ANNOUNCEMENT

2017 NTSO International Youth Orchestra Camp – Call for auditions

The International Youth Orchestra Camp presented by the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra (hereafter referred to as the NTSO) offers an invigorating environment for outstanding young musicians to take lessons from professional musicians and most sought-after teachers, and to participate in the youth orchestra for performances in major concert halls. All faculty members are renowned musicians from the most elite conservatories and orchestras around the world. Students will have opportunities for private one-on-one instructions, orchestral training, as well as participating in public master classes during the camp. For the 2017 NTSO International Youth Orchestra Camp, NTSO has invited a number of professional musicians to come and share their skills and experiences with the students. Mei-Ann Chen, a Top 30 Influencer in 2015 voted by Musical America’s editors, will serve as the Artistic Director and Conductor, and the violinist Keng-Yuen Tseng, the silver medal winner of Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition 1993, will join the camp as a soloist. In addition, violist Li-Kuo Chang, cellist Nan-Cheng Chen and Yu-Quan Wang, the Principal Horn of VEREINIGTE BÜHNEN WIEN, etc., are all faculty members as well. Advanced musical training is a prerequisite. Applicants born between 1994 and 2003 including foreign nationals and oversea Taiwanese …

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“A Disappearing Act” Presents Remakes of the Never-Realized Original

A Disappearing Act Feb 16 – Feb 27, 2017 Opening: Thursday, Feb 16, 7 – 9pm Hours: Saturday – Thursday, 12 – 8pm Venue: Triangle, 20 Jay Street, #317, Brooklyn, NY 11201 … technique finally reproducing permanently the violence of the accident; the mystery of speed remains a secret of light and heat from which even sound is missing. – Paul Virilio, Aesthetics of Disappearance A Disappearing Act presents two newly commissioned projects by Su Yu-Hsien and Cici Wu, both developed from archival research in an effort to reconstruct historical works that were either lost, fragmented, never realized, or inherently ephemeral. Thinking of archives as constructive and active catalysts that generate new meanings and spur artistic imagination, the exhibition aims to reflect on the boundary between originality and reproducibility, and to explore questions surrounding the notion of authorship: What does it mean to sign one’s name, or to withdraw it? What happens when images begin to circulate in absence of ‘the artist’? The project further investigates the politics and practices of those who resist through the act of disappearing. Su’s restaging of Prophet, a play written by the Taiwanese avant-garde artist Huang Hua-Chen (1935-96), much of whose work has been …

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2017 LunarFest to Usher in the Year of the Rooster in Cities Across Canada

Re-live the Olympic hype this January and help Canada bring home the gold at the LunarFest Rooster Winter Games! The Year of the Rooster in the lunar calendar is a year for courage, bravery, and hard work – do you have what it takes to reach the podium? 2017 LunarFest is back to celebrate the Lunar New Year like never before in downtown Vancouver from January 27 to 29, and then move on to Toronto on February 4 and 5. The venue in Vancouver this year relocates to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza while awaiting completion of the renovated art gallery plaza. As to Toronto, this year the festival has found a new home in Metro Hall, where Lunar Crafts returns with a variety of vibrant Rooster-themed workshops to spice up Toronto’s ice and snow! Don’t forget to check on your new years’ resolutions at the Fortune Telling shrines where one will foretell your love life and the other your wealth! Juno nominees Ginalina and Michel Bruyer lead a songwriting workshop in “Alligator Stew: Kids Write Songs” and craft a song to ring in the Year of the Rooster. The Tung & Bedzvin Duo’s unique blend of vocals, Chinese erhu, …

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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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