundation. Extending its footsteps on contemporary arts, they learn from arts in different terrains as core to allow them fuse different cultures and expand the scope of their works.
In recent years, it has presented many daring new productions, including Fantastic Zoo-A Nursery Rhymes Concert, Breeze Past – Campus folk songs series, Amazing Era – Mandarin Chinese Oldies, FORMOSA FOLK SONG Beauty of Sound from the South, 2003 Chitaro and the Crazy Girl – A Musical Adventure, 2005 Eastern Instrumental Theater – Ambush, 2007 The Legend of the East – Rock Chinese Music, 2009 The Journey of the Monkey King, and 2011 Wuji. Each of these performances is welcomed and love by audiences.
About the performance
In 2005 CFMW presented the Eastern Instrumental Theater I – Ambush, which was the debut of the “Eastern Instrumental Theater” composed in its 15th anniversary. It was the first time for it to fuse Chinese music with theatrical elements. Directed by Billy Zhang, the former head dancer at Cirque du Soleil, it fused with the elements of environment theater, including images, performance, theatre, dance, fire dance, flames of war, and flowers into one. Gathering Chai Found Music Workshop’s Eastern Instrumental Theater, Taichung Black Angle Crew, Wugi Troupe, they fused with the ultimate fire dance of Coming True Fire Group. With the natural environment of the canopy of the Fulfillment Amphitheater as the curtain, and the grassland as mat, they created a new visual, aural, and sensual aesthetic to explore the dialog and murmur in time and space of the ancient and modern, and collage it with contemporary atmosphere. With the assistance and collaboration of technology and skills, they re-presented the roaring of the fire of war, and the laments of desolation. In this occasion, they are going to fuse the image of Yuji with 2017 Taichung Arts Festival to present “Ambush” in front of Taichung’s audiences.
Time: 19:30-20:50, November 25, 2017 (Sat)
Venue: Taichung Fulfillment Amphitheater (289, Section 1, Wenxin Road, Nantun District, Taichung City)