Forging Resilient Theater: Zuoying Elderly Care Center as a Site for Memory Re-collections and Story Narrations


Having been an aging society, Taiwanese authorities have widely set up community care centers and related courses to assist elders with care, so as to achieve the goal of delaying aging. The old Zuoying district in Kaohsiung city is an early historical settlement, rich in historical sites and multiple cultures. In the process of modernization, the district has been an aging society due to the migration of young generations. Studying on resilience and inhabitability of old Zuoying district, this research chooses Zuoying Elderly Care Center as a tentacle for discovering local problems and living potentials. From the viewpoint of humanistic innovation and social engagement, this research project has run some courses in artistic practice to share local humanity and environmental ideas with community elders. In the course of “Multimedia Creation”, an issue of ‘My Ideal Home’ is firstly proposed for participants to rebuild their identification with old Zuoying. Elders could thus share their stories and narrate relevant histories of the community in co-working on scene models related to the places. Based on interactive experiences in the courses, which evokes participants’ story-telling and re-builds their identification with local places, this paper argues that this caring center can be regarded as a medium for forging resilient “theater” due to potential cognitive therapies for elders. From the viewpoint of the city as theater and through the process of memory recalling, this article will finally explore how the notion of theatrical therapy and the mode of resilient theater can be projected to urban scale.

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Ching-pin Tseng, National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan

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Conference: ECAH2023
Stream: Arts - Performing Arts Practices: Theater

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Tseng C. (2023) Forging Resilient Theater: Zuoying Elderly Care Center as a Site for Memory Re-collections and Story Narrations ISSN: 2188-1111 – The European Conference on Arts & Humanities 2023: Official Conference Proceedings
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