PERFORMING ARTS

POETRY, SIZHU and TAIWANESE OPERA:Chai Found Music Workshop 2017 U.S. Music Tour

Introduction “Sizhu”, a type of ensemble arrangement that includes traditional Chinese string and woodwind instruments, has been the most fundamental musical style of Chai Found Music Workshop (CFMW). CFMW’s performance blend multi-directional components, such as Taiwanese folksong, traditional Taiwanese Opera, Mandarin old ballads, modern music, popular music, children’s musical, oriental musical theater and orchestration with ethnic music instruments. In this performance, CFMW will bring to stage various interpretations of sizhu music and showcase the infinite possibilities of this hundreds-year-old genre. In “Classic Sizhu”,CMFW will present a classical repertoire with fresh, noval arrangements; in “Modern Sizhu”, CMFW will perform commissioned works from Taiwanese composers and in “Ppoetry and Taiwanese Opera” the group will integrate lines of classic Tang Poetry into the diverse musical modes of Taiwanese operatic style.. Demonstration Lecture The Expression of Emotion in Traditional Chinese Music Thursday, May 25, 6:00pm Flushing Library (41-17 Main St., Flushing) Huang Chen-Ming with demonstrations by CMFW musicians Concerts POETRY, SIZHU and Taiwanese Opera Fri., May 26, 2:00pm, Mid-Manhattan Library (455 5th Ave, New York, NY 10016), followed by a Q&A session with the musicians Sat., May 27, 3:30pm, Queens Botanical Garden (43-50 Main St, Flushing, NY 11355) free with admission Sun., May 28, …

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2017 Taiwan Culture Month Kicks off May 18

PROGRAM May 18-June MUSIC 音樂會 POETRY, SIZHU AND TAIWANESE OPERA BY CHAI FOUND MUSIC WORKSHOP 采風樂坊絲竹音樂會 Fri., May 26, 2:00pm, Mid-Manhattan Library (455 5th Ave, New York) This performance will be followed by a Q &A session with the musicians. Sat., May 27, 3:30pm, Queens Botanical Garden (43-50 Main St, Flushing) Sun., May 28 afternoon, Passport to Taiwan Festival, Union Square North Sizhu(絲竹), a type of ensemble arrangement that includes traditional Chinese string and woodwind instruments, has been the most fundamental musical style of the Chai Found Music Workshop (hereafter referred to as CFMW). CFMW’s music performances blends multi-directional components, such as including Taiwanese folksongs, traditional Taiwanese Opera, old Mandarin ballads, modern music, popular music, children’s musicals, oriental musical theater, and orchestration, with ethnic musical instruments. In this performance, CMFW will bring to the stage various interpretations of sizhu music and showcase the infinite possibilities of this hundreds-year-old genre. In “Classic Sizhu” CMFW will present a classical repertoire with fresh, novel arrangements; in “Modern Sizhu” CMFW will perform specially commissioned works from Taiwanese composers; while in “Poetry and Taiwanese Opera” the group will integrate lines of classic Tang poetry into the diverse musical modes of Taiwanese operatic style. IMPRESSION FORMOSA—A …

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Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York and Flushing Town Hall In collaboration with Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company Present CrossCurrent IV with 3 outstanding American Immigrant Dance Artists from Taiwan

Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York and Flushing Town Hall (FTH) are pleased to collaborate with Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company to present an unprecedented lineup in CrossCurrent IV, featuring the 3 outstanding dance artists – Nai-Ni Chen, Kun-Yang Lin, and PeiJu Chien-Pott – on Sunday, March 5th at 1 PM. A panel discussion moderated Andy Chiang, Executive Director of Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, will follow the one-hour performance. “We are excited to see the stardom-like lineup of Nai-Ni, Kun-Yang and PeiJu, who are unquestionably among the leading forces of modern dance field in New York and across the country,” says Ellen Kodadek, Executive and Artistic Director of Flushing Town Hall. “We are especially delighted to witness this combination because it represents the quality and passion our immigrant artists can bring to our community.” NAI-NI CHEN established her company in 1988 and has since grown to be one of the most widely toured and presented Asian American dance companies in the United States, with 16 awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, 8 tours abroad and over 30 national tours, reaching 40 states in America. Her works have been commissioned by the Joyce Theatre Foundation, the New Jersey …

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2017 NTSO International Youth Orchestra Camp – Call for auditions

The International Youth Orchestra Camp presented by the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra (hereafter referred to as the NTSO) offers an invigorating environment for outstanding young musicians to take lessons from professional musicians and most sought-after teachers, and to participate in the youth orchestra for performances in major concert halls. All faculty members are renowned musicians from the most elite conservatories and orchestras around the world. Students will have opportunities for private one-on-one instructions, orchestral training, as well as participating in public master classes during the camp. For the 2017 NTSO International Youth Orchestra Camp, NTSO has invited a number of professional musicians to come and share their skills and experiences with the students. Mei-Ann Chen, a Top 30 Influencer in 2015 voted by Musical America’s editors, will serve as the Artistic Director and Conductor, and the violinist Keng-Yuen Tseng, the silver medal winner of Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition 1993, will join the camp as a soloist. In addition, violist Li-Kuo Chang, cellist Nan-Cheng Chen and Yu-Quan Wang, the Principal Horn of VEREINIGTE BÜHNEN WIEN, etc., are all faculty members as well. Advanced musical training is a prerequisite. Applicants born between 1994 and 2003 including foreign nationals and oversea Taiwanese …

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Rigoletto in Peking Opera

Giuseppe Verdi’s class opera Rigoletto re-imagined as a Peking Opera will be showcased at Association of Performing Arts Presenters New York City Conference on January 7. The Jester Artists Bao-Chun Li Taipei Li-Yuan Peking Opera Theater A Peking Opera based on the story of Verdi’s Rigoletto, Li Yong De, the jester, at the ducal court of Man le, secures his position at the court not only by doing jokes and trickery, but also sends beautiful girls to Man Le. Without a way to call for justice, the angered fathers call for curses on the jester. How will the jester protect his innocent daughter? Showcasing Saturday, Jan. 7th Show1-4:30pm Show2-6:30pm OPEN TO APAP BADGE HOLDERS AND PRESENTERS ONLY!

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IN THEATER and B DANCE New York Premiere

Taipei Cultural Center is pleased partner with Japan Society for 17th CONTEMPORARY DANCE SHOWCASE: JAPAN + EAST ASIA with 5 duos from Taiwan, Japan and Korea. FEATURE FIVE DUOS: ▇ YEN-CHENG LIU/IN THEATER’S Tschüss!! Bunny (Taiwan) -North American Premiere ▇ Po-Cheng Tsai/ B Dance’s Hugin/Munin(Taiwan)-North American Premiere ▇ Un Yamada/Co.Un Yamada’s les Noces(The wedding)(Japan)-North American Premiere ▇ Akiko Kitamura & Navid Navab’s TranSenses(Japan)-World Premiere ▇ Heung-Ryeol Jun+ Sang-Man Pyo/JJbrp’s Jimmy & jack (Korea)-North American Premiere Since 1997, Japan Society’s Contemporary Dance Showcase has been a vital incubator for Japanese and East Asian choreographers, introducing them to the U.S. during the annual Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) Conference and serving to launch and support their international careers. A leading platform for the introduction of Japanese choreographers and companies, the Dance Showcase has expanded to frequently include artists and works from the broader East Asian region, including Taiwan and South Korea. Many Dance Showcase “alumni” have gone onto perform in major venues such as Jacob’s Pillow Dance, Walker Art Center, The Kennedy Center, The Joyce Theater and others. Tickets & Information: Friday, January 6 & Satuday 7 at 7:30pm Website: Japan Society

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J CHEN PROJECT ‘s 2016-17 Season Open with Chien-Hao Chang’s New Work PASSES US BY

The J CHEN PROJECT, an all-Asian choreography team, previewed The Shadow and The Like at Dixon Place from September 29th – October 1st. The Shadow and The Like featured an all-Asian team of choreographers, including Taiwan’s choreographer Chien-Hao Chang. The Shadow and The Like unearthed feelings below the surface of curated online personas, bringing attention to the weight of this generation’s quest for digital acceptance. Born from tragedy, redemption and more, J CHEN PROJECT, a NYC-based modern dance company founded in 2008, translates the largest of questions about life via sensual, soulful movement and thought-provoking social engagement. Jessica Chen was inspired to create this dance after learning about the suicide of Madison Holleran, a champion athlete from New Jersey, along with a new study noting the increase of suicide rates among adolescent women in recent years. Chen says, “The Shadow and The Like will use dance to translate unspoken fears in the digital age for a modern audience.” Chien-Hao Chang, a long-time collaborator of Jessica Chen, was the recipient of a travel grant from Ministry of Culture in Republic of China to create work for J CHEN PROJECT’s The Shadow and The Like. Due to additional funding, Chang and Chen …

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Taiwan’s Cloud Gate 2 heads to Fall for Dance with “Beckoning”

Beckoning US Premiere Choreography CHENG Tsung-lung Duration 40 minutes “People can often turn into another identity in one instant. And I am fascinated by how these changes take place on their bodies, expressions and tones,” said CHENG Tsung-lung. Distilling movements subtly from Taiwanese street-dancing ritual of Ba Jia Jiang(the ‘Eight Infernal Generals’), CHENG has created a mysterious zigzag of body language that gives this abstract work a playful and yet poetic quality. This performances of Beckoning are made possible with the support of the Ministry of Cultures, Republic of China, Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York, Asian Cultural Council. Performance information FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7 and SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8 at 8pm Program includes: Cloud Gate 2, Beckoning (US Premiere), Cheng Tsung-Lung along with three other groups of artists, Shantala Shivalingappa, Nederlands Dans Theater, Alessandra Ferri and Herman Cornejo, Venue: New York City Center (131 West55th Street between6th and7th Avenues). Ticket Sales: NYCityCenter.org About CLOUD GATE 2:  Cloud Gate 2 was formed in 1999 by Lin Hwai-min, Founder and Artistic Director of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, with the late LO Man-fei, a choreographer and former Cloud Gate dancer, as its Artistic Director.After LO’s passing in 2006, Lin acted …

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Nanguan Concert:”Song of the Pipa-Lute”

Sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Republic of China, Taipei Cultural Center will host a special performance Song of the Pipa-Lute by Xinxin Nanguan Ensemble on Wednesday Sept. 28 at Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York. The Nanguan genre of music in Taiwan is one of the oldest and most exquisite forms of surviving traditional music. The Xinxin Nanguan Ensemble was founded by Wang, Xin-Xin for the preservation, study, and promulgation of this ancient art form. Xinxin Nanguan sows the seeds in today’s contemporary artistic garden, keeping this traditional form blooming with its abundant cultural heritage, as well as appeasing the restless minds of the present. XinXin Nanguan Ensemble has chosen not to cling to tradition, as it continues to draw on its professionalism to create new innovations in musical style, artistic theme, and stage design.Every year, it is able to produce stunning and fresh Nanguan performances. Some of XinXin Nanguan Ensemble’s important performances are as follows: singing and playing for Yangexing (Sumptuous Feasting Song)–Liyuan Classical Dance and Music, Beauties at Stroll, and Romance of Lychee Mirror by the Han Tang Yuefu Ensemble, 《Recital of songs Nanguan》at the National Concert Hall, Yangexing (Sumptuous Feasting Song)–Liyuan Classical Dance and …

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