Sun, Nov 11, 2007 - Page 18 News List

Unusual steps

Lin Wen-chung’s path to a career as a choreographer has been anything but conventional

By Diane Baker  /  STAFF REPORTER

"I choreographed a big piece on Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto Opus 35, and dedicated it to Bill," Lin said. "Nine dancers, 40 minutes. It's very physical, very challenging. You will never see anything like it in Taiwan again."

After that he wants to work on a full-length piece for next year, although he wouldn't say for whom. As for the future, he's not in a rush to build a big name or start his own company.

"I want to go piece by piece, at least for now, when I have no burdens. I think it's better to concentrate on the studio, to make good choreography, to make something that I really want. If you hire so many people [for a company], you can't be your real self," he said. "I think step-by-step is a better way."

"In Taiwan, the National Art Council evaluates your team every year, so you have to make a new product every year if you want funding … it becomes just like making shoes or clothes, it's just a product," he said. "But if the company is touring, you need to take time to refresh yourself [as an artist]. Like Bill, it takes two or three years to make one new piece.

"If I can't make every piece have a new meaning for me then I think I should stop and go to school to teach," he said. "I choreograph because I want to, not because I have to.

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