Dionysus' Hangover


concept & performance: River Lin 
12-14 October 2012 
Moon Wine Bar
at CLOSE TO YOU International Puppet Festival Taipei 2012

Dionysus' Hangover    

Dionysus' Hangover was made for CLOSE TO YOU International Puppet Festival Taipei 2012,
curated by Shih Pei-yu, taking place at non-theatrical spaces for presenting experimental puppet
performance and object theatre.

In Dionysus' Hangover, River Lin hosts the last dinner for audience, playing Dionysus-
the god of wine
in Greek mythology,
 with a bottle of wine as his penis as well as the mouth, tearing bread just like
Jesus did. At the end of performance, 
Dionysus takes off his dress (skin), sacrificing himself on the altar.

This performance was inspired by the Moon Wine Bar venue to develop a site-specific work.
For River Lin, in western semiotics, wine and bread as Christian metaphor could be interpreted as blood
and flesh. Wine features in transformative ritual process as common to both Jesus and Dionysus.
It 
therefore serves as the main idea of the work.