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Year in Review: Dance

It was a year of memorable performances created by veteran choreographers and talented dancers, stunning visuals and theatrical extravaganzas, and even some shows that failed to meet expectations proved worth watching

By Diane Baker  /  Staff reporter

The NTCH’s “Dancing in Autumn” series was notable this year for two shows that had very little, if any dance in them: Shiro Takatani’s ST/LL (靜/止) in October and Dimitris Papaioannou’s The Great Tamer the following month. Both men are artists, not choreographers, and their works proved to be visual tours de force.

November brought a new work by Lin Hwai-min (林懷民) for Cloud Gate, Formosa (關於島嶼), and the realization that it might be his last for the company that he founded in 1973. The company announced shortly before the premiere that Lin is to step down as artistic director at the end of 2019, to be succeeded by Cheng.

Formosa proved to be a fitting coda both for the dance year and perhaps for the man who more than anyone else has shaped Taiwan’s dance world for more than four decades; it offered great dancing, beautiful images and a sense of hope.

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