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Sayion II

- 2018



Project Type Performance
Client
Taiwan Design Center,  Egret Foundation  
Agency IF PLUS CO., LTD.
Location eslite Performance Hall

Credits :
Director Jeff Hsieh
Art Director Akibo
Technical Consultant Hsin-Chien Huang  
Concept Design Yi-Hsuan Lee
Visual Design Ke-Jyun Wu, Yi-Hsuan Lee
Visual Script Ke-Jyun Wu
Interactive Program Ke-Jyun Wu, IF+
Dancer Lien Hsu
Photographer Terry Lin, 基奇



Egret Foundation and Eslite Performance Hall co-created a real-time interactive media stage play named Sayion in 2015. They received praise all over Taiwan and they worked together again for their brand new interdisciplinary play, Sayion II, in 2018. Other than the upgrade of technical devices, the plot is also different from Sayion, which is about the story of Taiwan. Sayion II has a broader perspective and is constructed with three stories. These stories look independent at first, but they actually bring up the questions about the modern society. They intrigue us to think where we should go and how to live in this world to make our significant moments valuable and unforgotten. The dancer flied high above the stage and the colorful and brilliant background implies the people who feel lost when they realize they can never catch their own selves. The true freedom is the key to listen to your heart and discover what is deep inside your heart.

I am honored and appreciate the invitation from Hsin-Chien Huang, the winner of Best VR Experience Golden Lion Award of Venice Film Festival. He gave me the opportunity to collaborate with various experts – visual artist AKIBO, the director, Chieh-hua Jeff Hsieh, of 2009 World Games in Taiwan and the choreographer Li-Chuan Lin, the former chief dancer of Cirque du Soleil Billy Chang, pianist Chia-Hiu Lu, and the digital platform IF Plus. The project contains the first three chapters in the second story of Sayion II.



白鷺鷥基金會2015年與誠品表演廳共同創作的即時互動多媒體劇《路》,獲得各方好評,耗時三年終於在2018再次推出全新跨界作品《追》,此次除了技術升級,劇情上也有別於《路》說台灣的故事,《追》更具世界性,由「尋」、「迷」、「殉」三段故事建構,看似各自獨立,實則串起當代社會大哉問,探討該往何處去、該如何自處,才能真正地在生命中刻畫痕跡。舞者高空懸吊的舞姿,背景投以絢爛奪目的色彩,展現永遠無法追上自我的迷失,唯有持續往內心深探,才能迎接真正的自由。

這次很榮幸能受威尼斯影展VR最佳體驗金獅獎得主黃心健的邀約與藝術家AKIBO、世大運開幕式導演謝杰樺及編舞家林立川、前太陽劇團首席舞者張逸軍、鋼琴家盧佳慧、 當若科技藝術等各領域菁英一同合作。 此次製作範疇為本劇第二段故事「迷」的前三章完整演出內容。




The Performance






The Technology



New-media Theater means the live performances are created through applied science or technology. The content of New-media Theater differs from each other according to the transmitted information through technological devices. The media that influence the content the most are motion pictures and still images. It is hard to pre-output these images so the real-time synthesis and rendering through computer software are usually applied to the performances. We not only had a breakthrough of the imaging technology but also used motion capture system for real-time motion detection.



新媒體劇場泛指應用科學或者科技的方式去創作的現場演出,此類型劇場通常會藉由科技器材所傳遞的資訊影響演出內容,通常影響最為廣泛的是影像,所以此部分較難以預輸出的方式呈現,往往需用電腦軟體做即時的合成與渲染。此次演出除了影像技術的突破外,更首次導進動捕系統做即時的動作偵測。




3D Motion Tracking
- Xsens MVN


MVN Motion Tracking is an inertia motion capture system which can capture the six degree of freedom of human body and bones in real-time.

The dancers wore MVN’s motion capture suit during the whole performance. The dancers can freely interact with the world, such as spreading particles and disturbing fluid, in the virtual environment due to the linking between the motion tracking system and Unity. After receiving data from the performers, Motions like lifting feet or swaying arms can all be analyzed by the system. These analyses broaden the range of interaction and the dancers are able to throw out photospheres by waving, grow trees by lifting feet, or turn the starry sky by waving hands clockwise.



MVN動作捕捉系統是一套能夠即時捕捉人體及骨骼六個自由度的慣性運動系統。
此次表演的過程中,舞者全程穿戴MVN的動捕衣,透過動捕系統與Unity間的連動,舞者可在無任何約束的情況下與虛擬畫面內的世界做互動,例如潑灑粒子、擾動流體等,更甚者可以於接收到資訊後加以分析,判斷舞者是否有抬腳或者擺動手臂等運動狀況,透過此些分析可令互動有更多可能性,像是揮手即丟出光球、抬腳即長樹或者順時針揮手即轉動星空等等。









Realtime VFX
- Particle System
- 2D Fluid Simulation


We developed two VFX systems –Realtime GPU Particle System and Realtime Fluid Simulation System – as a real-time assistance for simulating and reverting to the original art settings.

The Particle System is a great help on immediately constructing a world based on particles in Unity. Then, the system is able to simulate complicated physical actions, such as the wind, smoke, water, and explosion, through algorithms and creates a dynamic and immersive atmosphere. Fluid Simulation System focuses on the more detailed algorithms of fluid simulation. It makes the mixing process of fluid more meticulous and controllable.

With the help of MVN system and the mentioned systems, the dancers can indirectly affect the visual effects by their movements and postures during the performance.



為了在演出中能即時的模擬與還原最初的美術設定,共開發了兩套VFX系統去做輔助,分別是Realtime GPU Particle System與Realtime Fluid Simulation System。

透過Particle System的輔助,可在Unity內即時的建構出以粒子為基礎的世界,隨後再透過各式演算法的輔助,便可模擬風、煙、水、爆裂等等複雜的物理行為,進而營造出動態感強烈且沉浸感十足的現場氛圍。Fluid Simulation是針對流體模擬做更進一步的演算,使流體混合的過程更加細緻與可控。

藉由MVN系統與上述雙系統的輔助,舞者便能在演出過程中以自身的律動與姿態間接地影響影像內的視覺。








The Concept



The story of the project is that we have to look into our hearts and create our own world step by step when facing the unknown darkness. We gradually became someone else and lost our confident self. Playing, chasing, fighting, and retreating – we can no longer find our beliefs in the resplendent colors. As time goes by, we gain life experiences and finally realize what we have lost is our hearts



「迷」主要講述的是面對未知的黑暗,路上我們需要面對自己,一步一腳印建構起自己的世界。那由自信豢養的自我,卻逐漸變得不像自己。嬉戲、追逐、爭鬥、棄守,在繽紛色彩中找不到曾經的信仰。見山過三重,才知迷的不是路,是「心」。




Chapter One
- Intro


In my hazy memory, I’m blind but sensitive in the dark. I’m not afraid and I want to get closer.
The power of sound evokes the journey. It’s a sound like summon from the outer and like the calling deep in the heart



依稀不清楚的記憶,在黑暗中,眼睛看不到,但感受很清楚,不害怕,想靠近。
聲音的力量喚起這趟旅程。彷彿是外界聲音的召喚,但又似乎是內心聲音的呼喊。




Chapter Two
- Human, the Nature,
and the cycle of time.


Create the sky with your palm and build the mountains and rivers with your steps. Walking brings you time and your every pursuit will end at the origin.



手張就是天空,腳踏就是山河;行走帶來時間,追尋總回源頭。








Chapter Three 
- Lost/One and oneself


People were lost in the splendid space. They and their hearts never catch up themselves.


絢麗的空間迷向,自己與自己的雙人卻怎麼也追不到自己。








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