Theatrical director WANG Chia-Ming of Shakespeare Wild Sisters Group was invited by creative director, Marie Colin, to perform his show Dear Life the at the Festival d’Autome à Paris. The breakthrough 2019 performance marked the first time in 48 years of the Festival d’Autome à Paris that a Taiwanese artist was invited to step onto this global stage.
WANG Chia-Ming looked to Dear Life a short story written by Alice Munro, a Nobel Laureate in Literature, as creative inspiration for his latest work where he adapts the novel to tell four short stories set in Taoyuan, Taiwan. The piece introduced unique aspects of Taiwanese culture, including galvanized iron houses, Jitong spiritual mediums, and puppetry to French audiences.
The four short stories describe trials and tribulations in the lives of dozens of people. Marie Colin believes that the piece inherently transcends linguistic and cultural barriers by touching on humanity and universal values; and whether in terms of love, aging, or death, "C'est la vie."