Bangsokol What do you see?—Contemporary Art from Taiwan 2018 UR Open Call Power, Haunting and Resilience on View Aug 19 to Dec 17
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Since 2010, LunarFest has evolved into a festival that invites communities to co-create, collaborate and build programs like no other place. This winter cities across Canada, including Vancouver, Mississauga, and Cortney are bound to make the Year of the Dog celebration bigger, better, and more fun. The Lantern of the Blessings was inspired by a popular attraction in Pingxi, Taiwan where thousands of sky lanterns are launched to the sky by residents and tourists. For the first time, LunarFest partners with Oakridge Centre to reveal the world’s first Tunnel of the Blessings where 888 lanterns will be available to carry good wishes for visitors. “People are invited to pick a lucky lantern, make good wishes and have them ordained in the tunnel until Feb 25th,” Charlie Wu, the festival’s managing director, explained this new ritual. While at Oakridge, “The Perfect year of the Dog” exhibit will see crowds trying to rub good luck off from the 10 large golden dog sculptures. The importance of the moon for the agricultural society in the old days gave the foundation of the Lunar New Year tradition. Lots of arts, folktales and lifestyles have all been inspired by the moon. “Moon Crawl” is a …

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The Taiwanese documentary on body donation, THE SILENT TEACHER, by emerging Taiwanese filmmaker Maso Chen, will have its U.S. premiere with the director in person at this year’s Doc Fortnight on Friday, Feb 16, 2018 at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Maso Chen’s first full-length documentary, THE SILENT TEACHER, tells the story of body donation for medical training and research from the perspective of the donor’s family and the medical students who dissect her cadaver in anatomy classes. This deeply moving film captures an extraordinary level of respect not usually seen in Western medicine as the students delve far beyond the study of human anatomy and explore the deeper meaning that exists in love, life, death and the afterlife. Selected for 2017 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival, this film will be presented at Doc Fortnight 2018, MoMA’s 17th annual international festival of nonfiction film, running from Feb 15 through 26, 2018. Visit MoMA for more information. ABOUT THE DIRECTOR Maso Chen believes shooting documentaries is a way to help people understand each other and society. He is the first Taiwanese director to have worked with the Al Jazeera TV for My Father, My Mother. FILM AND DESCRIPTIONS …

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Legend Lin Dance Theatre The Eternal Tides Dates: 01/20 20:00 pm National Arts Centre, Ottawa 01/24~01/27 20:00 pm Theatre Maisonneuve, Montreal 02/03 20:00 pm Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver Legend Lin Dance Theatre is world-renowned for its style of ritual theatre, was founded by Lin Lee-Chen, one of the World’s Eight Greatest Contemporary Choreographer selected by European television station ARTE in 2002. After the Trilogy of Heaven, Earth and Man in the Mirrors of Life, Anthem to the Fading Flowers, and Song of Pensive Beholding, her latest dance work “The Eternal Tides” was premiere in 2017. The Eternal Tides is a momentous occasion—an adventure in beauty. In the worldwide debut, choreographer Lin Lee-Chen folds age-old rituals, customs and ceremonial rites into her radical vision, and the result is epic. The show is, above all, a tribute to water: the ocean that encloses the island of Taiwan, and the cycle of renewal it is part of. Using song, dance and striking stage design, Lin evokes the mythology of these elements. You might call it spiritual environmentalism—a tribute to nature as it was, and might be again. With its large ensemble of dancers and musicians, the show has an intoxicating power. Lin carries …

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Taipei Cultural Center in New York is proud to announce the 2018 open call for two Taiwanese artists for a four-month residency each at Residency Unlimited (RU) in New York City. Artists that specialize in visual arts and performance arts, as well as curators are encouraged to submit their applications. Applications are due February 7, 2018. This program is generously supported by the Ministry of Culture, Republic of China (Taiwan). The residency covers round-trip air tickets to and from New York City, a monthly allowance of $2000 to cover living costs during the residency, and a $1000 exhibition production stipend. RU, a non-profit art organization established in New York in 2009, supports the creative process and promotes exchange through its unique residency program and year-round public programs. Moving beyond the traditional studio model, RU forges strategic partnerships with collaborating institutions to offer flexible and customized residencies to meet individual goals and needs. RU is particularly committed to promoting multidisciplinary practices and building lasting connections between residents and the broader arts community. Apart from the aforementioned stipends from the MoC, this program also provides: • Access to RU’s shared, co-working space at 360 Court Street in Brooklyn. Individual studios are NOT …

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The talk, co-organized by the Taipei Cultural Center in New York and the “Keep Taiwan Free Volunteer Group,” has invited eight Taiwanese who participated in UN for Taiwan activities to share their experiences and the process of voicing support for Taiwan’s international participation. This year they have also organized some creative ways to help New York residents and tourists become more aware of Taiwan. These include an interesting art installation, several outdoor lectures, and hosting the first ever Taiwan Bubble Tea Festival in Manhattan. From the “Keep Taiwan Free” parade to “Why Taiwan Matters”, we welcome more overseas Taiwanese people and international friends to join in and help Taiwan market itself to the world. Event Info: Talk Topic: Why Taiwan Matters and How to Market Taiwan by Creativity Time: Friday, Dec 8, 2017, 6:30-8:00pm Venue: Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York (1 East 42nd St.) Speaker: Alex Chang | Jenny Wang | Shawn Lin | Hong Tien Lai | Borcheng Hsu | Eason Wu | Robin Lee | Chung-Wei Lee This event is free and open to the public. RSVP is required. (Please click HERE to RSVP.)

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Bangsokol: A Requiem for Cambodia Commissioned by Cambodian Living Arts Co-Commissioned by Taipei Philharmonic Foundation, BAM 2017 Next Wave Festival, and Arts Centre Melbourne Directed and designed by Rithy Panh Music by Him Sophy Libretto by Trent Walker Two survivors of the Khmer Rouge—composer Him Sophy and filmmaker Rithy Panh (The Missing Picture)—attempt to return dignity to their country’s dead with this musical ritual remembering the Cambodian genocide. Against cinematic evocations of this bruised history, Bangsokol: A Requiem for Cambodia recruits the Metropolis Ensemble, the Taipei Philharmonic Chamber Choir, and traditional Khmer vocalists and instruments—ancient harps, flutes, and the xylophone-like roneat pluah—to mourn the nearly two million forgotten souls. Mellifluous Buddhist smot chanting and other all-but-extinct Khmer musical forms are woven throughout a procession that moves from the heavens to the killing fields, culminating in a plea to recognize impermanence as the only path to peace. Film by Rithy Panh Stage direction by Gideon Obarzanek Music direction and conducting by Andrew Cyr Lighting design by Bosco Shaw Costume design by Romyda Keth Music developed in collaboration with Metropolis Ensemble Original idea by Charley Todd Produced by THE OFFICE performing arts + film. Additional support provided by The Rainbow Initiative, Ministry of Culture Taiwan (R.O.C.), Ford Foundation …

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Re-Re-positioning the Present Dates: Dec.5, 2017-Feb. 16, 2018 Venue: ISCP (1040 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211) Opening Reception: Dec. 5, 2017, 6-8pm Re-Re-positioning the Present is an exhibition curated by ISCP alumna Hsiang-Ning Huang in ISCP’s Project Space, featuring work by the contemporary Taiwanese artist known as “Shake.” The exhibition aims to address the complex political reality of Taiwan, historically located on the boundaries of different empires. During a half century of Japanese colonization from 1895-1945, Taiwan served as a base for Japan to maneuver to the south. Having just received a new group of rulers after WWII, Taiwan soon became involved in another war and assumed the role of a military base at sea as the world entered the Cold War. “MacArthur described Taiwan as ‘an unsinkable aircraft carrier’ on the Pacific Ocean in a 1950 statement. It referred to the notion that this island could be a military base, a fortress, a piece of moving territory on the sea. However, wo was commanding this aircraft carrier if Taiwan were one?” the artist asks in her statement. During Japan’s colonial rule, the Japanese mobilized and gathered a massive number of soldiers, fleets, aircrafts, weaponry, and provisions on the island, apparently treating it as an aircraft …

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