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Memories of greatness

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre begins an eight-show run of Lin Hwai-min’s iconic ‘Moon Water’ at its theater next week, while Taiwanese modern dance pioneer Tsai Jui-yueh’s legacy will be celebrated this weekend at her studio

By Diane Baker  /  Staff reporter

However, Lin said he is really proud of what his younger dancers have accomplished with the piece.

“You will be shocked how well they do. They grew up in the five-city tour of China,” he said.

For those thinking of heading out to Tamsui to see the Cloud Gate shows, it is worth planning ahead as the theater organizes shuttle buses from the Tamsui MRT station for all shows, but reservations for next week must be made by Monday, either through the company’s Web site or by telephone (02) 2629-8558, extension 3404) and the following Monday for that week’s shows.

Tsai Jui-Yueh Festival

Meanwhile, dance lovers this weekend will have a chance to see some other old favorites at the Tsai Jui-Yueh International Dance Festival XI (第十一屆蔡瑞月國際舞蹈節) at the Rose Historic Site (玫瑰古蹟).

The festival began in 2006 to commemorate the death of Taiwanese modern dance pioneer Tsai Jui-yueh (蔡瑞月), who died in 2005 in exile in Australia. Held in and around the Japanese-style building that was Tsai’s dance studio for decades, it is a platform for international dance and cultural exchange, with a different theme each year.

Tsai trained in Taiwan and Japan, but her marriage to poet and literature professor Lei Shih-yu (雷石榆) in 1947 ended up ensnaring the dancer in White Terror era politics and damaging her family and career. Her husband was deported to China, while she ended up jailed for three years on Green Island as a political prisoner. After her release she returned to Taipei and resumed teaching dance, but was heavily monitored by the authorities.

She moved to Australia in 1983 to live with her son, who was working there as a dancer, but her dance school and legacy have been maintained every since by her daughter-in-law, Ondine Hsiao (蕭渥廷), and one of her students, Hsiao’s sister, Grace Hsiao (蕭靜文).

Grace now lives in the US with her family, but returns each year to help with the festival.

The theme of this year’s festival is “The Judicial Justice,” and the works on the program are by Tsai, her Japanese teacher, Ishii Baka, and his daughter, Ishii Midori, Colombian-American black activist dancer Eleo Pomare and Pomare’s colleague, Martial Roumain, several of which have been performed at previous festivals.

They include Tsai’s 1978 Sailing on the Same Boat (同舟), one movement from Ishii Midori’s 1963 Brandenburg Concerto, Ishii Baku’s To Climb a Mountain (1925) and Spirit of Serpent (1933), Pomare’s 1972 Limousine for Janis and Roumain’s 1991 Elegy.

Limousine for Janis was choreographed as a eulogy for Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and other superstars who overdosed on drugs and alcohol, while Elegy is a solo created “to remember a passing loved one.”

Performance Notes

What: Moon Water

When: Thursday and Nov. 11 at 8pm; Nov. 12 and Nov. 13 at 3pm; Nov. 17 and Nov. 18 at 8pm; Nov. 19 and Nov. 20 at 3pm

Where: Cloud Gate Theater (淡水雲門劇場), 36, Ln 6, Zhongzheng Rd Sec 1, Tamsui District, New Taipei City (新北市淡水區中正路一段6巷36號)

Admission: NT$1,500 to NT$2,000; available at NTCH box offices, online at www.artsticket.com.tw or www.service@cloudgate.org.tw and at convenience store kiosks nationwide. The Nov. 12, 19 and 20 matinees are sold out.

What: Tsai Jui-Yueh International Dance Festival XI

When: Tomorrow through Sunday at 7:45pm, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3pm

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