Choreographer Huang Huai-Te has described it in his own words as “A work that was quite frantic and a real struggle.”
Split on the inside, different personalities frantically collide and struggle. Who lives inside my body? He uses a black cloth to cover some furniture that was originally visible. The lights go on. Someone is standing just to the left of the center of the stage. The light is dim and for a few seconds the sound is like the wind blowing, “whooo, whooo, whooo”. Suddenly, several people emerge from his body.
The idea for “Split” originated with a relative’s particular past. Because of involvement with drugs, injuries, guns and other such crimes, he served eight years in prison. During that time, he thought of committing suicide and was completely crushed by his situation. As a creative artist, I was immediately attracted to this kind of superficial movement. But after carefully thinking about it, behind these movements were how he struggled on the inside, which caused him to commit crimes that even he felt were wrong. Which let him seem to be engaged in confrontation with some part of himself. To explore and more deeply understand him, as if an unknown self inhabited my body, frantically colliding, struggling and splitting.
To me, dance is highly ambiguous. The advantage of this is its space for imagination, while the disadvantage of this is that it is not easy to read and understand. In this work, it validates the feasibility of the subject matter on the surface level, but actually it is an experiment into a performance approach, which is a kind of shifting between reality and non-reality. Whether in terms of bodies, props, states of being, all of these things exist moment by moment in between a kind of virtual reality, and also in between being understood and not being understood, and thus is able to manufacture a kind of dreamlike surreal world? This is the essential idea of what I most want to validate in this work. Through constant experimentation and persistence, this idea has made great progress of its own accord. For myself, the creative artist, I look forward to developing it into a more mature performance in the future.