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Dancing kings

US choreographer Eliot Feld is in Taipei for a collaboration with the Taiwanese dance collective Horse, which, along with a lecture and exhibition, will stage five of his works

By Diane Baker  /  Staff reporter

Z for Zeppo is based on a piece that Feld choreographed for Mikhail Baryshnikov in 2003 called Mr X, Y, Z. The piece is centered on Su, but includes seven women dancers.

Chen admits he is nervous about the show, because Novel Hall is a much bigger theater than Horse usually performs in.

In addition, the company arranged a forum with Feld and a exhibition of dance photographs to help promote the show.

At the forum tonight at the Eslite bookstore in the Xinyi District, titled Dancing on Words, Feld and Chen will be joined by Taiwanese modern dancer Sheu Fang-yi (許芳宜) and Vivien H.C. Ku (辜懷群), who runs Novel Hall, to discuss creative thinking, dance and their respective experiences.

The photo exhibition, which runs through Sunday at Huashan 1914 Creative Park, is titled Dancing on Paper. The photographs were taken by prominent New York City photographer Lois Greenfeld and her subjects include Chen and Sheu as well as US dancers Darren Gibson, Lynn Aaron and Buffy Miller. All the photos were personally selected by Feld.

When you enter the exhibition, the first thing you see are two long printouts of Feld’s musings on the reasons to dance, one in English and the other in Chinese. There are dozens of reasons, but some of my favorites are: “One dances or rusts,” “One dances because suicide is bad,” “One dances making the eye catch its breath” and “One dances: critics sit.”

Chen admitted that organizing all three events has been hectic, but there was one plus: “Everything [the exhibit, the lecture and Novel Hall] is on the blue [MRT] line.”

Lecture:

What: Dancing on the Words

When: Tonight at 7pm

Where: Auditorium at Eslite Xinyi Store (誠品信義店), 6F, 11 Songgao Rd, Taipei City (台北市松高路11號6樓)

Admission: Free, but to reserve a seat please call (02) 2967-4495

Gallery notes:

What: Dancing on Paper

When: Through Sunday; Mondays to Fridays from 1pm to 8pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 8pm

Where: Huashan 1914 Creative Park (華山1914), Center Five Hall (中2館), 1, Bade Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市八德路一段1號)

Admission: Free

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