The dark nights gave me my dark eyes;
I, however, use them to look for light.
(translated by Gordon T. Osing and De-An Wu Swihart)
The name “Dark Eyes” derives from Gu Cheng’s poem This Generation. Founded by Hung Hung, who is a poet, a director, a curator, as well as a critic, Dark Eyes Performance Lab merges diverse theatrical creativity with artistic experiments and mass culture, challenging contemporary issues and taboos to provoke thinking.
Since its founding year 2009, Dark Eyes Performance Lab has actively introduced cutting-edge plays and produced original works that are innovative in theme and form. Grasping the ever-changing spirit of time, we have successfully branded ourselves and promoted our philosophy. Notable works include The Ugly One , Jump! BIG Girl! and Winnie the Boob, which all challenge modern culture’s emphasis on outer appearances; while the documentary theatre piece Taiwan 365 — Eternity of a Day is politically and socially critical, Blackbird and Alive and Kicking delve into the judgment of immoral behavior. Dark Eyes has also produced environmental theatre work “The Poetry of Gods” which unifies the past and present, A Tribute to Modern Theatre Revisited in which young creators show their talents, as well as curatorial projects Das Zauberhaus, Faaaaat Festival and In-yer-face Festival. In the project Der Ring des Nibelungen: A Revolution Unarmed , Dark Eyes collaborated with local theatre groups and received sponsorship of the National Culture and Arts Foundation under the “Pursuit of Excellence Project for the Performing Arts.” In 2015, Picnic on the Battlefield was invited by Asia Theatre Directors’ Festival TOGA, Japan, which marked our first step onto the international stage. In 2016, Bananaiana was invited by Taipei Arts Festival and Les fourberies de Myriam invited by International Theatre Festival of the National Theatre; both are productions of renowned art festivals in Taiwan. While Bananaiana is a work of cross-genre music, Les fourberies de Myriam is a cross-ethnic work, showing our effort in making interdisciplinary works.
Since 2010, Dark Eyes Performance Lab has been one of the sponsored performing arts groups by the Ministry of Culture. In 2014, we received the “art space” sponsorship of Taipei Department of Cultural Affairs and has since resided in 593 STUDIO with other arts groups, forming a solid basis for our creativity. In the future, Dark Eyes Performance Lab will hold on to its principle to make a creator-friendly environment, in hope to open a dark eye on Asia, a window to the world.