Utopia of Utopias: The Pleasure of Rewriting Realities

[ 2009-06-12 00:30:34 | 作者Author: caofei ]
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Theater Astra, Turin (都灵,意大利)

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乌托邦里的乌托邦:重写现实的快乐
—— 乐大豆和Defne Ayas的介绍

作为Artissima16个剧院项目“blinding the Ears ”的一部分,Arthub已经邀请了艺术家曹斐根据自己的"人民城寨”——网络虚拟世界“第二人生”中的一个试验性城市和社区——创作一个特殊的现场行为艺术,并在数字幻想世界和现实世界之间继续自己的探索。

为了这个新的现场行为艺术作品能在都灵的皇家歌剧院演出,曹斐迎难而上,不仅创作了人民城寨的新篇章,还利用网络虚拟演员和各种舞台元素,在文革时期样板戏的基础上创作了一出新剧。在毛泽东时代,传统戏剧被他的妻子江青禁演,那时样板戏是唯一官方许可的表演形式。它们是一系列政治宣传的产物(电影音乐、芭蕾舞、戏剧),后来又被改编为电影,因此在那个中国历史的特定时代中成为了根深蒂固的视觉形象,具有不可替代的象征意义。它们整合了当时被禁止的中国传统戏剧、芭蕾、宣传歌曲、流行音乐的相关元素,将芭蕾女演员的脚尖旋转与来复枪结合起来,让代表工人阶级的男性舞者对穿着五颜六色戏服的地主老财执行死刑,以此反对那些低级趣味的作品。这一切一直吸引着曹斐,自那以后,她就一直致力于发掘这类戏剧的潜力。(请参照她的剧场舞台作品《珠三角枭雄传》(2005))

曹斐运用样板戏美学去定义人民城寨中的表演,但不同的是,她是把这种表演置身于现代语境中,以图标风格和各种已成“经典”、具有高度象征意义的动作去表现。曹斐将运用人民城寨及其多重场景的特点,搭建一个试验性剧院舞台。她的戏剧不是简单地把人民城寨这一虚拟空间中的旧表演技巧拿来炒冷饭;相反,她将创造一个新型“人民样板戏”——一种部分交互式的非线性戏剧,其中既包含了一些经典样板戏人物,又囊括了当代现实社会的新元素。各种类型角色将通过对话、歌曲和舞蹈相互影响、相互作用,在不同的场景中创造出各种生动壮观的舞台场面,并通过各种舞蹈、动作和符号唤起观众对各类取材于日常生活的情节的回忆。第二人生逼真生动,具有良好的交互性,因为观众完全可以从电脑上登录第二人生,探索和体验独家制作的样板戏场景;此外,也可以通过特殊电脑通路终端,在注册玩家身份后,与表演者互动,从而缔造一个大型网络表演空间。

Ms. China Tracy(中国崔西)是曹斐在网络中的化身,她将担任演出的主角,与屏幕上的其他虚拟演员和舞台上的真人演员合作表演。届时,所有演员都将穿上由人民城寨艺术家设计、皇家歌剧院服装师特别为这场表演制作的幻想式戏装。

皇家歌剧院作为现实舞台,人民城寨作为虚拟空间,将分别作为讨论场地,展开一场关于过去、现在和未来的讨论。这场演出将以一种全新的方式呈现在大众面前:代表现在的虚拟世界,代表过去的充满隐喻色彩的样板(但是对于伴随着这一神话成长起来的中国年轻一代来说,仍是可以理解的)以及代表未来的对作品的不断重读,互相影响、互相作用,共同组成这场别出心裁的戏剧。

曹斐的项目将在纽约举行的第三届视觉艺术行为表演双年展Performa09上展示,该展览将于今年11月与Artissima同时举行。这次合作将更加突出艺术家作品的“正在进行时“,让人们了解如何才能平衡虚拟网络世界和现实表演舞台。

“Utopia of Utopias: The Pleasure of Rewriting Realities”
—— Introduction by Davide Quadrio and Defne Ayas

As part of the Artissima 16 Theatre Project “Blinding the Ears”, Arthub has invited the artist Cao Fei to create a special live performance based on her RMB City project- an experimental city and community in the internet-based virtual world of Second Life, and continue her investigation between digital fantastyscapes and the physical world.

For this new live work to be presented at the Teatro Regio in Turin, Cao Fei embarks on the challenge of not only creating new chapter of RMB City but also working with avatar-actors and various staging elements to create a new drama based on the “model dramas” (Yang Ban Xi) of Cultural Revolution period. Yang Ban Xi were the only politically-approved performance form at the time, as traditional opera was banned by Mao Zedong’s wife, Jiang Qing. They were series of propaganda productions (movie musicals, ballets, operas) that got later adapted to cinematic form, therefore getting more entrenched into the visual and symbolic imagination of a certain era of Chinese history. Their integration of elements of the then-banned Chinese traditional opera, ballet, propaganda songs, and popular music, featuring ballerinas pirouetting with rifles and male proletariat dancers executing landlords rendered in boldly-colored costumes against kitsch-inflected sets is what has continuously fascinated Cao Fei, who has been exploring the potential of the operatic medium every since. (Please refer to her theatrical stage production “PRD Anti-Heroes (2005).

Cao Fei’s concept of performance in RMB City will make a clear reference to the aesthetics of the “Yang Ban Xi” but putting it into a contemporary perspective with iconic styles and movements that have now become “classic” and highly symbolic. Cao Fei will use the RMB City and its multi-venue nature for an experimental theatrical stage and instead of solely recreating the old performance techniques in the virtual space of RMB City, she will create a new kind of a “RMB Yang Ban Xi,” a non-linear, partially interactive drama that will contain some of the classic Yang Ban Xi characters and elements now complemented by our contemporary reality. Various characters will interact, through dialogue, song, and dance, creating spectacular tableaus in the different locations and will bring to life various plots (dances, movements, and symbols) that are taken from daily life. Considering the dynamic and interactive nature of Second Life, the audience will also be able to explore and experience the specially-created Yang Ban Xi environment in Second Life via personal computers, and/or via specialty computer-access terminals, and interact with performers through customized avatars, creating a large online performance space.

Ms. China Tracy, Cao Fei’s avatar, will play the lead role in the performance, accompanied by other actor-avatars on the screen, and on stage, who will be wearing highly imaginative costumes designed by the artist for RMB City and specially made by the Teatro Regio costumiers for this unique presentation.

As both a real and virtual stage, the Teatro Regio and RMB City respectively, will provide a place for discussion about the past, the present, and the future, with a new formula that combines an extraordinary show with live interaction between the virtual world (the present), the “Yang Ban Xi” opera with its encoded language (the past, but still comprehensible to the generation of Chinese who grew up with this mythology) and a reinterpretation of this work in constant evolution (the future).

Cao Fei’s project will be presented in New York by Performa,09, the third biennial on visual art performance , which takes place in November as with Artissima. This collaboration will highlight and give even greater emphasis to the “work in progress” nature of the artist’s work, and its challenge to reconcile the virtual online world with a phsycial performance stage.
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