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極至體能舞蹈團

極至體能舞蹈團
極至體能舞蹈團
團體名稱 : 極至體能舞蹈團
英文名稱 : Acme Physical Dance Theatre(Modern Arts Dance Theater)
團體類型 : 舞蹈類
團長 : 石吉智
地址 : 404 台中市北區英才路260號B1
連絡人 : 簡淑珠
電話 : 4663-04-01
網站 : http://www.mad-theater.com
簡介 : 「極至體能舞蹈團」創立於1997年6月,為台中第一支專業現代舞蹈團,也是目前台灣中部最具代表性的現代舞團。《表演藝術雜誌》以「被期待的未來」為標題專文報導。創辦人也是藝術總監石吉智是國內第一位,由美術專科學校畢業後,擔任國小教師再踏入舞蹈創作領域的編舞者,被媒體譽為「以肢體作畫的編舞者」。在擔任國小教師階段就曾編創〈海的聯想〉獲得全國民族舞蹈比賽現代舞第一名,並獲個人「最佳編舞獎」。進入台北藝術大學研究所,作品〈方陣〉也獲得第一屆最佳作品獎學金。
1997年創團至今每年皆推出新舞作,包括:〈三種精力〉、〈終世祭〉、〈淨土〉、〈沙漏〉、〈方陣〉、〈狂想巴哈〉、〈感應〉、〈站樁〉、〈峽旅〉、〈草山行〉、〈真人〉等開發東方肢體新語彙之作品,2006年起編創結合時尚話題之作品〈櫥窗〉、〈寵物〉。2008年開始,汲取台灣民俗與常民文化元素以前衛、時尚風格改編成具設計感的「新台灣風格」作品,包含〈新掌中芭蕾〉、〈狂野台〉。近年更於國際舞台嶄露頭角,2000榮獲馬來西亞文化部邀請,參與該國TPRI-2000國際舞蹈節,及首位受邀於美國楊百翰大學(Brigham Young University)演出的台灣現代舞團。2001年,極至體能舞蹈團與澳洲西澳表演藝術學院(Australia’s Western Australian Performing Arts Academy)舞者,跨國合作演出〈感應〉;並獲法國馬恩河谷雙年舞蹈節(Mares River Valley Dance Festival)邀請,於巴黎演出〈感應〉獨舞段落及〈方陣〉。2002年〈站樁〉受莫斯科「契可夫藝術節」(The International Theatre Chekhov Festival)邀請演出,受當地媒體大幅報導,載譽歸國。
從2003年開始,舞團著手編創「與國家公園共舞」系列舞作,首推太魯閣為編創靈感之作品:〈峽旅〉並於2003年10月底首演完畢。接著又以陽明山國家公園為主題,編創〈草山行〉,於2004年11月份首演完畢。2005年以莊子語錄為發想,編創〈真人〉,並獲文建會邀請赴「第四屆巴黎外國文化週」演出,獲國際媒體及當地民眾矚目與藝評的肯定。法國馬恩河谷舞蹈節藝術總監Michel Caserta在看完〈真人〉首演後,向媒體表示:「〈真人〉是一場鼓動人心,令人興奮的演出」。
  2006「極至體能舞蹈團」創辦人兼藝術總監石吉智獲選為西帖藝術村(CiteInter Nationaldes Arts)駐村藝術家,同年推出新作〈櫥窗〉。2007年作品〈寵物〉,更破天荒將寵物與舞者共舞,首次搬上中山堂舞台,並創下創團以來最高票房紀錄,並受邀參與台北藝術大學25週年校慶「關渡藝術節」演出。同年作品〈進化論〉更受邀參與國家劇院二十週年演出,為台北地區以外唯一受邀編舞者。2008年結合「五洲園掌中劇團」編創「掌中芭蕾」,獲美國Cabrillo College邀請於The 418 Project Theater參與「日異演進的舞蹈為名(The Name of This Dance Changes Every Day)」交流演出活動,「新掌中芭蕾」獲舊金山世界日報以「前衛舞團」標題盛讚。2009年底融合台灣常民文化元素編創「狂野台」,將戲劇、舞蹈、多媒體、庶民生活題材跨領域結合,發揮到極至,獲得媒體觀眾的好評。

  截至2011年12月,全球舉行演出、講座共745場次,同年首度邀請客席藝術家張慈妤參與舞團編舞及演出,合作編創 「小綠人」,開啟結合設計的簡約風格作品,同年並獲選【第八屆廣東現代舞周】邀請演出節目。2011年延續「小綠人」作品風格,再推出「越線受罰首部曲:小心輕放」。以舞蹈劇場風格設計段落式情境故事。

 「極至體能舞蹈團」身為中台灣唯一的在地專業現代舞團,在新的世紀,自許用舞蹈表演藝術,為台灣的文化藝術浥注一股新活水,並從台灣的中心點出發,舞漫四方,讓國際友人看到台灣表演藝術新風貌。

演出/得獎紀錄 : 極至體能舞蹈團95、96、97、98、99、100年演出場次表,累計場次共745場

http://www.mad-theater.com/acme/CP101-920603.htm

英文簡介 : Founded in June 1997, the Modern Arts Dance Theater (MAD Theater) is the first professional modern dance troupe in Taichung and it remains the most iconic modern dance company in central Taiwan. The Performing Arts Magazine had a feature story exclusively on MAD Theater, entitled “A Shining Future.” Shih Gee-Tze, its founder as well as artistic director, is the first person in Taiwan that graduated from a fine art university and had worked as an elementary school teacher before entering into the realm of choreography. Medias regarded him highly as a “choreographer that paints with human bodies”. He won the first place of modern dance division and Best Choreography Awards in the National Folk Dance Competition with Thoughts of the Sea, a work created when he was still teaching at an elementary school. Later he choreographed Square after entering the graduate institute of Taipei University of the Arts. The work won him the Best Choreography Award and a scholarship offered by the university.
Since its inception in 1997, MAD Theater has been presenting new pieces of work every year to broaden the body vocabulary of the Oriental, including Three Dynamics, Millennium Ritual, Sandglass, Square, A Fantasy about Bach, Feel and Respond, Zhan Zhuan, Taroko, Grass Mountain, True Man, etc. At the same time, MAD Theater never ceases to challenge itself. Window (2006) and Pet (2007) are attempts to fuse fashion into dance, while Puppet Ballet (2008) and New Puppet Ballet (2009) are works of a “new Taiwan style” that tries to approach Taiwanese folk culture in an innovative and fashionable manner. In recent years, the dance company makes itself conspicuous on international stage. In 2000, it honorably received an invitation from Malaysia’s Department of Culture to participate in its TARI-2000 International Dance Festival, and became the first modern dance company in Taiwan to perform at Brigham Young University in the United States. In 2001, after presenting Feel and Respond together with dancers from Western Australian Performing Arts Academy, MAD Theater was invited by Marnes River Valley Dance Festival to perform Square and a solo dance from Feel and Respond. In 2002, the work entitled Zhan Zhuan was invited by the 5th International Chekhov Theatre Festival in Moscow. They became the center of attention, had considerable coverage in Russian media, and returned home triumphantly.
In 2003, MAD Theater began to work on a series of works under the theme of “Dancing With National Parks”. Taroko was inspired by Taroko Naional Park and Grass Mountain by Yangmingshan National Park. They premiered in October 2003 and November 2004, respectively. One year later, after musing upon a collection of Zhuang’s lecture, MAD Theater came up with True Man, and performed the piece in the 4th Foreign Culture Week in Paris with the invitation of Taiwan’s Council of Cultural Affairs. Again, it was a great success that not only drew the attention of international media and local audience but also won great reviews among critics. “It (True Man) was an inspiring and exciting performance,” remarked Michel Caserta, the artistic director of Marnes River Valley Dance Festival.
In 2006, Shih went to Cite International des Arts as a resident artist. After his return, he choreographed an innovative work, Window. The next year, he pushed the boundary further by bringing animals onstage to perform with the dancers in Pet. It was the first time for MAD Theater’s work to be presented in Chungshan Hall. The ticket sale was record high, and the piece was invited to Guandu Art Festival. In the same year, Shih was invited to participate in the 20th anniversary of National Theatre and Concert Hall with his new work Evolutionism as the only non-Taipei choreographer. In 2008, in collaboration with Taichung Sheng Wu Jhou Puppet Troupe, MAD Theater presented Puppet Ballet, which was invited by Cabrillo College, US, to participate in an exchange activity “The Name of this Dance Changes Every Day” at 418 Project Theatre. San francisco World Journal gave it excellent review and a headline of “an avant-garde dance company”.
As of December 2011, MAD Theater has had 745 international performances and lectures. In 2010, MAD Theater invited Tzu-Yu Chang, the senior dancer of City Contemporary Dance Company of Hong Kong, to serve as a visiting artist and to participate in the choreography of “The Little Green Man,” initiating the Theater’s work with simplistic productions and fabricated with designs. In the same year, MAD Theater was invited to perform at the Eighth Guangdong Modern Dance Week. In 2011, MAD Theater continued its work style of “The Little Green Man” to push out ""Episode I: Be punished if you cross the line: Handle with care, which presented the dance in series.
As the only professional modern dance company in central Taiwan, MAD Theater vows to inject new and fresh ideas into Taiwan’s culture and art in the new century. Based on Taiwan, MAD Theater hopes to dance to every corner of the world and let people around the world see the new performing arts in Taiwan.