PERFORMING ARTS

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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ASIAN MOON FESTIVAL CELEBRATED AT SCRANTON WITH LECTURE AND ‘ART OF TEA’ DEMONSTRATION

The celebration of the Asian Moon Festival – a traditional autumn harvest festival – the University of Scranton will host a lecture on East Asian Buddhism and an Asian tea ceremony and workshop. Both events, offered free of charge and open to the public, are planned for Thursday, Sept. 15. Hsiao-Lan Hu, Ph.D., associate professor of religious studies and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at University of Detroit Mercy, will present on “Kuan-Yin (Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara): Empathy and Empowerment through Many Images.” Avalokiteśvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, also known by the name Kuan-Yin, Kannon, Kwan Um, Quan Am or Chenrezig, the “Perceiver of the Cries of the World,” is the most popular bodhisattva in the Buddhist world. Many Mahāyāna Buddhists, especially those who have chanted “The Universal Gate” chapter of the Lotus Sūtra, are also familiar with the concept that Kuan-Yin may take different forms to liberate sentient beings. The forms include male and female, old and young, elite and common, and human and non-human. Through an examination of the multiplication and transformation of Kuan-Yin’s many images, this talk offers a reflection on the empathy and empowerment that Kuan-Yin provided for East Asian Buddhist women in history, and what s/he …

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Passport Thursdays Outdoor International Dance, Music & Film Series —Taiwan Night on 8/18

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 Ecuador, Ethiopia, India, and Taiwan. The “Taiwan Night” on 8/18 is 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: Music: Yuhan Su Jazz Band A native of Taiwan, New York based-vibraphonist Su came to the United States in 2008 to study at Berklee College of Music. Since then, she has performed with her jazz quartet throughout the East Coast and joined the acclaimed saxophonist Greg Osby’s label, Inner Circle Music. The band will perform a set of music featuring the traditional music from different ethnic groups in Taiwan, including Taiwu ancient ballads, Hakka traditional song, and Taiwanese folk song. Yuhan will bring a new series of compositions inspired by Chinese mythological KuaFu, a giant who decided to chase and catch the Sun. Film: Go Grandriders! (Taiwan, 2013, 80 min, Mandarin with English ST) A group of senior citizens, many of whom learn how …

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Taipei Cultural Center Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary

Mission To actively promote international cultural exchanges by presenting the rich diversity of Taiwan’s culture and arts to the general public and the communities of the US and Canada. History 1991-2002:The Chinese Information and Culture Center Responsible for planning, promoting, and implementing a variety of arts programs, as well as supervising the operation of the Taipei Gallery, the Taipei Theater and the library at Rockefeller Center. 2002-present:Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York Officially changed its name to the Taipei Cultural Center of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York to cope with the new trend of global cultural competition and has been breaking the regional boundary of New York City and considerably strengthening cultural promotion. Vision To use culture and arts as communication channels to enhance mutual understanding and appreciation as well as to strengthen Taiwan’s friendship with the US and Canada. -Strengthening relationships with arts organizations -Actively participating in important arts-related festivals -Building long-term partnerships with agencies of artist -Enhancing exchanges between arts professionals from Taiwan and North America

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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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Flushing Town Hall to Present the Yuhan Su Quintet on Friday, August 12th

On Friday, August 12, Flushing Town Hall will present the Yuhan Su Jazz Quintet, which will perform a new series of compositions inspired by Chinese Mythology Kua Fu, a giant who decided to chase and catch the Sun. The Yuhan Su Quintet is a distinctive contemporary jazz ensemble featuring Yuhan Su (vibraphone), Chris Cheek (tenor/saxophone), Glenn Zaleski (piano), Marty Kennedy (bass), and Nathan Ellman-Bell (drums). A native of Taiwan, New York based-vibraphonist Su has been living in the United States since moving to Boston in 2008 to study at Berklee College of Music. 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.” 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 …

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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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