Adapted from Franz Kafka – Metamorphosis

One morning, Gregor wakes up to discover that he has transformed into a bug, freaking out his parents, his sister, and his manager. Cold-heartedly, his father drives him away with a stick. Bleeding, the bug falls back to the room and the door is slammed shut on him. His sister is the first one to visit him, and she brings him food too. After eating, the bug climbs up the ceiling for some fresh air and for a view of the grey sky outside the window. While preventing his beloved picture of a woman from being removed by his sister and mother, the bug falls and injures himself. Furthermore, he is attacked by his father with apples. An apple sinks into his back. Having lost their provider, Gregor’s family has to work hard. Seeing Gregor, the borders at their house also want to move out. At last Gregor’s family wants to get rid of him. In the end, Gregor breathes his last while thinking about his family with tender affection. His sacrifice brings hope and future to his family.

Wu Hsing-kuo’s return (in Edinburgh International Festival), with one-man show based upon Franz Kafka’s great novella Metamorphosis, brought unexpected (illustration of ) drama. The actor’s renowned skill in movement, combined with beautiful live music, creates moments of great spectacle. – Herald Scotland

WU Hsing-Kuo
Artistic Director
Wu was trained at Fu-Hsing Chinese Opera School and the Theatre Department of Chinese Culture University. A versatile performing artist, Wu Hsing-kuo crosses the fields of traditional opera, dance, modern theatre, cinema, and television. He is currently a professor in the graduate program of drama at National Taiwan University of Arts.
The UK Times lauded Wu’s remarkable performance “which reminds us of the English famous actor Lawrence Olivier.” The UK Guardian acclaimed him as “Taiwanese answer to Orson Welles.” The Japanese Daily Yomiuri also praised Wu’s creation as strong and deep, “besides, his excellent techniques enrich the layers of play.”

In 2007 and 2008, Wu was twice invited by New York’s Metropolitan Opera to perform with the well- known opera singer Placido Domingo in the acclaimed production The First Emperor by Tan Dun. A holistic performing artist exemplifying total theatre, Wu continues to challenge himself.

His influence is wide and profound. He is the winner of Taiwan’s National Literary and art Award in 2011, and the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres-Chevalier in 2011.


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