“Am I a host or a guest? The longer I am away from home, the vaguer the definition.”Ipun Kanasaw, dancer.
Titled after the telephone area code for Hualien on Taiwan’s East coast, home of the indigenous Pangcah people, 038 asks, ‘Where is home? What is home?’ It’s in everyone’s heart, but what does it look like in one’s mind? Its call may exist in the imagination, but the body remains engaged in the frantic pace of modern life. Contemporary but underpinned by traditional spirit, 038 reflects the anxieties and uncertainties of returning in an emotional search for ourselves and our roots.
Source | Nominated for 15th Taishin Culture and Art Awards
Author | Mei-Ying Yang
038 is more than the reminisce of one’s strong attachment to their hometown, it also incorporates issues of living in the contemporary environment. The seemingly simple and repetitive movements test the physical and mental stamina of the young dancers, subsequently demonstrate their natural physique, intense energy; sometimes exhilarating and high-spirited, sometimes tranquil and poised. The dancers, the minimalistic stage design, the shifting image of the ocean and the heartbreaking murmur of the waves complement one another; enduring and poignant.
Source | Performng Arts Reviews
Author | Hsiang-Jun Fan
Trapped in the swimming pool, trapped in the neverending advancement of their country, the education system and modernization yet making no headway? Running backward, the more emotional the climax of an embrace is, the more dynamic the folk songs and music are, the concept of home is even more ironic; the distance to return home is even farther.
Source | Performing Arts Reviews
Author | Hui-Ling Chih
In the fervent action of stacking and piling, the monotonous physical expression is still able to produce visceral emotions. The conduction of the senses created from the physical labor and exhausted stamina of the dancers presses the audience to feel the rhythm, to get inside the tactile body through the exaggerated display of emotions brought about by the music, and the continuous movements that purposely (?) remove individuality on those almost unidentifiable faces.
Source | Performing Arts Reviews
Author | Hung-Wen Lu
As we try to understand the cause of convulsion from the path provided by 038, it is evident in the departure and returning to one’s hometown. Through recurring images of a train and the stations’ name announced in Pangcah, it reminds us the distance between one and their hometown.
Author | Wen-Wei Xu
I remember when Louis Althusser described schools as "ideological state apparatuses", he cited virus as an example. And in Kuo-Hsin Chuang’s dance, the education authority is depicted as the light that attracts moths. When the detrimental train of education enters the campuses, it accelerates the decline of Hualien culture into singularity and insignificance. Unable to voice their thoughts, moving in rigid traditional dance movements, a band of young people store their hometown in their dreams and go to the city. They replicate the doctrine of civilization successfully, living and breathing like a walking dead. When I saw jaded tribal youths returning to the amniotic fluid of their hometown like fishes, they’ve arrived at Hualien station, and my tears tumbled down.
Artistic Director：Kuo-Shin Chuang
Associate Artistic Director：Ching-Hui Cheng
Technical Director／Lighting Designer：Yung-Hung Sung
Music Director／Composer：Chen Yi Ting
Lighting Designer： Chih-Chien Cheng (Taiwan Premiere)
Projection Designer：Chia-Hao Chung
Stage Manger：Hsiu-I Lu, Bai-Yan Chen (Taiwan Premiere)
International PR：Tzu-Yu Hsu
Image:Chen-Chou Chang, Yi-Fan Kuo, Jyong-Jhe Huang
Vocal：Sun Mei Hua
Violin：Lee Chia Hao
Cello：Hsu Peng Yun
Accordion： Chang Han Chung
Recorded／Mixed by Haung Chun Hsien
Performers：Yi-Fan Kuo,Wei-Li Hsu,Ti Hung,Chih Lin,Yu-Lun Liou,Yu-Yuan, Wang,Yu-Syuan Luo,Jing-Ru Wu,Namoh Iciya, His-Ya Li, (Taiwan Premiere), Namoh.Miya (Taiwan Premiere)
Project Manager：Pei-Wei Huang (Taiwan Premiere)
Massage Therapist：Yuen-Chiao Lin
Special Thanks (Taiwan Premiere): Ching-Yun Wu (Hualien), Chia-Wei Lin (Taipei), Chin-Hui Liu (Hualien, Taipei, Kaohsiung), Shu-Te University Deparment of Performent Arts(Kaohsiung), Shu-Te University Department of Performing Arts (Kaohsiung)