“Imagining a Poetic Space”

“Imagining a Poetic Space,” an interdisciplinary performance integrating Taiwan landscape, architectural space, poetry, music, dance, and theater, will be presented by the Neo-Classic Chamber Ensemble (
新古典室內樂團) on July 4 and 5 in Taichung.

Organized by the Hakka Affairs Council, the production takes inspiration from the poems by Hakka doctor-poets Tseng Kui-hai (
曾貴海) and Jiang Zi-de (江自得), offering insights into the land, life, nature, and society of Taiwan from a literary perspective.

Born in 1946, Zeng established the Amoeba Poetry Society (
阿米巴詩社) with other doctors including Jiang in 1966. He also launched the first literary magazine “Literature World (文學界)” with Yeh Shih-tao (葉石濤) and other authors in southern Taiwan in 1982. In 1991, he launched another magazine called “Taiwan Literature (台灣文學).Born in 1948, Jiang is a prolific nativist poet who has published several poetry collections including “The Sun of Hometown (故鄉的太陽),” “The Moon Slightly Going Down (月亮緩緩下降),” and “IIha Formasa.”  He won the Chen Hsiu-hsi Poetry Award and the Wu Zhou-liu Literary Award. 

To interpret the poems that depict natural landscape and everyday life of Taiwan, the ensemble collaborates with notable architect Zhao Jian-ming (
趙建銘), who specializes in transforming landscape elements into space, to design a stage that presents the poets’ love toward the land of Taiwan through incorporating installations and lights. 

The ensemble also partners with award-winning composer Liu Sheng-hsien (
劉聖賢) to create poetic music that echoes the memories and sentiments expressed by the poets.

Integrating various elements, the performance will present local culture and life philosophy through theater while highlighting the dialogues between literature and architectural space, giving audiences a brand new aesthetic and experience.

Established in 2003 by pianist Chen Hsin-i (
陳欣宜), the Neo-Classic Chamber Ensemble has been actively collaborating with production teams and performing artists in recent years to create diverse and creative productions that incorporate Taiwan’s rich culture and landscapes.   

Following the performance in Taichung, the ensemble will bring the production to Taipei next year.  


Imagining a Poetic Space

Date: July 4 –5, 2018
Venue: The National Taichung Theater
Address: No. 101, Section 2, Huilai Road, Xitun District, Taichung City, 407, Taiwan (ROC)
Website: The National Taichung Theater


Date: January 5 –6, 2019
Venue: The National Theater 
Address: No. 21-1, Zhongshan South Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, 10048, Taiwan (ROC)
Website: The National Theater