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Eight winners of 2007 `wanderers' program named

STAFF WRITER , WITH CNA

The Cloud Gate Dance Theater (雲門舞集) yesterday announced the eight winners of this year's "wanderer" program, which provides subsidies to artists for their travels abroad for artistic enrichment and inspiration.

A company spokesman said the winners include up-and-coming artists -- Pan Jung-sheng (潘榮昇), Wang Shih-wei (王世緯), Tzeng Ching-wen (曾靖雯) and Yang Huei-tsu (楊蕙慈) -- and four professionals -- Hsue Chang-huei (薛常慧), Laka Wumao (拉卡巫茂), Chang Yung-chieh (張詠捷) and Lu Shih-ming (盧銘世).

Each will receive grant money amounting to between NT$80,000 and NT$150,000 as well as airfare.

The eight have expertise in different art forms, including theater, music, photography, documentary filmmaking and environmental art. They also have different destinations and objectives for their journeys, the spokesman said.

Wang, a theater performer, will travel to Bangkok to learn more about traditional Thai dance, while Hsue, a documentary filmmaker, plans to visit the Iranian Young Cinema Society and Iranian film directors as well as produce a film on Iran's cinema art development.

Four of the eight artists will also take part in local communities' activities, the spokesman said.

Chang will travel to Okinawa to observe and record Okinawans' attitude toward life, while Tzeng will participate in community activities in South Korea to broaden her views on community theater.

The wanderers program was initiated four years ago by Cloud Gate Dance Theater's founder and artistic director Lin Hwai-min (林懷民).

The Stans Foundation began sponsoring the program last year.

The wanderers program provided financial assistance to 36 artists since it was launched, the spokesman said.

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