One of the few performances which have not been canceled or postponed due to the SARS epidemic, Kumud Dance Company's (
Having prepared for this performance for the past one-and-a-half years, Wei Guang-ching (
He said the group would donate all profits from its Taipei performance to set up a SARS medical fund.
The four episodes of The Heaven Descends, the first part of the show, are all inspired by Aboriginal folklore. Swimming Away tells the Tao tribe story about a mermaid snaring children near the seashore. Wei will take the part of the legendary animal in the solo piece, wearing only bodypaint.
Ying Yang, as its title suggests, deals with the two universal forces, as told in Ami folklore, where man and woman are represented by the sun and the moon. Circles looks at snakes -- a Paiwan tribe symbol.
Evaporation is a more modern-looking piece. To electronic music, four black-clad dancers twirl at amazing speeds and support each others' movements with precision and grace. These well-executed portraits of breezes and gales are breathtaking.
The audience may find it hard to relate the episodes to the stated theme of the show, but that does not render the performance any less enjoyable.
Being an Aboriginal Ami tribesman, Wei has made genuine efforts to incorporate Aboriginal traditions in his works. What makes his efforts valuable is that he manages to do so without stereotyping Aboriginal culture. Rather he fuses traditional Aboriginal viewpoints into his reflections on modern society.
Song of the Sky will be performed at 7:30 tonight and 2:30 and 7:30 tomorrow at Novel Hall, 3-1, Sungshou Rd, Taipei (