PERFORMING ARTS

Taipei Cultural Center to Celebrate Its 25th Anniversary with Unconventional “Tea Party”

To mark the milestone of its 25th anniversary, Taipei Cultural Center in New York—Taiwan’s chief cultural mission in North America, invites Lin Ceramics Studio to come to New York August 12-17 to perform its award-winning program “Tea Party: Slow. Flow” and share the depth and richness of Taiwan’s unique tea culture with local audiences. Yi Cha Huei Yo(以茶會友), which literally means “meeting friends over tea” or “friends of tea” in Chinese, is the very essence of Taiwan’s tea culture that will be demonstrated in this performance entitled “Temperature.” As an old Chinese saying goes: welcoming a friend from afar gives one great delight, “Temperature” celebrates friendship and is the second chapter of “Slow‧Flow” by Lin Ceramics. It opens with the tea master making a fire, preparing to welcome a friend with tea. As the warmth diffuses in the space, the tea master performs the classic tea ceremony. “Tea Party” attempts to give a novel, contemporary perspective on tea cultures in Asia. It reintroduces traditional tea culture to the young generation in a modern, trendy manner so that this thousand year old culture can evolve with the times and stay relevant. Audiences explore a new vision of tea culture during the …

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ENSEMBLE MISE-EN ANNOUNCES MISE-EN MUSIC FESTIVAL 2016

A Four-Day New Music Festival in Manhattan and Brooklyn, NY, June 22- June 25 Featuring: ensemble mise-en, EXCEPTET and The Phoenix Quartet Performances and Events will be hosted by: the cell (June 22), The DiMenna Center (June 23), Scandinavia House (June 24), Taipei Cultural Center in New York (June 25) Concerts June 22: Opening Night / ensemble mise-en @ the cell (8pm) June 23: MICHAEL JARRELL Portrait / ensemble mise-en @ The DiMenna Center (8pm) June 24: Americas + Europe / ensemble mise-en @ Scandinavia House (6pm) June 25: New Music Marathon (ensemble mise-en / Exceptet / Pheonix Quartet) @ Taipei Cultural Center in New York (4-10pm) Workshops June 22: Workshop I @ MISE-EN_PLACE Bushwick (11am-12:30pm) June 25: Workshop II @ Taipei Cultural Center in New York (12PM-1:30PM) NEW YORK, NY — ensemble mise-en will be presenting a new music festival across 4 days at various venues in the New York City area. After hosting a call for scores which received 792 submissions, ensemble mise-en has selected 31 works by composers from across the globe to be performed. Following the success of last year’s MISE-EN Festival, ensemble mise-en is enthusiastic and excited to present another festival of music by some …

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I Wan Jan Puppet Theater 2016 US Tour

I Wan Jan Puppet Theater from Taiwan, invited by Flushing Town Hall, Mid-Manhattan Library, Chinese- American Art Council, and Michigan Taiwanese American Organization, is visiting New York, Ann Arbor from May 20 to May 25 and performing the acclaimed “A Chance Encounter Leads to Marriage” (巧遇姻緣). A Chance Encounter Leads Marriage is a mesmerizing, traditional hand puppet show based on Peking Opera. This non-verbal piece tells the tale of a young couple’s chance meeting at a festival that has puppets juggling, performing martial arts and much more. A Chance Encounter Leads to Marriage, read as Qiao-Yu-Yin-Yuan. This non-verbal piece tells the tale of a young couple’s chance meeting at a festival that has puppets juggling, performing martial arts and much more. This classic performance will showcase the puppets’ fine movements, such as the young male character (Sheng 生) folding a fan, the female character (Dan 旦) holding an umbrella, an older male (Mo 末) smoking, the clown (Chou 丑)falling from a chair, and street entertainers’ bustling martial arts and acrobatic acts. Without any language barriers, A Chance Encounter Leads Marriage will entertain kids as well as adults. The first performance in New York will be held in the Mid-Manhattan Library …

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KUN-YANG LIN / DANCERS PRESENTS THREE WORLD PREMIERES & A REVISED WORK AT PRINCE THEATER, APRIL 14-16

The critically-lauded and internationally active Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers (KYLD) announces four Philadelphia performances of virtuosic dancing that stirs the soul. KYLD unveils three world premieres born of a collaboration with composer Daniel Rhode, commissioned by the New Music Ensemble of Grand Valley State University. A surreal landscape of shape-shifting, otherworldly bodies, where mystery is punctuated by highly technical dance artistry in “DREAMSCAPE”, putting the magnifying glass to the “MOMENT(s)” which touch us as humans, whirling and spiraling into gravity in” VERTIGO.” The concert also features a bold revision of KYLD’s acclaimed work, “AUTUMN SKIN.” Renowned violinist, Todd Reynolds, one of the founding fathers of the hybrid-musician movement and co-founder of the quartet, Ethel, will perform with KYLD on Saturday evening, April 16. ABOUT KUN-YANG LIN DANCERS Hailed for its superbly trained dancers and inventive choreography, the internationally-active, South Philadelphia-based KYL/D is committed to practicing a fearless physicality that resonates with the soul, to probing questions that shape us as individuals and communities and to inviting audiences to engage in their own journeys of self-discovery. Proceeding from a rich frame informed by living traditions, contemplative practices and diverse philosophies of Asian origin, the company creates contemporary dances that transcend cultural boundaries. Artistic …

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Mythology – Jazz Night in Midtown

Taiwan Academy Presents Yuhan Su Quintet   Wednesday, April 6th, 2016, 7:30 PM TECO (1 East 42 Street, New York NY10017) Free Admission, RSVP required, or please e-mail to 0573@tpecc.org   Yuhan Su  – Vibraphone. Compositions Matt Holman – Trumpet. Flugelhorn Kenji Herbert – Guitar Petros Klampanis – Bass Nathan Ellman-Bell – Drums   A native of Taiwan, New York based-vibraphonist Su has been living in the US since moving to Boston in 2008 to study at Berklee. Since then, she has had performances along the East Coast and joined acclaimed saxophonist Greg Osby’s label, Inner Circle Music. Su’s debut release as leader, Flying Alone (Inner Circle Music, 2013), has been released to widespread approval. In the April edition of DownBeat, Brad Farberman wrote of Su’s “intelligence, sensitivity and a haunting sense of tenderness.” The album Flying Alone has received numerous music awards and nominations, including ‘Best Jazz Album of the Year’, ‘Best New Artist’, ’ Best Jazz Single’ from the 2013 Golden Indie Music Award and ‘Best Performance Album of the year’, ’Best Composer Award’ from 2013 Golden Melody Award in Taiwan, and “Best Release of 2013” by All about Jazz. Yuhan Su Quintet has released her second album A …

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Monkeys Take Over Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre for Lunar New Year Celebrations, Feb. 20-21

Returning to Harbourfront Centre to celebrate the coming of another year, LunarFest will ring in the Lunar New Year with an exciting and diverse weekend of events. From February 20–21, this family-friendly festival will feature a wide range of activities, including musical performances, craft activities and delectable Asian cuisine. Two major interactive installations will feature hundreds of life-sized monkey figurines on site to greet visitors. The entire festival will be free to attend, and food and souvenirs (including monkey figurines) will be available for purchase. A time of celebration, the Lunar New Year also offers the chance for reflection, particularly with this year’s representative animal. “2016 is the Year of the Monkey – the species closest to the human being,” says Charlie Wu, Managing Director of the Asian Canadian Special Events Association, which is partnering with Harbourfront Centre to co-produce LunarFest. “Monkeys, too, are emotional creatures who are intelligent, crafty, curious and naughty at times. Are there lessons humans can learn from monkeys?” LunarFest – Highlights at a Glance: Theatre: A staple at Lunar New Year celebrations, the traditional lion dance will be performed by Taiwan’s Jin Fei Feng Marionette Theatre Troupe at World’s Smallest Lion Dancers. The show offers an unique …

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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. The U.S. tour is supported by the Ministry of Culture, Taiwan, R.O.C. 01.22~23, 2016/UC Berkeley Zellerbach Hall, 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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