PERFORMING ARTS

CLOUD GATE 2016 U.S. TOUR

About CLOUD GATE DANCE THEATRE OF TAIWAN Lin Hwai-min, Founder and Artistic Director Taipei, Taiwan RICE “One of the finest dance companies in the world” –The Globe and Mail “Watching Cloud Gate, you are gently seduced into rethinking your ideas about dance.” –The Washington Post Praised for lighting “the way to a new vocabulary in dance, one that reaches back to ancient wisdom and ahead to future fruitfulness, with a cool, unforced yet insistent power” (The Washington Post), artistic director Lin Hwai-min brings his acclaimed contemporary dance troupe back to the Center for the first time since 2010. In celebration of his company’s 40th anniversary in 2013, Lin created Rice to honor the land that has nurtured “Asia’s leading contemporary dance theatre” (The Times, London). It was inspired by the energy and resplendence of Chihshang in the East Rift Valley of Taiwan, home of “Emperor’s Rice.” The piece is set to the music of Hakka folk songs, the oldest among the existing Chinese dialects; operatic arias; and sounds from the fields against a video backdrop that depicts the life cycle of rice. 01.22~23, 2016/UC Berkeley Zellerbach Hall, CA 01.29-31, 2016/The Music Center, LA 02.02/UC Santa Barbar, The Granada Theatre, CA …

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2016 Taiwan Rising Stars Classical Music Concert

Taiwan Academy Presents Formosa Quartet Saturday, February 20th, 2016, 4:30 PM TECO (1 East 42 Street, New York NY10017) Free Admission, RSVP required, or please e-mail to 0573@tpecc.org Program Heights and Depths 1. Beethoven: String Quartet in F major, Op. 59 No. 1 2. Shih-Hui Chen: Returning Souls* 3. Dana Wilson: Hungarian Folk Songs* *commissioned by the Formosa Quartet Jasmine Lin, 1st violin Wayne Lee, 2nd violin Born Lau, viola Clancy Newman, cello Formosa Quartet: Winners of the First Prize and the Amadeus Prize at the London International String Quartet Competition in 2006, the Formosa Quartet is “one of the very best quartets of their generation” (David Soyer, cellist of the Guarneri Quartet). Its debut recording on the EMI label was hailed as “spellbinding” (Strad Magazine) and “remarkably fine” (Gramophone), and the quartet has given critically acclaimed performances at the Ravinia Festival, the Caramoor Festival, the Library of Congress, the Da Camera Society of Los Angeles, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center, Rice University, San Francisco State University, and Wigmore Hall in London. Formed in 2002 when the four founding members came together for a concert tour of Taiwan, the Formosa Quartet is deeply committed …

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Taiwan’s U-Theatre returns to BAM with percussive choreopoem Beyond Time, Nov 19—21

Meditative exploration of man’s relationship to the universe combines traditional Taiwanese drumming and folk music with contemporary dance theater. Supported by the Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Taiwan Bloomberg Philanthropies is the Season Sponsor Beyond Time US Premiere U-Theatre Directed by Liu Ruo-yu Composed and choreographed by Huang Chih-chun Set and lighting design by Lin Keh-hua Costume design by Tim Yip Video design by Hsu Yi-chun BAM Howard Gilman Opera House (30 Lafayette Ave) Nov 19—21 at 7:30pm Tickets start at $20 Taiwan’s beloved U-Theatre returns to BAM with Beyond Time, a visual and auditory spectacle that reflects on man’s relationship to the universe. Traditional Taiwanese drumming and folk music meld with contemporary dance-theater and martial arts, infusing the performance with reverence and ceremony. The music encompasses a gamut of sounds from rapid taiko-style drumming to plaintive folk music performed with vocals and traditional instruments like Chinese zither, flute, and pitched gongs. The production features imaging technology, projections, and mirrored flooring, creating immersive 4D effects that envelope the audience. Thunderous drumming, Tibetan throat singing, and swirling sacred dance movements combine with these elements to create an experience that transcends the constraints of intellectual thought. About the Artists …

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2015 Taiwan Rising Stars Classical Music Concert

Taiwan Academy Presents NEW ASIA CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY Sunday, November 15, 2015, 2:00 PM TECO (1 East 42 Street, New York NY10017) Free Admission, RSVP required, or please e-mail to 0573@tpecc.org ※The concert is already fully booked. Online RSVP is closed. Please come and join the waitlist if you are interested in it. Program Joaquín Turina (1882–1949): Piano Quartet, Op. 67 Gabriel Fauré (1845–1924): Piano Quartet No.2 in G minor, Op. 45 Johannes Brahms (1833–1897): Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor, Op. 60 Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu, violin Wei-Yang Andy Lin, viola Nan-Cheng Chen, cello Tzu-Yi Chen, piano New Asia Chamber Music Society: “…make music with sense of pleasure and spontaneity.” “…comprised of many young and gifted players, is an impressively organized and professional group” – New York Concert Reviews Propelled by a shared passion for classical chamber music and profound respect for the works written by the composers of our time, the New Asia Chamber Music Society was founded in 2010 by an idealistic group of young Asian-American virtuosi, graduated from America’s most prestigious music schools, including The Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute. Members of NACMS including Wei-Yang Andy Lin, Tien-Hsin Wu, Nan-Cheng Chen and Tzu-Yi Chen will …

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“Sonic Blossom” Unfolds at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Oct. 30

“May I give you a song?” This question is at the heart of artist Lee Mingwei’s interactive performance work. Starting Oct. 30 through Nov. 8, in the Met’s Modern and Contemporary as well as Asian Art Galleries, singers will approach visitors at the Metropolitan Museum of Art at random with the query. If the visitor’s answer is “yes,” the vocalist will perform a Schubert lied. Mingwei compares the sporadic performances to “the folding and unfolding of a ‘Sonic Blossom.’” This exhibition is being presented in celebration of the one-hundredth anniversary of the Department of Asian Art at the Met. Sonic Blossom will be performed in The Blanche A.L. Levine Court, Gallery 915 (October 30-31; November 6-8) and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Gallery 206 (November 1-5) during Museum hours. Sonic Blossom is co-presented by the Met and Asia Contemporary Art Week (ACAW) and are made possible by the Ministry of Culture, Taiwan (R.O.C.) and Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York.

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A Lecture/ Demonstration @ Taiwan Academy:21st Century Dance in Taiwan

[Theme] 21st Century Dance in Taiwan [Host] Taiwan Academy [ Time] 7:00 pm-8:30 pm, October 13, 2015 [ Location ] 1 East 42nd street, First Floor, New York. Taipei Economics and Culture Office in New York [ Speaker ] Wang, Ru-Ping , assistant professor of University of Taipei [ Language ] English and Mandarin Taiwan Academy in New York is pleased to host a lecture, entitled “21st Century Dance in Taiwan “, on October 2015. We invite Wang, Ru-Ping , assistant professor of University of Taipei, a dancer, and a long- time dance educator, to share with you the development of contemporary dance in Taiwan. Through video and demonstration by 10 talented young dancers, you will get a better understanding of the dance scene in the homeland of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, dancers and choreographers, such as Feng-Yi Shue, Horses and Huang-Yi. Wang, Ru-Ping Ruping Wang, a full-time Assistant Professor at the University of Taipei. Wang is born and raised in Taiwan. She performed with such companies as the Limon Dance Company, Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company, Mary Anthony Dance Theatre, Repertory Dance Company, Crossover Dance Company, Chamber Ballet Taipei, and Taipei Folk Dance Theatre… etc. Besides performing, …

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Taiwan music group “A Moving Sound” Performing across 6 states in U.S.

A Moving Sound(Sheng Don聲動)from Taiwan, has slowly but surely been establishing itself as one of the world’s most unique and artistic expressions of music from the Far East. As Lee Ann Hahn director of programming for the prestigious Grand Performances series in LA said, “No one is doing what they’re doing”. A Moving Sound performed this past July at one of Europe’s most respected music festivals, Paleo festival in Nyon, Switzerland, (where Sting performed later the same evening). Paleo ‘s artistic director Jacques Monnier said simply, “A Moving Sound was absolutely brilliant”. A Moving Sound has been presenting, show by show, a reinterpretation of Taiwanese/Chinese music that has wowed audiences and experts with its sheer artistic depth. Marco Werman reported on PRI that AMS is “one of the few groups offering truly creative music from Asia” and Tom Pryor from National Geographic online music stated “A Moving Sound is one of the most original outfits working in the world music arena today”. The group has been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered, The Discovery Channel and is frequently programmed on BBC Radio 3. It takes time in this saturated and speedy world for a singular creative vision to emerge. Yet …

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HUANG YI & KUKA 2015 US Tour

HUANG YI & KUKA Choreographer/Dancer: Huang Yi Dancers: Hu Chien, Lin Jou-Wen Technical Director: Yen-Ku Ou Technical Specialist: Hao-Ting Cheng Venues: The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center , University of Maryland: Sep 25 & 26, 2015 https://theclarice.umd.edu/events/2015/huang-yi-kuka Georgia Tech: October 1&2, 2015 http://arts.gatech.edu/ferstcenter/calendar/day/2015/10/01/264 Ferst Center for the Arts, Purdue Convocations: October 8. 2015 https://www.purdue.edu/convocations/event/huang-yi-kuka/ ArtPower at UC San Diego: October 14, 2015 http://artpower.ucsd.edu/events/2015/10/14/huang-yi-kuka#.VemzeCVVhBc ABOUT: As a child, Huang Yi longed for a robot companion. As an adult, he created a robot to dance with. Acclaimed Taiwanese choreographer and dancer Huang Yi and his robot companion KUKA bring razor sharp precision and stunning artistry to the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, Ferst Center for the Arts, Georgia Tech, Purdue Convocations and ArtPower, University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Harmoniously weaving together the art of dance and the science of mechanical engineering, HUANG YI & KUKA is a poetic work that flawlessly intertwines modern dance and visual arts with the realm of robotics. HUANG YI & KUKA reveals humanity through a series of vignettes between live dancers and KUKA, a robot conceptualized and programmed by Huang. “Dancing face to face with a robot is like looking at my own …

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Theater for the New City Presents The (New) Trial Adapted & Directed by Dennis Yueh-Yeh Li

The (New) Trial Written by Peter Weiss Adapted & Directed by Dennis Yueh-Yeh Li as part of Dream Up Festival Tuesday, September 1, 2015 through Sunday, September 6, 2015 At Theater for the New City The Joyce and Seward Johnson Theater 155 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003 New York, NY—After the huge success of Marat/Sade, an experimental play by the celebrated German playwright Peter Weiss (Tony Award and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Broadway production in 1965), a newly formed international theatre ensemble, directed and led by Dennis Yueh-Yeh Li, Artistic Associate of The Living Theatre, will bring Weiss’s last play The New Trial to life. With an original adaptation, titled The (New) Trial, the production is intended as an homage that celebrates Weiss’s 100th birthday and his theatrical legacy. The adaptation will be presented in the genre of experimental theatre in English and German, attempting to re-introduce Weiss’s aesthetics and German post-war theatre to American audiences. The (New) Trial is partially funded by the Ministry of Culture, Taiwan, and made possible by Label Gray and The Living Theatre. With Weiss’s partisan plays as a magnet, this eclectic ensemble, comprised of actors from across the globe, including …

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