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A packed dance card

Taipei is bursting with dance performances next weekend, which, if you are a TNUA student, alumnus or teacher wanting to keep up with the School of Dance’s current students or graduates, could prove tricky

By Diane Baker  /  Staff reporter

GRADUATE WORK

TNUA is a common factor in next weekend’s other productions, which are packed with its graduates.

Tsai, who graduated in 2009, founded his own company in 2015 after racking up several wins at international choreographic competitions in Europe.

INNERMOST was inspired by the chaotic universe in Norwegian mythology, but with an Asian twist: incorporating the long sticks used in Chinese martial arts and Beijing opera as props.

There are some familiar faces as well as new ones in Tsai’s eight-member cast, including TNUA alums such as Chang Chien-chih (張堅志), Lo Li-an (羅立安) and Lin Tse-an (林則安).

INNERMOST will be performed at 7:45pm on Friday and 2:45pm on Saturday and tickets range from NT$500 to NT$2,500.

Sacchi earned a master’s in dance theory and performance studies from the school in 2013.

His 5 years, 5 days is his first solo piece in several years, as he has been working with several local dance and theater companies and artists as well as performing in French choreographer Jerome Bel’s productions for the Taipei Arts Festival (臺北藝術節) this year and last. He also has teaching commitments around the world.

Sacchi has described the show as a simple piece: just his body, some clothes, some sounds, some simple lighting in a beautiful empty space. It will be performed at 8pm on Friday and at 3pm, 7:30pm and 10pm on Saturday. Tickets are NT$350.

Lai graduated in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree, and like Tsai, first drew attention with pieces he created for Kaohsiung City Ballet’s (KCB, 高雄城市芭蕾舞團) Dance Shoe (點子鞋) productions before entering international competitions and winning first prize at several of them.

His Stray Birds Platform (漂鳥舞蹈平台) is designed to highlight the works of young Taiwanese choreographers and dancers both at home and abroad, much as the Dance Shoe shows have done locally over the years.

The platform features eight works by Lai and six others: Cheng I-han (鄭伊涵) and Huang Yu-hsuan (黃于軒), who are two of Lai’s longtime collaborators; Su Chia-hsien (蘇家賢), Li Zong-lin (李宗霖), Huang Yu-hsuan (黃于軒), Guo Jue-kai (郭爵愷) and Ho Tzu-wen (何姿妏).

Cheng and Guo will also be dancing in the show, which will be performed on Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm. Tickets are NT$600.

SONG YAN CREATIVE LAB

The final choreographer in this year’s Points on Stage @ Lab series, Tien breaks ranks with the others mentioned in this story by being a graduate of National Taiwan University of Arts (國立臺灣藝術大學), where she earned a masters of fine arts in dance.

For a freelancer, Tien has had a very busy year, with a work in Micro Dance (微舞作) program in October as part of the Dancing in Autumn series, and before that a piece in the Chiayi New Choreography (嘉義新舞風) project’s Since time immemorial (亙古) show that toured nationwide.

Masses is a solo dance piece created by four independent artists: Tien, metteur en scene Wang Shih-wei (王世偉), lighting and stage designer Helmi Fita and sound artist Li Tzi-mei (李慈湄).

Given the number of pro-democracy and social issue protests around the world in recent years, it is no surprise that they would inspire the performing arts.

Masses asks if participating in a mass movement is the realization of reform ideals or inspired by personal awareness.

The group decided to optimize their chances of attracting dance fans to the Song Yan Creative LAB by offering shows at the rather unusual times of 11am and 4pm both on Saturday and Sunday, so that people who want to see other performances or exhibitions could still squeeze them in.

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