Local Area Events

California concerts to pay homage to late maestro Tyzen Hsiao
Date:2018/08/04~2018/08/09 PrintFBgoogle plustwitteremail   The National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra has been invited to participate in the 2018 Tyzen Hsiao Memorial Concerts in the United States this August. In memory of the eponymous Taiwanese composer, concerts will be held at the Center for the Performing Arts in San Jose on Aug. 4 and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA on Aug. 8 and 9. The latter will mark the first Taiwanese orchestra performance at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.   A recipient of both the National Awards of Art and the National Cultural Award, Hsiao created a rich and diverse repertoire of works during his lifetime, from large-scale symphonies, concertos, and chorales to pieces for piano and violin, and even hymns and poems. His was a life dedicated to Taiwanese music, and by the time of his passing in February 2015, his commitment had been  recognized with a number of awards.   Hsiao's works have been described as Taiwan's most elegant and moving music, never failing to touch listeners on a deep level. In both Taiwan and the US, where he lived for a number of years, his works continue to be performed frequently. This summer, to commemorate this epitome of Taiwanese composition, Taiwanese artists in the US have organized the 2018 Tyzen Hsiao Memorial Concerts, inviting the NTSO to take part.   "Listening to Taiwan — 2018 National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra Tyzen Hsiao Memorial Concerts" will consist of several of Hsiao's most iconic works, including piano concertos, "The Most Beautiful Flower," "I Love Taiwan," "March of Democracy," "The Angel from Formosa," "Requiem di Formosa (The Beautiful Land)," and "1947 Overture."   The NTSO concerts will also include a performance of Czech composer Dvorak's Symphony No. 9, "From the New World."   The concerts will be conducted by Chen Mei-ann, current musical director for the Chicago Sinfonietta, with performances by Taiwanese-American artists pianist Gwhyneth Chen and vocalist Li-Chan Chen-Maxham. Through the focus on the works of Hsiao, this event aims to let the world hear Taiwan's distinctive voice.   For the choral sections, the organizers have called on the hundred-strong Southern California Taiwanese-American Choir, which comprises some of the best singers in the Taiwanese-American community. This August is sure to be an unmissable celebration of Taiwanese culture in the US. 'Listening to Taiwan' Repertoire March of Democracy 出頭天進行曲 Concerto in C minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op.53 蕭泰然C小調鋼琴協奏曲 First Movement: Allegro moderato Second Movement: Adagio Third Movement: Allegro con fuoco The Angel from Formosa 來自福爾摩沙的天使 Tyzen Hsiao Chorus Suite: The Beautiful Land 美麗的國度 Love and Hope 愛與希望 Taiwan the Green 台灣翠青 How Lovely is Your Dwelling Place 祢居起的所在 The Fairest Flower 上美的花 Never Disregard Our Homeland 嘸通嫌台灣
LA exhibition to highlight temple culture-inspired art, performances
Date:2018/07/21~2018/09/22 PrintFBgoogle plustwitteremail   Marked by live music, array performances, and deity parades, Taiwan's traditional religious processions ― known as tīn-thâu (陣頭) in the Taiwanese language ― will take the center stage at this Los Angeles exhibition running from July 21 through Sept. 22 at the Taiwan Academy on Westwood Boulevard.   "Tradition in the Near Future: Ritual Corporeality in Contemporary Taiwanese Arts" seeks to showcase the cultural legacy encapsulated by Taiwanese temple fairs, as well as the contemporary art, dance, and film inspired by this particular slice of Taiwanese heritage.   The exhibition will bring to LA a stunning 1970s documentary made by veteran photographer Chang Chao-tang titled "Wang-Yew Boat Ceremony," which documents the residents of Tainan County burning wooden boats in ritual held to dispel disease and ill fortune, as well as "Sacrifice to Welcome the Gods," the latest music video produced by The Chairman band.   The photography selection will highlight a blend of traditional with the contemporary, including fascinating documentary photography on Taiwanese folk troupe Chio-Tian Folk Drum & Arts Group carrying a popular Taoist deity across the Sahara Desert in 2011. The statue of Nazha, who is  better known as "The Third Prince" and popularized by the "Electronic-Techno Neon Gods" dance teams, weighed 17kg.   The curators have also selected several dance performances inspired by traditional temple street culture, including "13 Tongues" ― which tells of a legendary street artist in Taipei's Wanhua District who could play diverse male, female, young, and elderly roles by singing in thirteen different styles ― by choreographer Cheng Tsung-lung, who will replace Lin Hwai-min as the artistic director of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre upon the patriarch’s retirement in 2019.   Recordings of award-winning performances such as "New Paradise of Silent Island" by MeimageDance Troupe, "Miroirs de Vie" by Legend Lin Dance Theatre, and "The End of the Rainbow" by Mauvais Chausson Dance Theatre will also be screened by the Taiwan Academy in  LA to explore the origins of deity offerings, Taoist beliefs, and funeral rites.   The two-month exhibition will kick off on July 21 with traditional drumming performances by the Rowland Heights-based STC Foundation at an opening ceremony held at the Taiwan Academy. The UCLA's Fowler Museum will also host a workshop on Aug. 5 for parents and children to learn more about traditional folk crafts such as the unique face paints that characterize tīn-thâu, or leaders of the parade.     ‘Tradition in the Near Future: Ritual Corporeality in Contemporary Taiwanese Arts’ Date: July 21 – Sept. 22, 2018 Venue: Taiwan Academy in LA Address: 1137 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA Admission: Free
LA film festival to spotlight Taiwanese LGBTQ stories
Date:2018/07/13~2018/07/15 Looking For?’ Explore the mysteries of dating apps in this charming, infectious documentary that lays all the sexy details out on the table. Young Taiwanese filmmaker Chou Tung-yen searches for a love of his own, as he questions gay men around the world about their intimate experiences on hookup apps. This is a refreshingly raw and far too relatable foray into digital romance. ‘Alifu, The Prince/ss’ A mosaic of LGBTQ storylines intersect in this portrait of gender identity in present-day Taiwan by director Wang Yu-lin. Alifu works as a hairdresser in Taipei and longs for gender-confirmation surgery, which may affect his status within his tribal Paiwan family. Sherry, a trans woman who owns a drag bar, is in love with a plumber who appears not to share her feelings. Chris is a government worker and lives with his girlfriend Angie — and also moonlights as a drag queen. Wang weaves these narratives into an empowering tapestry of love and its many forms. ‘Happy Birthday’ This five-minute short portrays the moment when a young girl realizes how much she has changed because of a relationship, and decides to be herself again on her birthday. ‘Bao Bao’ This deeply felt feature film debut by Shie Guang-cheng tells the story of Taiwanese expats Cindy and Joanne, living in London, who are about to have their first child. Their marital bliss is threatened when Cindy discovers that Joanne has promised their unborn son to another gay couple, their friends Charles and Tim. Told through an array of flashbacks, the film explores issues that affect many same-sex families. ‘Celebrate Taiwan’ A special reception titled "Celebrate Taiwan" will also be held at the Atrium of the Directors Guide of America on July 15 to mark the inaugural collaboration between Taiwan and Outfest. Taiwanese culinary delicacies will be served. ‘Taiwan: A Beacon of LGBTQ Rights in Asia’ Opening Reception: July 15 (12-2pm, DGA Atrium) Looking For?: July 13 (9.45pm) Alifu, The Prince/ess: July 15 (11am) Happy Birthday: July 15 (1.45pm) Bao Bao: July 15 (1.45pm)  
LGBTQ program with Taiwanese flair to be staged in NYC
Date:2018/04/21~2018/06/29 "Pride Taiwan" – a series of LGBTQ events with a Taiwanese flair – will be held in New York from April through June to underscore Taiwan's leading role in advancing gender equality and freedom of speech in Asia. The three-part program will open with "Legacy of an LGBTQ Countercultural Icon – A Talk on Taiwanese Novelist Qiu Miaojin’s Works" on April 21 in remembrance of the late writer-trailblazer who took her life at the age of 26. Co-organized with the 2018 PEN American World Voices Festival, "Legacy of an LGBTQ Countercultural Icon" will look into how Qiu's writing has re-shaped Taiwanese perception during a time of social and political vilification of LGBTQ groups. The April 21 forum at Dixon Place will feature Bonnie Huie, translator of Qiu's "Notes of a Crocodile"; Ari Larissa Heinrich, translator of her "Last Words from Montmartre"; and poet-novelist Eileen Myles. Next up in June is an evening of readings and discussions under the banner "Pride Voices: New Plays from Taiwan" with two leading contemporary Taiwanese playwrights – Chien Li-ying and Tsai Pao-chang – at the Martin E. Segal Theater Center. As established queer artists, their highly political and engaged works not only give voice to an emerging cultural movement in Taiwan, their creative processes and cultural productions also shed light on the struggles and achievements of the LGBTQ community in Taiwan and Asia today. The admission-free evening will include discussions on "The Possible Memoirs of a Traitor," which Chien uses to uncover stories from a Taipei gay shelter in the 1990s, and Tsai's "Solo Date," in which a man harnesses artificial intelligence in an attempt to reconnect with his deceased lover. The "Pride Taiwan" program will wrap up after the 2018 New York Pride March with free screenings of "Looking For?" – a Taiwanese documentary on gay dating apps – and "Alifu, the Prince/ss" – a film on a tribal chieftain's heir who identifies as a woman – at the Taipei Cultural Center in New York. 'Legacy of an LGBTQ Countercultural Icon' Date: April 21, 2018 Time: 7.30 – 8.30pm Venue: Dixon Place Address: 161A Christy Street, New York, NY 10002 Tickets: US$15 (Use promo code "TAIPEI2018" here)   'Pride Voices: New Plays from Taiwan' Date: June 26, 2018 Venue: Segal Theatre, The CUNY Graduate Center Address: 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY Tickets: Free 'LGBTQ Films from Taiwan' Date: June 27 – 29, 2018 Venue: Taipei Cultural Center in New York Address: 1 East 42nd Street, Floor 7th, NY Tickets: Free  
Filmmaker Midi Z to attend Museum of the Moving Image screenings
Taiwan-based Burmese filmmaker Midi Z, who has helped usher in the third wave of New Taiwanese Cinema, will have five of his films screened in a special "Return to Myanmar" series at New York's Museum of the Moving Image in June. A protégé of auteur Hou Hsiao-hsien, Midi Z has emerged as a major filmmaker in his own right. Working in fiction and documentary, his compassionate and artistically rigorous films explore the lives of displaced people who live on the margins and try to navigate societal oppression and the difficulty of earning a decent living. This weekend-long retrospective set for June 2 and 3 will screen five of the director's most-acclaimed works, all set in his home country of Myanmar. The filmmaker will also be in attendance. "Return to Burma" is a semi-autobiographical homecoming story shot without official permission, and only minimal equipment and crew. It follows a Burmese construction worker in Taiwan, who returns home with high hopes for his nation's first presidential elections. "14 Apples" follows a wealthy businessman who embarks on a 14-day hiatus at a Buddhist monastery to combat insomnia. He is surprised that his newly shaved head and red robes have made him a respected figure among rural villagers, but also learns of certain monks profiteering off destitute followers. "Ice Poison" is a re-telling of the fall from Eden set amidst the economic despair of rural Myanmar, where the temptation of easy money and the consequence of ruinous choices shine a brutal light on the harsh reality of drugs. "City of Jade" refers to the mythical jade mines of Kachin, a Burmese war-torn state on the border with China. Among the people who flock to the dangerous mines in hopes of striking rich are Midi Z's own estranged older brother. "The Road to Mandalay" follows a pair of illegal immigrants crossing into Thailand in search of a better life. When one's ambitions outweigh another, however, the couple struggle to reconcile their differences while navigating Bangkok's unofficial economy, where both labor and life are cheap. After attending the Museum of the Moving Image program in New York, Midi Z will hold a talk at the Harvard Film Archive on June 4, before spending a weekend at Freer | Sackler, the Smithsonian's museums of Asian art in Washington, DC. ‘Return to Myanmar: The Films of Midi Z’ Date: June 2 – 3, 2018 Venue: Museum of Moving Image Address: 36-01 35 Ave, Astoria, NY 11106 ‘Cinema of Resistance’ Date: June 4, 2018 Venue: Harvard Film Archive (Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts) Address: 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 ‘Borderlands: A Weekend with Midi Z’ Date: June 8 – 10, 2018 Venue: Freer | Sackler Gallery (Smithsonian) Address: National Mall in Washington, DC