Derived from a fabricated legend recounted by Dondon Hounwn, an artist and a practicing shaman of the Truku tribe of Taiwan, HAGAY DREAMING is a techno-fantasia guided theatre of revival that explores technoshamanism and Gaya principles. The work charts a discourse on the diversified nature of genders in primeval states, the conflicted keepers of tribal tradition and the defiant young generation. “A hunter lost in the forest meets a group of gender-fluid Hagay who transmit the knowledge of rituals, hunting and weaving to the hunter. The hunter returns to the tribe and continues sharing their wisdom.” HAGAY DREAMING at STWST48x8 takes the participating public for rituals lastin 48 hours, consisting of forest wandering and dreams in a conscious state. Spectra of tribal totem “dowriq”, beaming laser light, summons the ancestral spirits to watch over us, guiding us walking, chanting, gender hacking, xylophone messaging, flute head-hunting, dancing, imaging. Sapuh, Emsapuh, Smapuh, Dgiyaq, Mkduyung, Phpah, Qhuni, learning medicine, embodying the power of medicine, forests and streams, blossoming flower and trees, we arrive beyond the flowing of light where the multiplicity of HAGAY converge and reverberate in balance.
An Elug Art Corner + Dimension Plus production.
Initiated by Shu Lea Cheang and produced by Ping Yi Chen
Artist/Direction: Dondon Hounwn