PERFORMING ARTS

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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The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company returns to Flushing Town Hall for CrossCurrent

A special work-in-progress featuring the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company and the New Asia Chamber Music Society After extensive New York and New Jersey touring of the Company’s Chinese Lunar New Year of the Sheep production, Company members shed their colorful silk costumes of Chinese folk dances and return to simple jersey leotards and tights of modern dance to work on their next new piece to be showcased at Flushing Town Hall in the center of Queens, New York, on March 22, 2015, at 3pm. Ticket price is $15 for General Admission, $10 for Students & Members, . CrossCurrent is a concept that Nai-Ni Chen developed while working with the music of composer Huang Ruo. Examining their experiences as bi-cultural artists living in the United States, Nai-Ni Chen observed that the journey to adapt to a different culture is long and full of joy and struggle. CrossCurrent is a series of dances that communicates the journey of her cross-cultural experience, both physical and emotional. It involves a change of perception and a change of expectation. The dances she is creating attempt to communicate that delicate path that she and others are crossing every day. For this project, Nai-Ni Chen is partnering …

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TAIPEI FOLK DANCE THEATRE PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS CONFERENCE ON ASIAN STUDIES

The internationally acclaimed Taipei Folk Dance Theatre will perform as part of The University of Scranton’s “International Conference on Asian Studies: Taiwan and China in the Global Context.” The performance is slated for Saturday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m. at the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts at Marywood University. The first professional ethnic dance company in Taiwan, the Taipei Folk Dance Theatre promotes and preserves Taiwan’s varied dance heritage, with the influence of Chinese traditional dance. Founded in 1988 by Tsai Li-hua, who is also the artistic director, the company seamlessly combines traditional Taiwanese folk dance style with current theater techniques. The Taipei Folk Dance Theatre has presented more than 700 performances in more than 40 countries. The company has selected the following dances for its performance in Scranton: “Meditation through the Flower,” “Hakka Love Songs,” “Paiwan-Legend of the Lily,” “Images of Kung-Fu,” “Long Howl over a Gloomy Moon” and “Celebration of the Gods.” Also as part of The University of Scranton’s inaugural Asian studies conference, the Taipei Folk Dance Theatre will present a free master class, question-and-answer session and workshop on Sunday, March 29. The conference is co-presented by The University of Scranton’s Asian Studies Program and the …

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The Marvel of Glove Puppetry — “A Sea of Puppets” at Taiwan Academy

Taipei Cultural Center will present “A Sea of Puppets”, Taiwanese glove puppetry, on February 25th at Taiwan Academy. We sincerely invite you to attend our event. Artists: Taiyuan Puppet Theatre Company Date: Wednesday, February 25th at 3:30 P.M. Venue: Taiwan Academy (1 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017) Free Admission, RSVP required, please click HERE; or e-mail: 0573@tpecc.org Puppetry is a form of theater that has been around for thousands of years. There are many kinds of puppets, from those that dance on strings to glove puppets. The popularity of glove puppetry in Taiwan has endured. Skilled glove puppeteers can animate lifeless material and perform all sorts of complicated actions, and no puppeteers are more talented than those from Taiwan. The Taiyuan Puppet Theatre was founded to continue this tradition, while at the same time creating new and innovative music plays. The glove puppetry performances are miniature version of Peking opera, with the figures wearing elaborate costumes and acting out epic tales. The characters are all portrayed as either noble heroes or evil villains. Most impressive of all, they are all voiced by a single puppeteer. “A Sea of Puppets” is a traditional Taiwanese glove puppet show performed on a …

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