The Ministry of Culture (MOC) has launched a virtual "Arts Fun Theatre (藝Fun劇場)," screening six shows by Taiwanese performing arts troupes every weekend in support of the cultural and arts industry during the pandemic through August 29.
The programs, including musical, dance, traditional opera, modern drama film, puppet shows, family shows and others, display abundant creative energy of Taiwanese artists as well as the vibrant performing arts in Taiwan. MOC hopes to incorporate performing arts into the daily lives of the public and maintain the habit and enthusiasm of watching performances.
Co-organized by National Performing Arts Center and its subsidiaries - National Theater and Concert Hall (NTCH), National Taichung Theater (NTT), and National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying), "Art Fun Theatre" will be streamed on YouTube every Saturday and Sunday at 2:30am (EDT) and 7:30am (EDT).
Check out more information and program line-up at http://www.artsfuntheater.com/
The Ju Percussion Group, in collaboration with Very Mainstream Studio and partially sponsored by the Taipei Cultural Center in New York, presents "We need Ju," a video series aimed at a global audience in celebration of the group’s 35th anniversary.
Well-known around the world for their innovative blend of East and West, traditional and contemporary, Ju Percussion Group is a theatrical music percussion group consisting of members who possess masterful virtuosity in playing Western percussion instruments, as well as Chinese gong drum music and other forms of Asian traditional music. The members’ dynamic talent and showmanship consistently wowed audiences when they performed on stages all over the world. However, in this video project titled “We need Ju,” you will see all the members interact and exchange ideas with skilled musicians, supporting staff, and others involved with the theatrical process. Seven thematic short videos will show the connections between the percussion music profession and work, life, and all sectors of society, including the art of instrument handling, timbre development, and stage change, as well as lessons learned from baseball batters, Taiko drum masters, and audio effect producers. Each feature video echoes the Ju Percussion Group’s dream of “enhancing the wide interest in percussion music in Taiwan” and helping people in Taiwan enjoy the power of percussion music, not only in the theater, but also in their daily life.
The founder of the percussion group, Ju Tzong-Ching, said, “Indeed, the height of today will be the starting point tomorrow. If we can continue to lay a solid foundation and expand our base, I am convinced that there is so much more potential for Taiwan’s percussion music to expand its space, and create added values for all sectors of life, thereby instilling endless vitality to our society. Our active performances around the world will certainly become a famous MIT (made in Taiwan) product!”
An Introduction to the Ju Percussion Group:
Rooted in Taiwan and shining on the world stage, the Ju Percussion Group has continued to maintain its "moving on" spirit and unique approach to "blending tradition and modern, balancing East and West." To date, the group has played in 34 different countries around the world, and it has cultivated almost 150,000 percussion learners via its instruction system. The growth of the Ju Percussion Group is a reflection of the development of contemporary percussion on the island of Taiwan.
To further expand on its range of performances, the Ju Percussion Group holds three grand concerts every year, and these events serve to demonstrate its creativity, showcase its inherited cultural legacy, and fuse Western and Asian culture. Apart from its concert performances, another feature of the group is its composition of original musical pieces. The Ju Percussion Group is one of the few ensembles with its own exclusive composers, and the group has commissioned the creation of as many as 243 pieces. It invests massive resources in domestic and overseas creation to develop and treasure the voice of this era.
We need Ju— The Ju Percussion Group 35th Anniversary Video Project with 7 videos
Free streaming available on Official Website of Ju Percussion Group 35th Anniversary and Ju Percussion Group YouTube.
Two videos are available to watch now, and five more will be presented by the end of this year.
The Taipei Cultural Center is pleased to announce the launch of a new book, THE MEMBRANES, as one of the books in the series, Modern Chinese Literature from Taiwan, published by the Columbia University Press in New York.
“This rather astonishing science fiction novel is a powerful story about consciousness and connection with other people. It cuts right to the heart of our current moment by way of metaphor, but in a manner that is entirely Chi’s, and thus a new thing for English-language readers. What a surprising and exciting addition to science fiction and world literature.”
— Kim Stanley Robinson, author of Red Mars
*About the Book
It is the late twenty-first century, and Momo is the most celebrated dermal care technician in all of T City. Humanity has migrated to domes at the bottom of the sea to escape devastating climate change. The world is dominated by powerful media conglomerates and runs on exploited cyborg labor. Momo prefers to keep to herself, and anyway she’s too busy for other relationships: her clients include some of the city’s best-known media personalities. But after meeting her estranged mother, she begins to explore her true identity, a journey that leads to questioning the bounds of gender, memory, self, and reality. First published in Taiwan in 1995, The Membranes is a classic of queer speculative fiction in Chinese. Chi Ta-wei weaves dystopian tropes—heirloom animals, radiation-proof combat drones, sinister surveillance technologies—into a sensitive portrait of one young woman’s quest for self-understanding. Predicting everything from fitness tracking to social media saturation, this visionary and sublime novel stands out for its queer and trans themes. The Membranes reveals the diversity and originality of contemporary speculative fiction in Chinese, exploring gender and sexuality, technological domination, and regimes of capital, all while applying an unflinching self-reflexivity to the reader’s own role. Ari Larissa Heinrich’s translation brings Chi’s hybrid punk sensibility to all readers interested in books that test the limits of where speculative fiction can go.
*About the Author
Chi Ta-wei is a renowned writer and scholar from Taiwan. Chi’s scholarly work focuses on LGBT studies, disability studies, and Sinophone literary history, while his award-winning creative writing ranges from science fiction to queer short stories. He is an associate professor of Taiwanese literature at the National Chengchi University.
*About the Translator
Ari Larissa Heinrich is a professor of Chinese literature and media at the Australian National University. They are the author of Chinese Surplus: Biopolitical Aesthetics and the Medically Commodified Body (2018) and other books, and the translator of Qiu Miaojin’s novel Last Words from Montmartre (2014).
You may now read an excerpt from the book here: https://www.wordswithoutborders.org/dispatches/article/the-membranes-chi-ta-wei-ari-larissa-heinrich-first-read
And the Los Angeles Times book review here:https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/books/story/2021-05-25/review-what-a-1995-taiwanese-queer-sci-fi-novel-got-right-about-the-future