ANNOUNCEMENT

Open Call—2017 RU Residency for Taiwanese Artists

Taipei Cultural Center in New York is proud to announce its 5th open call for two Taiwanese artists for a four-month residency each, from July 1 to October 31, 2017, at Residency Unlimited (RU) in New York City. Artists that specialize in visual arts and performance arts are encouraged to submit their applications for this opportunity. Applications are due February 13, 2017. This program is generously supported by the Ministry of Culture, Republic of China (Taiwan). The residency covers round-trip air tickets to and from New York City, a monthly allowance of $2000 to cover living costs during the residency, and a $1000 exhibition production stipend. RU, a non-profit art organization established in New York in 2009, supports the creative process and promotes exchange through its unique residency program and year-round public programs. Moving beyond the traditional studio model, RU forges strategic partnerships with collaborating institutions to offer flexible and customized residencies to meet individual goals and needs. RU is particularly committed to promoting multidisciplinary practices and building lasting connections between residents and the broader arts community. Apart from the aforementioned stipends from the MoC, this program also provides: • Access to RU’s shared, co-working space at 360 Court Street …

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OneBeat 2017 (USA) – Call for applications

This call is open to to musicians between the ages of 19-35 years who live and work in any of the following countries: Algeria, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burma, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Panama, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Philippines, Russia, Senegal, Serbia, Slovak Republic, South Africa, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, United States, Venezuela, Zimbabwe. OneBeat Fellows must apply individually and will be selected as individuals. However, several members of a group are welcome to apply separately. Musicians from any genre or background are encouraged to apply. The organisers are looking for musicians who have achieved an advanced proficiency in styles and skills such as (but not limited to): folk music, hip hop, electronic music, traditional music, jazz, experimental, classical, sound-art installations, DJing, audio engineering, etc. All costs will be covered for OneBeat Fellows, including travel and accommodations. Fellows will also receive a per diem and a modest honorarium. OneBeat is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, & produced by Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation. DEADLINE Applications are due by 5:00pm (Eastern Standard …

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Rigoletto in Peking Opera

Giuseppe Verdi’s class opera Rigoletto re-imagined as a Peking Opera will be showcased at Association of Performing Arts Presenters New York City Conference on January 7. The Jester Artists Bao-Chun Li Taipei Li-Yuan Peking Opera Theater A Peking Opera based on the story of Verdi’s Rigoletto, Li Yong De, the jester, at the ducal court of Man le, secures his position at the court not only by doing jokes and trickery, but also sends beautiful girls to Man Le. Without a way to call for justice, the angered fathers call for curses on the jester. How will the jester protect his innocent daughter? Showcasing Saturday, Jan. 7th Show1-4:30pm Show2-6:30pm OPEN TO APAP BADGE HOLDERS AND PRESENTERS ONLY!

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“For a Better Tomorrow” exhibition opens in New York Dec. 3

“For a better tomorrow,” an exhibition that features works by four Taiwanese visual artists, is set to open on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 and run through the month at inCube Arts Space in Manhattan. “Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country”— John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917–1963) To use this famous quote as the opening of this curatorial essay is not an attempt to instigate nationalist ideological debates over political governance. On the contrary, it is to reveal how, in his critique of John F. Kennedy, American neoclassical economist Milton Friedman (1912–2006) with his idea of the “free man” and absolute freedom that it entails, defied democratic functioning in the name of economic freedom; how biopolitics verged on absolute control; how the neoliberal definition of “freedom” is distorted, to satisfy the desire for economic expansion, by political parties and corporate conglomerates into a weapon to disintegrate a nation and its democratic mechanisms, in turn constraining, trampling, and annihilating human freedom. A seemingly ironic slogan, “For a better tomorrow” is intended to underline the status quo where we are faced with a structural problem haunted by neoliberalism. The intervention of art turns …

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Artists Wrap up Their RU Residencies with ‘Interpreting Brooklyn’ Exhibition

The exhibition “Interpreting Brooklyn” appropriates the landscape of Brooklyn as a point of departure to commission new works by two Taiwanese artists in residency, Kai chun Chiang and Sean Wang. The show is curated by Boshko Boskovic, RU Program Director. Inspired by the diverse neighborhood of South Williamsburg where El Museo de Los Sures is located, both artists will create works that integrate cultural elements stemming from their native Taiwan. The works presented take many forms including sculpture, photography and video projections. In his proposal for Interpreting Brooklyn, Kai chun Chiang transfers historic and present day architectural photographs of Brooklyn onto ceramic tiles with images that he shot himself and taken from archives. Chiang contrasts the rich diversity of the Williamsburg façade patterns with middle class Taiwanese buildings whose wall decoration motifs were influenced by the European style from early 20th century onwards. Sean Wang’s starting point is a collection of Taiwanese landscape photographs which he re-inserts into the Brooklyn scenery. He appropriates the subculture of Taiwanese male amateur photographers who capture female subjects in the urban landscape. In this new hybrid photographic series, his muse is Lin Pin-Han, a professional dancer who has been studying dance since the age …

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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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‘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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