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Spring 2015 Taiwan Film Series

Following in their footsteps: A recollection of three influential Taiwanese Artists It is our pleasure to announce that Taiwan Academy of TECO in New York will launch its 2015 Taiwan Film Series with the title “Following in their footsteps”, which includes 1 feature film and 2 documentaries as follows: 1. Actress—Ching Chiang Hsi Shih: Beauty of Beauties(Feature Film, 1965) 2:00 pm, Saturday, April 25th, please RSVP here 2. Writer—Pai Hsien-Yung The Sudden Recollection of “Taipei People” (Documentary, 2014) 6:30 pm, Thursday, May 28th 3. Taiwanese Opera Singer—Liao Chiung-Chih Taiwanese Opera Maestro Liao Chiung-Chih (Documentary, 2009) 6:30 pm, Thursday, June 25th The film “Hsi Shih” was at the time the biggest-budget Chinese language movie ever made in Taiwan. And the protagonist Chiang made close to 30 films in Hong Kong and Taiwan in the 1960′s and 1970′s. She hit her big time in Taiwan’s film industry and won the Best Actress Award at the Taiwan Golden Horse Film Festival in 1967. She was the only movie/stage artist who traversed the three Chinese political entities – PRC, British colonial Hong Kong, and Taiwan – during the Cold War. In 1970, Chiang left the Taiwan/Hong Kong film industry at the height of her …

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2015 Traditional Music Concert at Taiwan Academy—The Charms of Silk and Bamboo

Taipei Cultural Center will present Taiwan Traditional Music Concert on April 16th at Taiwan Academy. Once again we sincerely invite you to attend our concert. Artists: Wei-yang (Andy) Lin(Erhu) Yimin Miao(Dizi & Xiao) Shih-hua Judy Yeh(Guzheng & Guqin) Joy Chi Wang(Piano, Noseflute & Ruan) Date: Thursday, April 16th at 2:00 P.M. Venue: Taiwan Academy (1 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017) Free Admission, RSVP required, or please e-mail to 0573@tpecc.org Wei-yang (Andy) Lin Wei-Yang Andy Lin, born in Taiwan, holds his Bachelor and Master’s Degrees from The Juilliard School. He has won Top Prize in the Juilliard Viola Concerto Competition and subsequently made his Avery Fisher Hall solo debut. Mr. Lin is currently the artistic director of the New Asia Chamber Music Society and the New York Formosa Choir. He has performed the erhu solo part at the U.S. Premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell Davie’s “Kommilitonen!” with the Juilliard Opera Production, as well as the world premiere of Jeeyoung Kim’s “Engraft” for solo erhu and string orchestra with Solisti Ensemble at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall. He was recently invited by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra to play the solo erhu part in “Iris dévoilée” by Chen Qi-Gang in Milwaukee and …

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Taiwan Director Tsai Ming-liang Received a Major Retrospective at Museum of Moving Image (April 10-26)

Taipei Cultural Center in New York is happy to announce that Tsai Ming-liang, the defining artist of Taiwan’s Second Wave of filmmakers, will be the subject of a major retrospective at Museum of the Moving Image, from April 10 through 26. It will be the most comprehensive presentation of Tsai’s work ever presented in New York. Distinguished by a unique austerity of style and a minutely controlled mise-en-scene in which the smallest gestures give off enormous reverberations, Tsai’s films comprise one of the most monumental bodies of work of the past 25 years. And, with actor Lee Kang-sheng, who has appeared in every film, Tsai’s stories express an intimate acquaintance with despair and isolation, punctuated by deadpan humor. The Museum’s eighteen-film retrospective, Tsai Ming-liang, includes all of the director’s feature films as well as many rare shorts and an early television feature (Boys, 1991), and the revealing 2013 documentary Past Present, by Malaysian filmmaker Tiong Guan Saw. From Rebels of the Neon God (1992), which propelled Tsai into the international spotlight, and his 1990s powerhouse films Vive L’Amour (1994), The River (1997), and The Hole (1998); and films made in his native Malaysia, I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone (2006) …

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Film Series: Female Directors from Taiwan

Taipei Cultural Center in New York is pleased to announce that “Film Series: female Directors from Taiwan” will be screened at Michigan State University, Hunter College and Mid-Manhattan Library. The series include Tai-jen Wu’s Let’s Fall in Love, She-Wei Chou ‘s The Golden Child, Yu-shan Huang ‘s Twin Bracelets, Shining Chen ‘s God Man Dog and Yun-Chan Lee ‘s The Shoe Fairy. The 4 feature films and 1 documentary film represent the unique contemporary works from Taiwan’s women directors. Tai-jen Wu and She-Wei Chou will also be present for after- screening talks.. 4 Films showing at Mid-Manhattan Library are free which include: Tai-jen Wu’s Let’s Fall in Love, Yu-shan Huang ‘s Twin Bracelets, Shining Chen ‘s God Man Dog and Yun-Chan Lee ‘s The Shoe Fairy. Let’s Fall in Love尋情歷險記 Screening and director talk DVD | Color | 2009 | 90 mins | Saturday, April 4 | 2:00 p.m. The director interviews more than 20 couples and hears their stories after marriage, including peace and war, betrayal and forgiving. Directed by Wuna Wu 吳汰紝 Twin Bracelets 雙鐲 DVD | Color | 1999 | 99 mins | Sunday, April 12 | 2 PM In a small Chinese fishing town, two teenage …

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The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company returns to Flushing Town Hall for CrossCurrent

A special work-in-progress featuring the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company and the New Asia Chamber Music Society After extensive New York and New Jersey touring of the Company’s Chinese Lunar New Year of the Sheep production, Company members shed their colorful silk costumes of Chinese folk dances and return to simple jersey leotards and tights of modern dance to work on their next new piece to be showcased at Flushing Town Hall in the center of Queens, New York, on March 22, 2015, at 3pm. Ticket price is $15 for General Admission, $10 for Students & Members, . CrossCurrent is a concept that Nai-Ni Chen developed while working with the music of composer Huang Ruo. Examining their experiences as bi-cultural artists living in the United States, Nai-Ni Chen observed that the journey to adapt to a different culture is long and full of joy and struggle. CrossCurrent is a series of dances that communicates the journey of her cross-cultural experience, both physical and emotional. It involves a change of perception and a change of expectation. The dances she is creating attempt to communicate that delicate path that she and others are crossing every day. For this project, Nai-Ni Chen is partnering …

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Taiwan director Midi Z Retrospective at Asia Society (March 6-13)

Taipei Cultural Center in New York is delighted to announce its collaboration with Asia Society to present “Homecoming Myanmar: A Midi Z Retrospective” between March 6-13. A rising talent in international cinema, Myanmar-born and Taiwan-based Midi Z has developed a signature style for his intimate and authentic portraits of people struggling with displacement and poverty on the margins of Myanmar society. Hailing from an ethnic Chinese family in Lashio, a small town in the eastern Shan state, Z draws inspiration from the people he is familiar with in this remote region with a porous border next door to China, Laos, and Thailand. Driven by social and economic hardship, they make ends meet drifting in-between worlds where smuggling and human and drug trafficking are rampant. Compassion and a documentary impulse guide Z’s camera as it quietly observes his characters’ actions and choices in a nonjudgmental manner. Mostly shot guerrilla-style in Myanmar, without official permission, the films also demonstrate formal rigor through meticulously crafted narrative structure and camerawork. This first U.S. survey of Z’s work includes all of the director’s fiction features plus a short. All films with English subtitles. Screenings at: Asia Society 725 Park Avenue (at 70 Street) New York, …

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The View of Formosa’s Landscape from Photographers

Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York proudly presents The View of Formosa’s Landscape from Photographers, a group exhibition held at Taiwan Academy in New York, 1 East 42nd Street, New York from March 13th through May 15th, 2015 with an Opening Reception (RSVP required, click HERE) on March 26th, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:30PM. This exhibition is a part of 2015 Asia Week New York. Asia Week New York takes place on March each year. It is designed to celebrate Asian art throughout metropolitan New York, with non-stop exhibitions, auctions and special events presented by leading international Asian art specialists, major auction houses, and world-renowned museums and cultural institutions. This exhibition features the work of fifteen photographers from both Taiwan and abroad, documenting Taiwan’s natural and human landscape from a personal angle. Works displayed include photographs by the 19th-century Scottish photographer John Thomson, picturing the dwellings of the Plains Aborigines in the valley of the Laonong River; scenes of swimmers in the Tamsui River shot by the venerable Taiwanese photographer Lee Ming-Tiao in the years shortly after the Retrocession; and gorgeous, vertiginous vistas of Taroko Gorge and Jade Mountain (southeast Asia’s tallest peak) captured by various noted photographers, …

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Fertility, Blessings and Protection – Taiwanese and Asian Cultures of Baby Carriers

Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York and the Charles B. Wang Center at Stony Brook University is very pleased to co-present the touring exhibition Fertility, Blessings and Protection – Taiwanese and Asian Cultures of Baby Carrier. This joint exhibition features selected collections from Taiwan’s National Museum of Prehistory and the Charles B. Wang Center at Stony Brook University. The first stop of the tour exhibition held at Charles B. Wang Center in long island, Stony Brook, NY 11794 from March 11th through July 11th, 2015 with an Opening Reception (RSVP required) on March 11th, 2015 from 5:00 to 7:00PM. This exhibition is a part of 2015 Asia Week New York. Asia Week New York takes place on March each year. It is designed to celebrate Asian art throughout metropolitan New York, with non-stop exhibitions, auctions and special events presented by leading international Asian art specialists, major auction houses, and world-renowned museums and cultural institutions. The touring exhibition features baby carriers and other tools associated with childcare from Asian cultures, beginning with Taiwan and extending to nearby areas, including southwestern China’s ethnic minorities and the Austronesian and South Asian peoples of Borneo, Bali, and Siberia. Baby carriers of various …

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The Marvel of Glove Puppetry — “A Sea of Puppets” at Taiwan Academy

Taipei Cultural Center will present “A Sea of Puppets”, Taiwanese glove puppetry, on February 25th at Taiwan Academy. We sincerely invite you to attend our event. Artists: Taiyuan Puppet Theatre Company Date: Wednesday, February 25th at 3:30 P.M. Venue: Taiwan Academy (1 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017) Free Admission, RSVP required, please click HERE; or e-mail: 0573@tpecc.org Puppetry is a form of theater that has been around for thousands of years. There are many kinds of puppets, from those that dance on strings to glove puppets. The popularity of glove puppetry in Taiwan has endured. Skilled glove puppeteers can animate lifeless material and perform all sorts of complicated actions, and no puppeteers are more talented than those from Taiwan. The Taiyuan Puppet Theatre was founded to continue this tradition, while at the same time creating new and innovative music plays. The glove puppetry performances are miniature version of Peking opera, with the figures wearing elaborate costumes and acting out epic tales. The characters are all portrayed as either noble heroes or evil villains. Most impressive of all, they are all voiced by a single puppeteer. “A Sea of Puppets” is a traditional Taiwanese glove puppet show performed on a …

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