Arts and Culture
Positioned within the “little theater of Chinese opera” of contemporary Taiwanese theater, the ½ Q Theatre is noted for its introduction of modern art and multimedia into classical Kunqu opera to create a sparse and imaginary setting, such as the trucks, turnstiles, and rocking horses designed by architect and visual artist Shy Gong. Such props also serve to create an alternative interpretive space and imaginal scene. At times these visual symbols are directly related to the plot, at times their connection to the story is not readily apparent, and the push and pull between the two serves to extend the imaginal space, thereby producing novel contemporary images. In this paper I explore how the ½ Q Theatre combines classical Chinese opera with Western post-modernist thought and imagery to create a unique theatrical space imbued with contemporary meaning.