Traveling Around Taipei With Garbage Trucks is a performance project with its final presentation happening in streets alongside working garbage trucks. There were two types of performance: street performances and a program called Story Bus. With street performances, 3 garbage collecting routes were our performance routes. 6 theatre-makers devised site-specific and interactive performances according to the characteristics of the space and the habits of the sanitation workers and the local residents. Sanitation workers were the collaborator performers in this project, while passers-by and residents dumping their household garbage were spectators and participants at the same time.
When street performances were taking place, the program Story Bus happened in a mini bus with a senior sanitation worker tour-guiding the audience passengers. The route and the activities happening in the tour were discussed and rehearsed in advance by a theatre director and that sanitation worker. The audience was invited to view the neighborhood from that worker’s personal perspective.
This “bridging” project aims at re-connecting and re-introducing citizens and sanitation workers and among themselves by giving a tweak to the everyday routine of the urban landscape.
Concept Developer and Producer: Yoyo Kung Production Assistants: Blue Chen, Corinne Hsiao Props and installation designer: Kappa Tseng Music designer: Tao Chiang Costume designer: En-Yang You Directors of Street Performances: Jimi Zhang, Yow-Ruu Chen (Yulia), Mei-Hua Hsueh, Yuan-Liang An, Yu-Ching Wang, George Lin, students of class Creative Drama in the Department of Drama and Theatre, National Taiwan University Theatre Performers of Street Performances: Jimi Zhang, Yow-Ruu Chen (Yulia), Mei-Hua Hsueh, Yuan-Liang An, Yu-Ching Wang, George Lin, Chien-Ming Wang, Ming-kuay Yang, Tao Chiang, Yuan-Wen Huang, Yun-Fang Tseng, Hung-Yu Lin, students of LTSchool, students of class Creative Drama in the Department of Drama and Theatre, National Taiwan University Directors of Story Bus: Corinne Hsiao, Jerome Wang Video designer of Story Bus: Jihong Lee Tour Guide of Story Bus (Sanchong Line): Chun-Nang Lee (driver of garbage trucks) Tour Guide of Story Bus (Daan Line): Shao-Xiang Chen (Captain of Heping team) Tour Guide of Story Bus (Songshan Line): Ho-Chong Lee (Captain of Tungshe team) Publicist: Yunwen Chen Consultant: Juan Chin Volunteer Coordination and Administration Assistants: Amy Hsu, Li-Chen Chang Key Visual Illustration: Chia-chi Yu Graphic Designer: Ming-kuay Yang Webpage Designer: Weslee Chuang Photographers: Jihong Lee, Wen-Rong Chen Video-recording and Editing: Jihong Lee
PRESENTED BY Prototype Paradise SPONSORED BY Department of Cultural Affairs, Taipei City Government SUPPORTED BY Department of Environmental Protection, Taipei City Government. Department of Environmental Protection, New Taipei City Government. Labor Union of Department of Environmental Protection, Taipei City Government. Labor Union of Department of Environmental Protection, New Taipei City Government. INTERNS: students taking classes in Introduction to Directing and in Creative Drama in Department of Drama and Theatre, National Taiwan University