[Reporter Lin Mingyou/Taichung Report]Taichung National Opera House Meets Giants series “Warrior, Cheers!” “, by Zhong Boyuan, director of Xiao Theater, interprets the classic works of literary master Huang Chunming. On November 5th and 6th, the forgotten history will be revealed at the Xiao Theater. Yan Jibin, deputy director of the Opera House, said that Huang Chunming wrote “Warrior, Cheers! “, which shows his special feelings for this story, and expects the theater performance to be superimposed to reveal the reflections and humanistic concerns of different generations of creators for history.
“Warrior, cheers! ” tells the memory of the scars of four generations of males of the Rukai youth Xiong family who were forced to fight for the Japanese, Communist, and National Army due to regime change, and even sacrificed their lives. It was Huang Chunming’s 1973 documentary when he visited Lu in Pingtung. The real experience of the Kai tribe, written in prose in 1988, a script in 1994, and a new poem in 2005. In 2019’s novel “Follow Baby”, there is also “Warrior, Cheers!” “, which shows the importance of this story to Huang Chunming.
Director Zhong Boyuan said that in 2016, he cooperated with Huang Chunming in the “Fish. When “Cat”, I kept thinking that I wanted to “Warrior, Cheers!” “On the stage, I discussed with Huang Chunming many times about the idea of moving, and after several rounds, he won the teacher’s approval. “The teacher said very seriously that this is the most important thing before he closes his eyes; sometimes he talks about it. When I started acting, I was very excited when I watched the rehearsal video, reminding me how to present Rukai’s original face.”
Zhong Boyuan explored Pingtung on the spot—from the old good tea tribe to the new good tea tribe, and moved to the Linali tribe due to the 88 typhoon. The old good tea can only be reached by helicopter or on foot. The creative team walked for 4 or 5 hours on the mountain road to visit the old good tea, which has a history of 600 years. Even after the disaster, it still remains intact. He said: “Because of this journey, I saw the wisdom of Rukai’s ancestors and the consequences of forced migration.”
Teacher Huang Chunming once said, “Warrior, cheers! “talks about social structural violence, and Zhong Boyuan also mentioned that earlier the teacher was positioned as a Taiwanese local writer, but the past Mandarin Movement presented the social structural violence in this province and other provinces, which invisibly degraded Huang Chunming’s creations. , so when the teacher arrived at the old good tea tribe and saw the violence under the regime structure, he felt deeply, “Warrior, cheers! ” is to explore this issue and hope that these oppressions will be broken.
“Warrior, cheers! ” also represented the five heroic characters in Huang Chunming’s script by painting the Rukai lilies, totems and other elements on the masks, imagining from the Rukai people’s point of view, to ask “Why do our descendants help others?” Fighting?” Zhong Boyuan said that when each ghost comes out, it announces itself like a traditional opera, and will hold a dialogue like a harlequin. This is also the biggest difference between the interpretation of the play and the prose, adding elements of oriental drama, both traditional and contemporary.
“Warrior, cheers! “produced by Xiao Theatre, which focuses on contemporary social issues and is good at adapting classic literary works. Rukai actor Ke Yuling, veteran theatre artist Wei Yicheng, powerful creator Arase Alas and members of Xiao Theatre will communicate through Rukai and Chinese languages. Narration and singing, the audience is invited to the opera house in early November, in a cultural atmosphere intertwined with literary and theater sense, toast with the ancestors of Rukai warriors!
Photo: Taichung National Opera House Meets Giants series “Warrior, Cheers!” “, by Zhong Boyuan, director of Xiao Theater, interprets the classic works of literary master Huang Chunming. On November 5th and 6th, the forgotten history will be revealed at the Xiao Theater. (Photo by reporter Lin Mingyou)