Have you seen Kellerman directed by Imitating the dog Theatre Company?
Digital art has completely penetrated our daily life. The Ministry of Culture of Taiwan has partnered up with the Quanta Arts Foundation to organize a series of digital performances- 2012 Digital Performing Arts Festival. Last week October 26, I went to see Kellerman directed by the Imitating the dog Theatre Company. The play took place in Songshan Cultural and Creative Park in Taipei. I felt so fortunate to attend a fascinating performance, which normally took place in London.
Imitating the Dog’s Kellerman is a tense and atmospheric thriller. It was like looking at a graphic novel and at others like a warfare film, Kellerman swept back and forth across different time zones while allowing me to feel different perspectives on a story that is as shifting as time itself.
The plot of the play, main character Harry is receiving psychiatric treatment in a hospital. He believes that he has both a wife and child, whom his psychiatrist points out that do not exist. The play shifts through various time periods. A lover of Harry, Amy is a recurring character wearing bright color outfits. The psychiatrist is also an important key role in the play, because he plays dual roles as Harry’s devil versus his sympathetic shrink.
I heard from many professional artists before I watch the play, Laura Hopkin is one of the famous stage designers. I was impressed by her overall brilliant stage design, which telescopes up and down so you feel like looking through a peephole and at others appearing to look down on the action itself. This stage design creates its own layers of uncertainty.