- Name： PENG Ya-Ling
- Residency： Rumata' Artspace
- Country： Indonesia
- City： South Sulawesi
- Residency Period： 2016/9~2016/10
- Disciplines and media： Theatre,Performing Arts
- Works in residency： Oral History "Theatre Echoes of Asia"
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PENG graduated from Department of English, Tamkang University in 1984 and earned a degree at London School of Mime and Movement. (1998-1991) Peng Ya-Ling started her theatre career as an actor, playwright, and director in 1980, is reckoned as the first-generation experimental theatre worker in Taiwan. She was the founding member of Square and Round Theatre (1981—1993), the founding member & director of Tainan Mei Den Fong Theatre (1993-1999), the founding member, playwright, and director of Uhan Shii Theatre Group in the “Confession of Taiwan” Series.
Thoughts on Residency Program
1. Understanding the struggles of overseas Chinese and the discrimination they’ve suffered by means of interviews and oral history;
2. Sharing the migration history of overseas Chinese with Indonesians, informing the latter of the former’s hardships and struggles;
3. Organizing symposiums, exhibitions and oral history display, acquainting Indonesians and Chinese with each other, so as to remove their historical burdens and prejudices, and to foster collaboration between the two ethnic groups on a reciprocal basis;
4. Sharing Chinese history, customs and festival pastries with Indonesians, and sharing Indonesians’ virtues such as friendliness, open-mindedness and loyalty with Chinese;
5. There is a paucity of interaction between Chinese and Indonesians owing to their difference in religion and custom. On top of that, flawed policies have caused misunderstandings between them. By virtue of the oral history, symposium, exhibition and role-playing, the two ethnic groups could get to know each other, based on which their friendly and harmonious relationship can be restored.
I invited ethnic Chinese to Rumata’ Artspace for the show, since they’ve been the parties involved throughout the epic struggle. In the form of performance, the Indonesian actors and I recounted the stories they told me, showing the audience the turbulent history of overseas Chinese. The ethnic Chinese originally intended to decline my invitation, because an invisible high wall stood in front of them. They finally set aside their misgivings and came to Rumata’ Artspace to enjoy the performance titled Echoes of Asia.
The performance was nothing short of a touching ceremony, given that it was delivered in a place on the verge of religious, cultural and ethnic conflicts. This ceremony-like performance and life-story sharing prompted both parties to put aside their old prejudices, making them closely attached to each other. This is simultaneously a performance and a ceremony as touching as marvelous.
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