In the quiet residential area of Taitung, there is a two-stored gray cottage at the corner of Siwei Road and Tai’an Street. Behind the wooden door is a delicate space bathed in the sunshine. This is "The Corridor", an experimental base for the development of performing arts and self-exploration in Taitung.
The vast space allows each participant to communicate with the creators and with their own hearts. The close interactive performance breaks the boundary between the performers and the audience. They finish the creation together while running and jumping. They smell and taste tea between the table. They occasionally participate in an impromptu while watching the works. The small space, like a dance classroom some says, is perhaps more like a lake with flowing water that receives imagination from all around the world.
“The Corridor” is currently run by three girls who fell in love with Taitung, I-Chi, Lin, Wei-Ling, Hung, and Yi-Xuan, Lin(Glee Lin). When asked why did they want to establish an art space like The Corridor, I-Chi laughed and said, “It's not so much that we want to run such a space, but it's more like that The Corridor takes us along and forms each stage of its identity.”
洄廊這空間其實在之前叫醒醒工作室，比較是偏向教室經營跟瑜珈老師、街舞老師三人共同經營，隨著兩個夥伴離開台東，奕其便繼續承接這個工作室空間。2017年奕其回到了荷蘭找大學時期的老師Pien Vrijhof(劇場表演心理分析師，荷蘭，1954)合作，學習以人與空間的互動關係作為出發點之即興創作表演方法。也在那個時候與現在的夥伴瑋翎有了第一次的合作。一起在荷蘭工作了兩個月，要回台灣前奕其邀請瑋翎一起來到台東這個藝術空間，持續練習所學到的LIVE WORKS表演方法，回來後可以繼續表演、練習、推廣。於是2018年兩人回台灣後就一起把空間轉型改名叫洄廊，往純藝術創作跟展演推廣的方向經營。
The Corridor used to be called Studio Awakening and was more like a classroom. Studio Awakening was run by a manager, a Yoga teacher, and a street dance teacher. As the other two partners left Taitung, I-Chi took on the space. In 2017, I-Chi returned to the Netherlands to work with her professor, Pien Vrijhof (theatre performance psychoanalyst, Netherlands, 1954). She learned the method of improvisation based on the interaction between people and space. At that time, she had her first collaboration with her current partner, Wei-Ling. After working together in the Netherlands for two months, I-Chi invited Wei-Ling to come to this art space in Taitung to continue practicing the LIVE WORKS performance they had learned. In this way, they could continue performing, practicing, and promoting after they had returned to Taiwan. Thus in 2018, they transformed the space and renamed it as The Corridor, operating in the direction of pure art creation and exhibition promotion.
Why is it called The Corridor ( 洄廊 )?
A corridor is a space that connects different rooms in ancient palaces. With this role, we want to connect different art fields, locally and globally. By using the Chinese word “洄”which has a water radical, we imagine that this is a field where water is flowing. Different mixtures of colors allow the energy to meet here.
“At the beginning of the transformation, we didn't set up the operation policy and annual target in such a target-oriented way but ran this place according to our situation. In fact, we just wanted to rehearse ourselves in this place. (laughs)” With the accumulation of energy from practice and creation, I-Chi and Wei-Ling felt that they could share and promote what they were doing to some extent. Hence, the rehearsal space slowly began to open to the public for exhibitions, performances, education, and promotion. Looking back at the opening of The Corridor in September 2018, I-Chi smiled and described how he was touched at that time. “At the beginning of the event, Wei-Ling and I were working with several performers to improvise with the objects in the venue. As the event progressed, all the participants were drawn into the event to improvise with the objects. Some were playing music while others were cutting watermelons. It was a profound feeling that this element has always been what we wanted to pursue. The general public can experience the fun of improvisation and performance, and everyone can enjoy the freedom and reality of the moment.”
In addition to the indoor performance activities, The Corridor also participated in the Taitung Fringe Festival in 2020. We lead the audience to improvise together in the forest of Luan-Shan and the secret place by the sea. The audiences were not just audiences, but also performers. They experienced the joy of improvisation and listened to the beauty of their bodies. “Because of the improvisation, the cohesiveness of each event is very charming.” We encourage each creator who comes to The Corridor to interacts with the audiences so that the live performance will have different levels of cohesiveness and there will always be unexpected events occurring.
“To me, this space is a gift that emerged after I started living in Taitung. I was told, ‘If you lack something, create it yourself.’ In Taitung, there are not as many artistic events as in a big city. But here we can try, experiment, and have time and space for each creator to gain precious field energy.”
The space of The Corridor is like a reliable companion for I-Chi and Wei-Ling, allowing them to practice between reality and ideal, and becoming a link between artistic creation and social community. We can work seriously and joyfully with passion and discover ourselves in curiosity. The space lets everyone find their most real and natural self in the live interaction.
“I think that what we want to protect and sustain together is a kind of vitality and creativity that everyone is born with, which is the source of art. With curiosity about life, people can naturally create numerous possibilities. This kind of energy and state guides everyone to come here to experience and feel. This is what my partners, The Corridor, and I want to conserve.”