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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) 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, as well …

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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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New Visions of New York in Contemporary Photography – A Panel Discuss

Thursday, February 12th, 6:30pm at Museum of the City of New York,1220 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10029 Join four leading photographers of New York - Jeff Liao, Andrew Moore, Vera Lutter and Matthew Pillsbury - as they discuss their approach to finding a unique lens on the world’s best documented city. The panel will explore why they have chosen New York as a subject, what special challenges (personal, technical, logistical) it presents, and their inspirations amongst the city’s iconic photographers and rich traditions of visual storytelling.  Moderated by Bonnie Yochelson, former Curator of Prints and Photographs at the City Museum. Co-sponsored by the International Center of Photography, Aperture Foundation, the Taipei Cultural Center, and SVA MFA Photography, Video and Related Media. The updated program link is here. Use this discount code NYC12 for tickets.

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HUANG YI & KUKA @ 3 Legged Dog Art & Technology Center

HUANG YI & KUKA Choreographer/Dancer: Huang Yi Dancers: Hu Chien, Lin Jou-Wen 8PM, February 11th to 17th, 2015 3PM, February 14th to 15th, 2015 at 3LD Art & Technology Center (80 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10006) Tickets: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/1401?sitePreference=normal ABOUT: As a child, Huang Yi longed for a robot companion. As an adult, he created a robot to dance with. Acclaimed Taiwanese choreographer and dancer Huang Yi and his robot companion KUKA bring razor sharp precision and stunning artistry to 3LD Art & Technology Center. Harmoniously weaving together the art of dance and the science of mechanical engineering, HUANG YI & KUKA is a poetic work that flawlessly intertwines modern dance and visual arts with the realm of robotics. HUANG YI: Huang’s pioneering work is steeped in his fascination with the partnership between humans and robots. He interweaves continuous movement with mechanical and multimedia elements to create a form of dance which corresponds with the flow of data, effectively make the performer a dancing instrument. Named by Dance Magazine as one of the “25 to Watch,” Huang was immersed in the arts at a young age, spending much of his childhood in his parents’ studio watching them teach tango and …

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Taiwanese Contemporary Dance Showcase in New York

The 16th CONTEMPORARY DANCE SHOWCASE: JAPAN + EAST ASIA brings a standout line-up of groundbreaking artists from the other side of the globe to Japan Society. FEATURING FOUR NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERES AND ONE U.S. PREMIERE. Presented as part of Japan Society’s 2014-2015 Performing Arts Season. I-Fen Tung / M.O.V.E.Theatre’s duo How to Say (Taiwan) – North American Premiere Shang-Chi Sun’s solo Traverse (Taiwan) – North American Premiere & Nobuyuki Hanabusa / enra’s Newton (Japan) – North American Premiere Mikiko Kawamura’s solo Alphard (Japan) – U.S Premiere Kaori Seki / KAORI SEKI Co. PUNCTUMUN’s quartet Marmont (Japan) – North American Premiere Since 1997, Japan Society’s Contemporary Dance Showcase has been a vital incubator for Japanese and East Asian choreographers, introducing them to the U.S. during the annual Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) Conference and serving to launch and support their international careers. A leading platform for the introduction of Japanese choreographers and companies, the Dance Showcase has expanded to frequently include artists and works from the broader East Asian region, including Taiwan and South Korea. Many Dance Showcase“alumni” have gone onto perform in major venues such as Jacob’s Pillow Dance, Walker Art Center, The Kennedy Center, The Joyce Theater and …

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2014 Taiwan Rising Stars Classical Music Concerts II ◎◎ An afternoon of passionate TANGO—World Premier of RAIN OVER TAIPEI

Taipei Cultural Center will present Taiwan Rising Stars Classical Music Concerts on November 22nd at Taiwan Academy. Once again we sincerely invite you to attend our concert. Artists: JP Jofre (Bandoneón) Weiyin Chen (piano) Nan-Cheng Chen (cello) Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu (violin) Date: Saturday, November 22nd at 2:00 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 JP Jofre Argentinean Bandoneón player-composer JP Jofre has been repeatedly highlighted by the New York Times and praised as one of today’s leading artists by Great Performers at Lincoln Center. A recipient of the National Prize of the Arts grant in Argentina, Mr. Jofre has taken his form of contemporary tango to some of the most important venues in Asia, Europe, America and the Caribbean as soloist and composer. He has collaborated with many famous musicians in a wide range of musical styles, including Paquito D’Rivera, Gloria Estefan, Symphony Silicon Valley, Sacramento Philharmonic, Philippe Quint, Fernando Otero, Westchester Jazz Orchestra, Fred Sturm, Frost Studio Jazz Band, Borislav Strulev, and Nina Beilina. Mr. Jofre has received commissions and been part of many prestigious festivals including the Umbria Jazz Festival, Great Performers at …

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An Evening With Jimmy Wong Yu at FSLC

Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York is pleased to announce “An Evening With Jimmy Wong Yu” will be held on November 11. It is co-hosted by The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Subway Cinema and will be held at the Walter Reade Theater. Schedule 5:30pm Reception 7:00pm Lifetime Achievement Award presentation and an on-stage conversation with Wong Yu 8:00pm MASTER OF THE FLYING GUILLOTINE (1976, 93min, in Mandarin with English subtitles) For tickets, please visit http://www.filmlinc.com The legendary Taiwanese actor will be presented with the New York Asian Film Festival’s esteemed Lifetime Achievement Award and participate in an on-stage conversation prior to the screening of his 1977 masterpiece Master of the Flying Guillotine in 35mm. In the 1960s the Shaw Brothers were looking to expand from their more traditional dramas and romances to martial-arts films, and one of their hires was a former water polo champion, horse rider, and car racer: Jimmy Wong Yu. Appearing in films like Temple of the Red Lotus, Twin Swords, Magnificent Trio, and Tiger Boy at the beginning of his career, his true breakthrough came in Chang Chen’s landmark The One-Armed Swordsman (1967), the film that launched Wong Yu’s career as well …

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