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WSD2017|UTOPIA
 
1-9 July.Taipei, Taiwan
An extraordinary festival of performance design, including exhibitions, performances
and diverse events,attracted over 15,000 visitors from 71 countries.

Exhibition

Professional Designers

Taiwan

Man-Hsuan Chen

UTOPIA

Selected Category: Lighting Design

Category: Lighting Design

Design Statement

Utopia is an imagined society that possesses highly desirable or nearly perfect qualities, which people looking for hundreds of years.
In this performance, choreographer uses the labor pains before going into the utopia world to reflect the reform mind nowadays.

Dancers illustrate highly distortion body shapes. The irregular sharp visual gives a strong pressure that keep putting forward the labor pains of a newborn life to audience.
Lighting provides an unstable and trepidation movement. The movement combines vision perfectly with the stringed music and dance dynamic.

God said, let there be light, then create lives.
This concept pictures the image on stage, a process of a newborn life and how it might bring such pain and suffering. We try to make the Utopia real so hard by stepping on God’s fragments and run after the truth and wish Utopia may come true someday.

Video/Audio

Man-Hsuan Chen

Started performing as a dancer on stage since the age of 9, I have been fond of theatre and shifted to the production after entering Taipei National University of Arts to study theatrical design, where I majored and obtained a BFA degree in Lighting Design in 2012.
Upon graduation, I started my career as a professional lighting designer and programmer. In 2013, I and Fang-Yu Sung co-founded ‘FunDesign Studio’ and assumed the role of Lighting Director. During this time, I was also invited to Montreal as resident artist and performed in major international festivals, including Edinburgh Art Festival, Festival d’Avignon, Festival Tokyo and other events in the U.S., Canada, and Singapore.
I predominantly collaborate with dance performances, and theatrical performances stand in the next place. Past projects include collaboration with BodyEDT, Rive-Gauche Theatre, White Dance Theatre, and etc..
My design has a distinctive psychedelic style with unique colours and shifting. I believe that the arrangement of lighting images is like painting, and the underlying logic of the movement of visual is akin to music composition. Hoping to be a perpetual student, enjoying every opportunity to learn and ruminate when working with creative artists of all kinds.

Email Address: macy007007@gmail.com

Theatre Company Body Expression Dance Theatre

The Premiere Date of Production 2015-08-15

The Premiere Space of Production Taiwan National Experimental Theater

Author Ming-Cheng, Lee

Director/ Choreographer Ming-Cheng, Lee

Set Designer Jun-An, Xie

Lighting Designer Man-Hsuan Chen

Costume Designer Yu-Jun, Lin

Sound Designer Zhe-Yi Lee