Theatre Company of LeeQingZhao the Private

Theatre Company of LeeQingZhao the Private(abbr. LQZ)Small Theatre Troupe,  Ai Yan Tian Tuan (sorrow and glamorous troupe), was founded in January 2006.  Using the name of Song Dynasty poet, Lee Qing-Zhao, it re-opens new frontiers in customs and elegance in contemporary performance art.  Through repeated exposure of modern and traditional political taboos, LQZ points out a cultural practice consisting of melancholic, but beautiful strands.   In recent years, its productions, such as Bai Suzhen, Elope, Cao Qiqiao, Auntie, Liu Sanmei, Chen Qingyang, Summer Green, Colorless Color, mark bold forays into Beijing opera, Hakka opera, Taiwanese opera, kabuki, and other forms of traditional opera.  The music and literature of the works are highly original, and their overall visuals are charming and varied.   Over the past few years, LQZ has conducted more than 70 performances in cities across the world, including Taipei, Beijing, Shanghai, and Tokyo.  It has been nominated as one of the nine major performing arts productions in the 2006 Taishin Arts Award.  Additionally, it was nominated for Best Crossover Album, Best Crossover Producer, and Best Arrangement in the Traditional Music category for the 2007 Golden Melody Awards.  And, in 2008, it won the Golden Bell Award for Best Art and Design.

Yu-Chuan TSENG |Project Host

Digital artist with Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) from New York University in the USA and PhD from the Institute of Applied Arts at National Chiao Tung University.  Currently, Tseng teaches at the Department of Public Relations and Advertising at Shih Hsin University, and serves as vice president for the Women’s Art Association, supervisor for the Digital Art Foundation, and director for Taiwan Information Design, Art, Technology, Education Association.  Tseng has held exhibitions at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Hong-gah Museum, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Singapore’s Art Gallery of LASALLE-SIA, and other venues.  Tseng’s works have been presented at the ACM Multimedia International Conference, International Symposium on Electronic Arts (ISEA), and in the international periodical, Leonardo.

Chien-Wei WU |Main Performer/Choreographer

Wu’s 2008 work, Aurora, won the Jury Prize in the Australian Choreographic Competition 2008.  In 2010, Wu became a professional dancer for the Taipei Crossover Dance Company and participated in the group’s 15th anniversary performance of Huan-Hsiung Li’s Time Hostel.  In 2011, he went with the Taipei Crossover Dance Company to attend Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in the United States and perform Hsiao-Hsiong Chang’s Dreams of a Butterfly and Rain.  Wu later joined the production, The Poignant Obscene Artifact Part 1:Marie Educates His Son at Virgin Flower Falling, by LQZ and took on the role of Monshiro.  After a solo dance performance in Beijing in May, he was immediately invited to the 8th Guangdong Modern Dance Festival and conducted a solo performance of the work, Soliloquy.  In August, Wu independently organized a personal photography, dance, and text exhibition, Soliloquy, at Grass Mountain Artist Village.  

Santiago LATORRE|Composer, Sound Designer

Spanish composer, Santiago Latorre, began composing music for dance, theater, and video art projects in 2005.  A few years later, he released his first album, Órbita, under the Californian label Accretions.  He has toured in the U.S.A., Mexico, Japan, and China, and has performed in some of the most important festivals in Spain, like Sónar and LEM. Currently, he just releases the album, Eclíptica, with Foehn Records.

Liang-Yen LIU|Director

Poet, theatre director, actor, producer.  Currently, Liu serves as representative and artistic director for LQZ, and director of Taipei Union for Professional Artists.  Born in 1979 in Taitung, Taiwan and of Hakka descent, Liu graduated from National Dong Hwa University’s Department of English and the Institute of Applied Arts at National Chiao Tung University.  Enrolled in the doctoral program at the National Chiao Tung University Degree Program of Society and Culture since 2006, Liu has focused his research on Shuji Terayama.

Kuan-Ying WU |Interactive Design and Integration Programer

Currently enrolled in doctoral program for the Graduate Institute of Architecture at National Chiao Tung University, Wu also works as a part-time designer for Mu-Tien-Liao Interactive dot TW.  Wu utilizes programming and electronic circuits to materialize realistic imaginations and futuristic fantasies about the world, while favoring the combination of mechanical power, the shaping of and immersion into space, and the real-time performance of live music and images.

Chi-Ping CHIN | Interactive Image Programer

Graduated from National Chiao Tung University, Graduate Institute of Architecture, Chin is currently a designer at Mu-Tien-Liao Interactive dot TW and part-time lecturer at Ming Dao University’s Department of Digital Design.  Through the sensitivity and methods of artists, Mu-Tien-Liao presents a world built by knowledge to seek interactive x technology x video x art x design… It is a search for utopia.

Yi-Ching HUANG | iPhone App Programer

Huang is currently studying at National Taiwan University’s Graduate Institute of Networking and Multimedia, where she majors in artificial intelligence, social computing, semantic analysis, interaction design, and data visualization.  Huang holds a passion for uncovering the relationships and stories behind large amounts of data.  From various perspectives, she ponders about the connections between people and people, people and objects, and objects and objects, as well as their correlations over time.  She then applies these findings into many aspects of her works.  Deeply passionate about combining art with technology, Huang chose to participate in this event without hesitation.

Chia-Hui CHEN | Stage Design

Chen is a freelance designer who specializes in spatial planning and visual design.  Her works include stage design, installation, modeling design, puppet design, animation, picture books, and more.  Chen graduated from Taipei National University of the Arts’ Department of Theatre Design and Technology.  Her recent stage design works include Germination (selected for Prague Quadrennial 2007), See You in the Air Tomorrow (Shanghai Theatre Expo Art Festival),   April Rain (Musical at All Music Theatre), The Silent Left Hand (Against Again Troupe), 24H – I Do Not Exist in Existing Places (New Wave Guling), and more.

Wei-Ting CHEN | Director of Interactive Engineering

Chen graduated from National Cheng Kung University’s Department of Architecture, and obtained his master’s degree in Visual Communication Design from the Institute of Applied Arts at National Chiao Tung University.  Chen’s designs have been featured in many digital art exhibitions.  Chen has collaborated with Story Nest’s HUANG Hsin-Chien and TSENG Yu-Chuan, Association of the Visual Arts in Taiwan Information Design, Art, Technology, Education Association, Taipei Women’s Rescue Foundation, and Jing-Mei Human Rights Memorial & Culture Park.  Chen also took on various projects curated by L’orangerie International Art Consultant Co, Ltd., for which he designed and planned interactive installations for public artworks and exhibitions.

Chen-Hsuan LIN|Graphic Design

Chen is currently in her third year studying at the Department of Digital Design at Ming Dao University.  Chen utilizes unique creative ideas to strive forward in this highly competitive society through outstanding 3D productions, cartoon illustrations, animations, and participation in physical performance events.  Lin created Secret Garden in the Palm of the Hand, which conveyed emotions through the incorporation of interactive technologies into doorknob designs.