PERFORMING ARTS

Next Wave Festival 2015 opens with Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan’s Rice, Sep 16—19

The company celebrates its 40th anniversary with a lyrical tribute to the land and the people that nourishes it Brooklyn, NY/August 3, 2015—Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, “Asia’s leading contemporary dance theatre” (The Times, UK), returns to BAM with Rice, which its Artistic Director Lin Hwai-min choreographed to mark the company’s 40th anniversary. In Rice, a lone dancer enters the dark stage. As he steadily walks across it, dangling a long bamboo stick held horizontally, the back curtain gradually rises to reveal a video image of rain-soaked soil. The video, filmed on location over the full cycle of rice cultivation, transforms the bare stage into the organic rice paddies of Chihshang in southeastern Taiwan. Moving against this sumptuous vista, 24 dancers create a movement-scape that evokes the images of farmers, rice stalks, pollination, water, wind, fire, and the pain and joy of new life. Lin Hwai-min has referenced rice in his previous works, mostly notably Legacy (1978) and Songs of the Wanderers (1994, performed at the Next Wave Festival in 2000). But Rice is more abstract and lyrical. Its movements are a synthesis of Western modern dance, ballet, and martial arts. The alternation of Hakka folk songs, drumming, and …

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Planet IndigenUS 4 will present “Bulareyaung Dance Company” from August 7th to 9th

Planet IndigenUS returns to Harbourfront Centre and Woodland Cultural Centre, its co-producing partner, July 31 – August 9. This contemporary 10-day festival showcases over 300 Indigenous artists from around the globe. Bulareyaung Dance Company is one of them from Taiwan, which is invited to the stages of Harbourfront Centre with its featured works “La Song”. This production is organized by Harbourfront Centre, and is made possible with the support by the Ministry of Culture in Taiwan, and Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York. Bulareyaung Dance Company is going to present Amis Tribe traditional songs and dance – Sa’aniwan Village. Amis tribe is the most populous of all the indigenous tribes of Taiwan. The New Year Ceremony of the Amis is Called Ilisin, which purpose is to venerate the spirits and tribal ancestors as a way of thanking them for their protection and praying for a good harvest in the coming year. The singing and dancing are a necessary element of Ilisin; for the Amis people believe that the more enthusiastic and spectacular their singing and dancing are, the better their crop harvest will be in the year ahead. The form of the singing is that one person leads …

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Dancing for the Camera – Artist Talk with PeiJu Chien-Pott, Jye-Hwei Lin, I-Ling Liu and Lois Greenfield

Artist Talk with Lois Greenfield joined by PeiJu Chien-Pott, Jye-Hwei Lin and I-Ling Liu Moderated by Paul Galando Presented by Taipei Cultural Center in New York Supported by Dance Films Association Friday, August 7, 2015 at 6:30PM Taiwan Academy, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York 1 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017 Extraordinary Taiwanese dancers PeiJu Chien-Pott, Jye-Hwei Lin, and I-Ling Liu share their experience of dancing for the camera, and in conversation with legendary photographer Lois Greenfield who has photographed these dancers for her UPCOMING BOOK, “ MOVING STILL”. The Talk is moderated by Paul Galando, the Founding Director of Tisch Dance and New Media, and supported by Dance Films Association. Dance films by Taiwanese artists Kuo-Heng Huang, Ji-Hong Lee, Jye-Hwei Lin, Wen-Chung Lin, Hsiao-Ying Peng and Yun-Ting Tsai are featured in the Talk. Free Admission RSVP at http://goo.gl/forms/wl6xyj3LWV

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Passport Thursdays Outdoor International Dance, Music & Film Series —Taiwan Night on 7/23

The Queens Museum’s summertime staple, Passport Thursdays: International Dance, Music, and Film Series, returns for another exciting season featuring some of the many international locales that fuel Queens’ cultural and artistic vitality. This year’s adventure includes stops in the Caribbean, Taiwan, India, Colombia, Korea, and South Africa. The “Taiwan Night” on 7/23 is a collaboration between Queens Museum and Taipei Cultural Center to introduce Taiwanese culture to the residents in Flushing, NY. This event brings to the area highly selective programs – one in music and one in movie: Music: Taiwanese Music Ensemble of New York Founded by Taiwanese-American guqin player Shih-hua (Judy) Yeh, the ensemble was organized by a group of professional musicians and performed widely around Eastern United States. The ensemble is also dedicated to the education of young people, performing frequently in the neighborhood. Artists: Yimin Miao(Dizi & Xiao) Shih-hua Judy Yeh(Guzheng & Guqin) Roy Luo(Erhu) Yimin Miao Dizi / Xiao Yimin Miao is an internationally renowned Chinese woodwind virtuoso. He is the founder of the Ba Ban Chinese Music Society of New York. When Miao was nine years old, he started studying dizi privately with Mr. YU Xunfa, the most celebrated musician in China. Miao is …

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Taiwan artists participate in 2015 Experimental Film Virginia

Launched in 2013-2014, Experimental Film Virginia is a celebration and an exploration, an art-soaked film-making festival on Virginia’s Eastern Shore in the town of Cape Charles. All of its events are free and open to the public. EFV is an innovative, entrepreneurial festival created by artists that benefits local community culture and business while offering international artists a glimpse of a small town, genuine American experience. The process involves students, dancers, filmmakers, sound designers and creatives from all over the world making films inspired by the people and historic spaces of the beautiful lower Eastern Shore. The result is a collection of unique films, each one a snapshot of an ever-changing landscape as historic places, abandoned sites, and natural spaces. The films become an archive, a tangible collection of artifacts that preserve and capture the historic and natural beauty of Virginia. The films premiere in the historic Palace Theatre in Cape Charles followed by screenings in New York City, Turin, and Hong Kong. EFV creates an annual celebration and gathering of diverse people, local and foreign, in an unlikely, but precious, small town. EFV hope to stir things up and play a role in preserving, honoring, rivitalizing, recharging and boosting …

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MISE-EN MUSIC FESTIVAL 2015—A Five-Day New Music Festival in Manhattan and Brooklyn, NY, June 10- June 14

Featuring: ensemble mise-en, Iktus Percussion, Dead Language and Rhythm Method String Quartet Performances and Events will be hosted by: the cell (June 10), Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America (June 11), MISE-EN_PLACE Bushwick (June 12), Taipei Cultural Center in New York (June 13) and Roulette (June 14) Concerts June 10: ensemble mise-en @ the cell (8pm) June 11: Hans Abrahamsen Portrait / ensemble mise-en @ Scandinavia House (8pm) June 12: Dead Language + Rhythm Method @ MISE-EN_PLACE Bushwick (8pm) June 13: New Music Marathon (ensemble mise-en / Iktus Percussion / Dead Language / Rhythm Method) @ Taipei Cultural Center in New York (4-10pm) June 14: Luka Ligeti Portrait / ensemble mise-en @ Roulette (5:30pm) Workshops June 10: Workshop I @ MISE-EN_PLACE Bushwick (10am-12pm) June 11: Workshop II @ MISE-EN_PLACE Bushwick (10am-12pm) June 12: Workshop III @ Taipei Cultural Center in New York (12-2pm) NEW YORK, NY — ensemble mise-en is excited to announce MISE-EN MUSIC FESTIVAL 2015, which will be presented in collaboration with Iktus Percussion, Dead Language, Rhythm Method String Quartet and more than 30 international composers. The works of these composers were selected from the festival’s call for scores, which yielded 737 submissions by 602 composers from …

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Taiwanese twin dancers and choreographers, Hsiao-Wei Hsieh and Hsiao-Ting Hsieh, present InTW new season

Hsiao-Wei Hsieh and Hsiao-Ting Hsieh, twin dancers and choreographers from Taiwan and founders of InTW will produce their second independent show on June 27, 28 at Martha Graham Studio Theater. InTW was founded by Hsiao-Wei Hsieh and Hsiao-Ting Hsieh in 2014. Their work has been performed in New York City at Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, the Ailey Citigroup Theater, Triskelion Arts, Roxbury Arts Center, Slavatore Capezia Theater and Bonnie Bird Theatre in London. InTW produces thoughtful, poetic and ambitious dance productions and take human themes into choreography. The dance language in their choreography is rooted in Hsiao-Wei & Hsiao-Ting’s own culture, modern dance training, movement analysis by Rudolf Laban and their fascination with storytelling. InTW is awarded by several residency programs including The Field Artist Residency Space, Djerassi Resident Artists Program and CUNY Dance Initiative. Hungry Candy was their dance film while Hsiao-Wei and Hsiao-Ting had one-month residency in Djerassi Residency Artists Program. Inspired by natural scene and art work, they developed a dance bases on the story of “ Hansel and Gretel”. Before Sunrise, was inspired by the Sunflower Movement happened in Taiwan on March in 2014, which students occupied the government building and fight against with the …

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Vincent Hsu Trio at Taiwan Academy

2015 Homeland to New York—Vincent Hsu’s Jazz Original Night Taiwan Academy will be presenting a night of Vincent Tsung-Yu Hsu’s jazz originals with his special New York trio at 7:30pm on May 13th at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York. This not to be missed concert is open to the jazz aficionados and general public alike. Please RSVP for complimentary admission. We’re cordially inviting you to join us for the fresh sound of jazz from Taiwan and journey through Vincent Hsu’s musical homeland. This spring, Vincent is returning to New York with his award-winning debut album, “Homeland,” which won the “Best Jazz Album of the Year” by the 2014 Golden Indie Music Award in Taiwan. During this trip to New York, Vincent is also collaborating with two jazz veterans, Harold Danko and Billy Drummond for his latest recording project. These three outstanding musicians are invited by Taiwan Academy to present a special trio performance and share Vincent Hsu’s stories about jazz and beyond. Vincent Hsu arrived in New York at the age of 25 and bought his first double bass. At the age of 28, he gave his first public performance. At 31, he wrote his first …

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2015 Traditional Music Concert at Taiwan Academy—The Charms of Silk and Bamboo

Taipei Cultural Center will present Taiwan Traditional Music Concert on April 16th at Taiwan Academy. Once again we sincerely invite you to attend our concert. Artists: Wei-yang (Andy) Lin(Erhu) Yimin Miao(Dizi & Xiao) Shih-hua Judy Yeh(Guzheng & Guqin) Joy Chi Wang(Piano, Noseflute & Ruan) Date: Thursday, April 16th at 2:00 P.M. Venue: Taiwan Academy (1 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017) Free Admission, RSVP required, or please e-mail to 0573@tpecc.org Wei-yang (Andy) Lin Wei-Yang Andy Lin, born in Taiwan, holds his Bachelor and Master’s Degrees from The Juilliard School. He has won Top Prize in the Juilliard Viola Concerto Competition and subsequently made his Avery Fisher Hall solo debut. Mr. Lin is currently the artistic director of the New Asia Chamber Music Society and the New York Formosa Choir. He has performed the erhu solo part at the U.S. Premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell Davie’s “Kommilitonen!” with the Juilliard Opera Production, as well as the world premiere of Jeeyoung Kim’s “Engraft” for solo erhu and string orchestra with Solisti Ensemble at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall. He was recently invited by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra to play the solo erhu part in “Iris dévoilée” by Chen Qi-Gang in Milwaukee and …

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