ANNOUNCEMENT

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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‘Fancy Animal Carnival’ Debuts on Broadway Pedestrian Plazas in New York City’s Garment District

The Fancy Animal Carnival exhibit is organized by Taipei’s InSian Gallery, the Garment District Alliance and Emmanuel Fremin Gallery, which showcases world-class public art installations in the heart of midtown Manhattan. The sculptures will occupy the Garment District pedestrian plazas on Broadway from 36th to 41st Streets and will be open to the public through April 2017. Each of the eleven animal sculptures represents a narrative, expressed through traditional Taiwanese symbols and motifs believed to bring luck. The painted patterns reflect on folk culture and religion, as well as the artist’s personal experiences and observations of people’s everyday lives.The public art installation will captivate New Yorkers and visitors alike with its vibrant, astonishing presence on Broadway in the Garment District. Emmanuel Fremin, Yi’s New York-based gallery representation, says of Yi’s first New York exhibition, “We want the American public to get acquainted with an artist who is so well-known and recognized in Asia. The Garment District’s history with fashion in New York, and his pieces being so lively, colorful and handmade, makes them the perfect works to launch during Fashion Week.” The Garment District is home to thousands of people working in the “creative economy,” including fine and performing artists, …

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“No Cause for Alarm” Contemporary Art Show Opens at La Mama Galleria Sept. 15

No Cause for Alarm, an exhibition that brings together the work of eleven artists from Taiwan, Hong Kong and China and includes artworks in the form of mixed-media installation, video and performance will run from September 15 to October 8, 2016 at La Mama Galleria in New York. No matter where you live, people living in the city are facing various kinds of stresses and pressures. It could be coming from the society, system, work, family, or simply ones’ own expectations. No Cause for Alarm is an exhibition trying to investigate the nervousness in contemporary city life. The exhibition is focusing on the possibility but not the situation itself, because ‘situation’ is a state of flux that changes from time to time and varies from place to place. There is no point in discussing the situation without a thorough understanding of the causes and consequences. However, possibility implies potential and the unknown, which encourages imagination and creativity. By understanding our own position in certain situations, we try to come up with suggestions and consolations to ease tensions. Artists taking part in this exhibition are invited to meditate on the current moment, unveil the overlooked in modern city life, and investigate …

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“MOC Translation and Publication Grants” call for proposals

Since 2014 the Ministry of Culture, Republic of China (Taiwan), has launched “MOC Translation and Publication Grants” to encourage the publication of translations of Taiwan’s literature, including fiction, non-fiction, picture books and comics, and help Taiwan’s publishing industry to explore non-Chinese international markets. From 2015 onward the Ministry of Culture “Translation Grant Program” is established to promote Taiwan literature, text and graphics, picture books, comic books, and other publications, expedite international exchanges, and strengthen the international image and visibility of Taiwan. On the other hand, “Books from Taiwan” is a new initiative funded by the Taiwanese Ministry of Culture to introduce fiction and non-fiction to foreign publishers and readers alike. On this website you will find information about authors. Anyone who is interested in translating and publishing Taiwan literary works is more than welcome to check directions for soliciting grants out at the MOC’s website, beginning from September 1st this year, and continue to introduce Taiwan literature into the international arena. For more details, please press here, visit http://booksfromtaiwan.tw or contact Ms. Su at Books Section, Department of Humanities and Publications, at books@moc.gov.tw

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The Road to Success – Artist Talk with Chi-Hung Yang, Long-Bin Chen, C.J. Yeh and Jeff Chieh-Hsing Liao

《The Road to Success》Artist Talk with New York based Taiwanese Artists Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 6:30PM Taiwan Academy, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York 1 East 42nd Street, B1, New York, NY 10017 Moderated by C. J. Yeh, Professor and Assistant Chair, Communication Design Department, FIT Chi-Hung Yang is a famous artist, Long-Bin Chen specializes in book sculpture, Jeff Chieh-Hsing Liao is a photographer and C.J. Yeh is a new media artist and FIT professor. The Taipei Cultural Center is pleased to invite them to share their valuable stories with our friends. Free Admission For more Information: Please contact TPECC at oliviasu@moc.gov.tw

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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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Taipei Cultural Center to Celebrate Its 25th Anniversary with “Dialogue on Printmaking: The Taiwan-US Exchange Exhibition”

In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the Taipei Cultural Center in New York is pleased to present Dialogue on Printmaking: The Taiwan – US Exchange Exhibition, organized by Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei National University of the Arts and in collaboration with the Taiwan Society of Printmaking and the Society of American Graphic Artists (SAGA). The exhibition will feature twenty-five Taiwanese artists including Wu Hao, Hsiao Chin, Liao Shiou-Ping, Shaih Lifa, and Lee Shi-Chi. Participating artists from SAGA are Michael Di Cerbo, Linda Adato, and three other well-known American printmakers. Each artwork in this exhibition has its own voice and aesthetics. Due to its multiplicity and easy transferability, printmaking stands out among other art forms as a more common medium for international art events. This exhibition has collected artwork from the 1960s to the present, illustrating the transition of the art medium and the spirit of different periods. By learning the uniqueness of different print genres and the aesthetics of each participating artist, viewers will gain a whole new perspective on the world of printmaking. Among them, Wu Hao’s Tulips displays a sharp contrast in colors—an artwork with blooming flowers depicted in black lines and a complex composition rich …

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