The First Time I Walked on the Moon


Embrace the Mysterious
Step into the Unknown

It is a fantasy that extends beyond cultures, borders, gender, and age… The dream to counteract the pull of gravity, lift your feet from the ground, and ascend. We long for this sense of weightlessness, this shedding of our burdens, this lightness of being. the first time I walked on the moon is a performance that explores this desire for the magical and the miraculous, this desire to escape from the monotony of everyday life and step into the unknown.

We have all seen the images of Neil Armstrong’s historic first step onto the surface of the moon on July 21, 1969 that was broadcast around the world. Set against the backdrop of social and political unrest around the world, this trip to the moon was a heroic statement that even though we were mired in violence and self-inflicted horrors, we could elevate ourselves out of these nightmares and aspire for the heavens. If man could travel almost 240,000 miles and return safely to tell his tales, what else could we accomplish?

Of course, most of us no longer dream about walking on the moon. It is not just gravity that keeps us bound to the earth; it is the weight of responsibilities, of life. This performance is a celebration of the wonder of possibility, an embracing of our childhood ability to imagine the unimaginable…

Director │ Craig Quintero

As the Artistic Director of the Taipei-based Riverbed Theatre Company, Craig has written and directed over forty original image-based performances, including productions at Theatre Mouffetard (Paris), Alte Teuerwache (Mannheim), the Esplanade Studio Theatre (Singapore), and Telus Theatre (Vancouver). He is also a sculptor and installation artist whose work has been shown at the Asian Biennial, Venice Biennale, and Kobe Biennale. Craig is currently the Chair and an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Grinnell College.


  • Director&Stage Design/ Craig Quintero
  • Producer/ YEH Su-ling
  • Animation Design/ CHENG Bang-wei, HOU Yi-pei
  • Video Design/ SU Hui-yu,LAN Yuan-hun,HUANG Wei-xuan
  • Lighting Design/ LIAO Wen-ling
  • Music Design / John Rommereim
  • Scenic Artist / Carl Johnson
  • Costume Design/ CHEN Val
  • Performers/ CHUNG Li-mei,SUNG Vera etc.
  • Duration: approx. 60 minutes without intermission. Latecomer will not be admitted.
  • The age guidance for this production is 16+.
  • This production contains adult themes and haze effects. Audience discretion is advised.
  • The audiences will be seated at the height of 3 meters or so. Audience discretion is advised for people with acrophobia.
  • Post-talk: 3/11(Sun.) at Rehearsal Studio #1 in the National Theater.