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Shows to challenge students and society

TNUA students will perform a full-length version of Lin Hwai-min’s 2001 ‘Cursive,’ while in Tainan, Resident Island Dance Theatre is staging ‘Collapse’

By Diane Baker  /  Staff reporter

Collapse tackles the questions created by Taiwan’s rapidly aging population, including the influx of migrant caregivers, mostly from Southeast Asia, to handle the ever-increasing numbers of elderly people; the growth of an M-shaped society and the resulting widening gap between rich and poor.

Chang tackles such issues from the perspective of both an insider and outsider, which is partially a reflection of his own life.

The Pingtung-born Chang headed to northern Taiwan as a teen to pursue his dreams of dancing and choreography. An illness took the sight in his right eye when he was 18, ended his hopes of being a professional dancer and led him to drop out of university and return to his hometown.

Far from the nation’s dance center in Taipei, Chang has still managed to experiment and flourish, winning support from audiences and the government, and earning invitations to international festivals.

Hopefully, Chang and his dancers will be able to bring the show to Taipei at some point in the not-too-distant future.

Performance notes:

WHAT: 2017 TNUA Dance School end of the year show: “Cursive”

WHEN: Tonight, tomorrow and Saturday at 7:30pm, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:30pm

WHERE: Taipei National University of the Arts Theater (國立臺北藝術大學展演藝術中心戲劇廳), 1 Xueyuan Rd, Taipei City (台北市學園路1號)

ADMISSION: NT$400

WHAT: Collapse

WHEN: Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm

WHERE: Original Theater at the Tainan Municipal Cultural Center (臺南文化中心原生劇場) 332, Chunghua Rd Sec 3, Tainan City (臺南市中華東路3段332號)

ADMISSION: NT$350, tickets are available online at www.artsticket.com.tw, at convenience store ticketing kiosks and at the door

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