PlayBuilders of Hawai’i Theatre Company produced the Hawai’i premiere of re ad dressing FAIRYTALE, a dance theatre piece choreographed by PlayBuilder’s 2015 Visiting Artist, SheenRu Yong, and featuring the PlayBuilders Ensemble (P.EN). Previously staged and performed in Taiwan and NYC, this new rendition was created specifically for the Oʻahu public in collaboration The Leeward Theatre.
Part physical theatre, dance, improv comedy, and frenzied fashion show, of re ad dressing FAIRYTALE is a different-every-time live spinning of classic and offbeat tales. Do fairytales ever come true? How do will we find our way to happily ever after? Our fates may very well be in your hands.
At once tongue-in-cheek, bittersweet and thought-provoking, this entertaining take on fairytales will have you both laughing and crying, re ad dressing your own stories. We all know how to talk story, but what happens when stories start talking back? Once upon a time . . .
Sheenru Yong, 2015 Artist-in-Residence & Choreographer
After receiving her BA at Wesleyan University, SheenRu danced and choreographed in New York City and Taipei, where she also received full scholarship for her MFA in Choreography at Taipei National University of the Arts. While dancing and touring internationally with world-renowned Legend Lin Dance Theatre, she choreographed and headed several community collaborative projects in Taipei, most notably The Re-source Project. In 2009, SheenRu foundedbody portal theatre, a platform which seeks to honor and develop the creative potentials of the individual, collective, and environmental bodies we inhabit. A fellowship recipient of the Asia-Pacific Leadership Program at the East-West Center in 2013-2014, she was moved by the many stories and issues about Water she heard while in Hawaiʻi. Under the auspices of Taiwan’s LuoManFei Dance Fund and the Taiwan Ministry of Culture, SheenRu is now spearheading FLOOD / turn the tide, a cross-cultural collaboration and exchange to create an original work and then to bring the same process to foster similar resonance and creative action in Taiwan.
About the PlayBuilders Visiting Artist Program
The PlayBuilders Visiting Artist program began in 2015 with our first visiting artist from the USA/Taiwan, Sheenru Yong, who will be in residence from January to April. The program aims to bring some of the best community-collaborative artists to O’ahu to share their expertise with our island ‘ohana and to exchange ideas. Visiting artists conduct training workshops with PlayBuilders Ensemble (P.EN) members and will develop a production with community members during their time with the company. PlayBuilders’ Visiting Artists are pre-selected by PlayBuilders staff members and invited to the company based on their experience and expertise creating community-collaborative performances.