Meet the Nominees

"A Legendary Jing-Ju Opera in 2015: Fantastic Journey of the Seeker"

Nominees National Taiwan College of Performing Arts Troupe of Jing Ju
NomineeNational Taiwan College of Performing Arts Troupe of Jing Ju

【 Reason for Nomination 】
Drawn from classical texts and rich with philosophy, this show showcases the beauty of Peking opera while embracing modern theatrical techniques.
【 Highlights 】
Their eye-catching performance of "A Legendary Jing-Ju Opera in 2015: Fantastic Journey of the Seeker" has brought the National Taiwan College of Performing Arts Troupe of Jing Ju their first Golden Melody Awards for Traditional Arts and Music nomination. "Seeker" finds its origins in a script by late-Ming/early-Qing writer Liao Dingkang that was completed in 1647 and tells of the life of a wandering scholar who by chance encounters an illusionist and is drawn into a fantastical journey inside the belly of a fish. Later critics called the play "an allegory beyond its time," that it was an evocative escape from the melancholy of that era and not simply written for the sake of performance. "Fantastic Journey of the Seeker" was not really passed down in the common repertoire, and so to bring out its potential and present to modern audiences the profound and fantastical layers therein, the National Taiwan College of Performing Arts Troupe of Jing Ju adapted it, taking inspiration from director Ang Lee's film "The Life of Pi" and attempting to create a 3D theatrical journey that transcends space and time. The story of "Seeker" sports characters from time periods stretching from the Spring and Autumn Period (771-476 BC) through the Han (206 BC-220 AD) and Tang (618-907 AD) dynasties, as well as characters that are fishes, boats, Taoist priests, and supernatural entities. As a result, its cast and crew numbered nearly 100, and together they brought new life to this three-century-old legend through choreography, rhythm, and even projection technology.