November06 2024 (Wed)
8:00 PM

This Is Not an Embassy (Made in Taiwan) - Prague Crossroads Festival

Drama with English, Czech and French subtitles

Laterna magika - The New Stage | National Theatre drama with subtitles

100 minutes | Available

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Date: November 06, 2024 | 20:00 (Wed)
Venue: Laterna magika - The New Stage
Duration: 100 minutes
Status: Available
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This Is Not an Embassy (Made in Taiwan)

In English and Chinese, surtitles in English, Czech, French

Geologically, Taiwan is part of the “Pacific Ring of Fire”, a seismically particularly active zone on the edge of the Pacific, where huge tectonic plates collide, leading to frequent major earthquakes. The island’s political stability is similarly fragile and it is in danger of being crushed between power blocs and agitation. 

In 1945, Taiwan became a founding member of the United Nations and a full member of the Security Council as “Republic of China”. In 1971, however, Richard Nixon re-established relations between the US and mainland China, and the “Republic of China” had to leave the UN. Ever since, Taiwan has struggled to find diplomatic recognition. Only a dozen of its diplomatic missions around the globe have embassy status. Although Taiwan has many international friends and trading partners, no nation can afford to break with China as an industrial power, and so Taiwan is not recognised by Germany or any other European country except the Vatican. In other words, Taiwan is just the most visible representative of this global dilemma.

In this situation, Taiwan has developed a new form of foreign policy which allows it to create networks with others under the radar of official diplomacy, through NGOs and trade relations. In the theatre, we are familiar with pretending. How would a representation of Taiwan work onstage? Which flag, which anthem and which ritual would be appropriate for our time?

Along with Taiwanese artists, Stefan Kaegi conducted research during a seven-week residency at the Taipei National Theatre, talking to diplomats, geologists, technicians from the semi-conductor industry, politicians and business people. Three of them will be on stage in This Is Not An Embassy (Made in Taiwan): a retired ambassador, a digital activist, and a musician and heiress of a bubble tea empire.

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