Dances for Wu-Kang Chen

攏是為著 ‧ 陳武康
2020.07.31 Fri. 19:30 

2020.08.01 Sat. 19:30

Venue | Zhongzheng Auditorium, Taipei Zhongshan Hall

Length | 75 mins, no intermission
Price | NTD 600、800

‘A year ago – for ecological reasons – my dance collaborators and I stopped all air-travel. Instead, I started contemplating new practices in choreography. Last year, for Taipei Arts Festival, we put together via Skype communication, the performance “The Show Must Go On” with an all-local cast and co-directors Ming-hwa Yeh and Wu-Kang Chen. It was a truly satisfying process. But still, I wish to go further by writing solo dance scores which are eloquent transmissions, so that I do not have to meet the dancer. Whilst I was formulating the dance scores, the Coronavirus crisis started spreading fast across the globe. This project thus became all the more urgent and necessary, especially since theatres everywhere were shutting down. Curator Tang Fu Kuen and I decided to carry out this experiment in the Festival, perhaps the only summer platform to remain open in this exceptional year. Very quickly, I thought the ideal dancer would be Wu-Kang Chen. This new piece entails someone like him who is both skilful and open to new experience. ‘

Jérôme Bel, April 2020, Paris.


  • In Mandarin, no subtitles
  • No latecomers
  • May contain nudity

Production Team

Concept: Jérôme Bel
Directed and Performed: Chen Wu-Kang
Director’s Assistant: Yeh Ming-Hwa and Wu Ho-Ju
Costume Advisor: Teng Yu-Fang
Local Guest: Chen Kuo-Hao and Han Yin


Artistic Advice and Executive Direction R.B. Jérôme Bel: Rebecca Lasselin

Production Manager R.B. Jérôme Bel: Sandro Grando


Special Thanks to HORSE
R.B Jérôme Bel is supported by the Direction régionale des affaires culturelles d’Ile-de-France, French Ministry for Culture and Communication, by the Institut Français, French Ministry for Foreign Affairs, for its international tours and by ONDA – Office National de Diffusion Artistique – for its tours in France.


Commissioned by Taipei Performing Arts Center

Born in Taiwan, Wu-Kang started his 12-year collaboration with New York -based choreographer Eliot Feld in 2001, whose practice influenced him greatly. In 2004, he co-founded HORSE Dance Theatre as artistic director, significant works of the company include Velocity (2007, Tai shin Art Award), 2 Men (2012, Kurt Jooss Preis) which toured in Asia, the US, and Europe. He was the dance director for the opening of the Deaflympics in 2009. He started to collaborate with Artist indifferent fields in 2011, including Exhibition X Performance Successor, and Dance X Sounds seasonal improvisation platform Primal Chaos (co-curated with improvisation pianist, Lee Shih-Yang since 2016). In 2016, he began an intercultural/dance dialogue with Thai master Pichet Klunchun. They presented Behalf in 2018. The two is currently collaborating on the three-year project “An expedition to the embodiment of Ramayana”. In 2019, he was the stage direction of “The show must go on” in Taipei Arts Festival. The same year, he was the conception, choreographer and dancer for “Thank you so much for your time” in DAGUAN International Performing Arts Festival.

Jérôme Bel

In his early pieces, Jérôme Bel applied structuralist operations to dance in order to single out the primary elements from theatrical spectacle. His interest subsequently shifted from dance as a stage practice to the issue of the performer as a particular individual. The series of portraits of dancers broaches dance through the narrative of those who practice it, emphasizes words in a dance spectacle, and stresses the issue of the singularity of the stage. Through his use of biography, Jérôme Bel politicizes his questions, aware as he is of the crisis involving the subject in contemporary society and the forms its representation takes on stage. In offering the stage to non-traditional performers, he shows a preference for the community of differences over the formatted group, and a desire to dance over choreography, and duly applies the methods of a process of emancipation through art. In 2005, Jérôme Bel received a Bessie Award for the performances of The show must go on given in New York. In 2008, with Pichet Klunchun, he won the Routes Princesse Margriet Award for Cultural Diversity (European Cultural Foundation) for the performance Pichet Klunchun and myself. Disabled Theater was chosen in 2013 for the Theatertreffen in Berlin and won the Swiss “present-day dance creation” prize.