The article looks into the experiments that Lanling Theatre Workshop (hereafter LTW) conducted, by examining the politics of body in the play Hezhu's New Match (Hezhu xinpei) directed by Jing Shi-chieh. It particularly pays attention to the historical and material condition in which LTW existed with regards to cultural materialism. It investigates cultural politics and discourses of LTW that may closely relate to American alternative theatre in the 1960s, the geopolitics of the Cold War as well as the dispositif and influence of area studies in the post-war era. The article aims to come to terms with the so-called "openness" of the body experiment emphasized and claimed by LTW as a re-articulation of the 1980s Taiwan theatre in the post-war world.
Lanling Theatre Workshop, Hezhu's New Match (Hezhu xinpei), Taiwan Theatre, Cold War