Photos of colorful, brightly-lit stages in Taiwan shot at night or in the early morning hours by photographer Shen Chao-Liang. Since the 1970s, Taiwan has developed its own cabaret culture, different from western countries, and in order to move conveniently around the country, they perform in these "truck theaters" that have evolved through the years in terms of form and content. Due to the rising popularity of television variety shows, the singers and dancers have had to keep upgrading their performing skills and diversifying their formats. According to Shen, the moving stage is "regarded as an integral part of the performance that can attract a considerate number of people. When a show is deemed a success, the owner or organizer of the cabaret will receive invitations from around the country."
This photographing project started in early 2005 with an intention to record the important culture of Taiwan that has witnessed countless changes as Taiwan gradually developed into a modern economy. Among the various cabaret artists I recorded with my camera and had interviews with, most of them have other professions and different “social status”when off stage, such as school teachers, college students, or bank clerks. Underneath their colorful make up and sexy luxurious costume, they are only simple normal people who have their dreams and hopes for a better life. This finding presents a gap from the general perception of cabaret artists in Taiwan.