Rimini Protokoll's 100% City Discovering Kaohsiung on 4th-5th December
Only in Kaohsiung! Completely unique! Rimini Protokoll's 100% City Series is happening at National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying)! 100% Kaohsiung is Rimini Protokoll's first 100% City production in a Mandarin-speaking area. The joint creation of one hundred Kaohsiung citizens' life experience truly depicts the city's historical trajectory, values, and beliefs. 100% Kaohsiung is presented at the Weiwuying Opera House on December 4th and 5th.
Weiwuying General and Artistic Director CHIEN Wen-pin stated: “Coinciding with the 100th anniversary of Kaohsiung’s name change, Weiwuying is dedicating 100% Kaohsiung, a cross-continental production five years in the making, to the city. The fascinating part of this performance is that all Kaohsiung citizens tread the board as themselves. They share honest opinions, remove daily disguises, search deep within them, and jointly present a one of a kind 100% Kaohsiung. Also, in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Taipei, we have published Experts of the Everyday. The Theatre of Rimini Protokoll, which details the company's artistic concepts and creative source.”
Rimini Protokoll is adept at bringing reality into the theater. In a snowball like fashion, their critically acclaimed 100% City Series finds its first participant, who will then introduce another by referencing a city's demographic statistics: nationality, gender, age, marital status, and domicile. In the end, 100 citizens, who are all experts of everyday life with different life experiences, will form a miniature of the city's demographic landscape. Through improvised performances driven by various questions, the participants create a collective image with their values and experience.
In preparation for 100% Kaohsiung, the team made some intriguing discoveries during interviews. For example, more than half of the participants agreed to conduct in their homes; some shed tears as they shared turning points in their lives. Such a show of honesty is precisely why Rimini Protokoll chose citizens over professional actors to present an authentic image of the city that is unpredictable and unique. The production encourages the audience to experience the pulse of the city from a different perspective.
100% City began with 100% Berlin in 2008, which was commissioned to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Hebbel Theater. Later, 100% City was invited for localization in Paris, London, Brussels, Melbourne, Tokyo, Penang, Gwangju, Sao Paulo, etc., whose names were incorporated in their respective production titles. In total, the series has been invited to 36 cities and became Rimini Protokoll’s most popular large-scale project. 100% Kaohsiung, Rimini Protokoll’s first 100% City in a Mandarin-speaking area, is a unique documentary theater that is sure to dazzle the audience.
Before all performances, Weiwuying has conducted risk assessments and drawn up contingency plans in accordance with CECC's six guidelines for mass gathering events. Audience members will have their temperatures taken at the entrance, wear surgical masks at all times, and register personal contact information. The venue will be disinfected and sanitized hourly. Staff members will have their temperatures taken before going on duty and wear masks while on duty. All adjustments to COVID-19 preventive measures shall follow CECC's instructions. In the meantime, we urge citizens to wash their hands frequently. Please consult a medical professional, should symptoms of fever or acute respiratory infections appear.