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National Chinese Orchestra, Taiwan Celebrates Taiwanese Culture through music
2018/09/15

The National Chinese Orchestra Taiwan is the premier orchestra of traditional Chinese instruments from Taiwan. The 2018 Michigan tour will feature a 10 piece chamber ensemble, performing original works and works based on traditional Taiwanese folk music for solo instruments and chamber ensembles.

 

*9/13/18 12 :00 pm Eastern Michigan University

*9/13/18 7:30 pm University of Michigan

*9/14/18 2:00 pm Oakland University

*9/15/18 3:00 pm Detroit Institute of Arts-Detroit Film Theater

*9/16/18 3:00 pm Detroit Institute of Arts-Rivera Court

 

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Puppet and Its Double 2018 North America Tour
2018/09/12

Mr. Ruraru’s Yard

The RVCCArts and Puppets in the Green Mountains Festival will be hosting The Puppet and Its Double from Taiwan which celebrates culture and diversity with the non-verbal show Mr. Ruraru’s Yard. 

Grouchy old Mr. Ruraru finds a log in his yard. But is it actually a log...or an alligator? This highly inventive, non-verbal puppet theatre production celebrates the joy of sharing and beauty of nature. 

This contemporary Taiwanese company brings a Japanese children’s book to life in an evocative piece about an old man who tries to keep his backyard tame and free of nature and its critters. A story for family audiences told entirely without words, but with delight and joy, and a sensory feast for people of all ages. The animals, all made from abstract pieces of driftwood, finally win Mr. Ruraru over, of course. He sees that, first of all, nature belongs in a garden, but also, that he learns to delight in nature. By getting to know nature, he discovers what it is and why it is wonderful.

New Jersey Tour

Nash Theater at RVCCArts

Friday Sep.14 at 19:00

Saturday Sep 15 at 15:00

For tickets

http://www.rvccarts.org/19/Events/Calendar.html#Ruraru

 

Vermont Tour

Puppets in the Green Mountains Festival

Saturday. Sep 22 at 11:00, 14:00

For tickets

http://puppetsinthegreenmountains.com/mr-rurarus-yard/ 


About The Puppet and its Double Theate

The Puppet and its Double Theater is recognized as one of the most iconic theatre companies in Taiwan.  Their works bridge worlds by blending contemporary puppet forms with recognizably Taiwanese cultural identity, their original design, and their choice of stories. 

Puppet & Its Double strongly believes that “everything can be a puppet,” as it makes great effort to expand the theatrical potentiality of puppetry in contemporary performing arts and to welcome every possible interdisciplinary experiment.  It is particularly known for its exquisite puppet-making and design, while its performance ranges from glove puppet, string puppet, rod puppet, table-top puppet, shadow theatre, etc.  By bringing actors and puppets together on stage and adopting a poetic theatrical language, it visualizes a world of imagination beyond what humans can do and fascinates us with its thought-provoking fantasy and transformative identities. 

Puppet & Its Double moved its base from Taipei to Wujie, Yilan in 2013, where it turned the abandoned barns into Lìzé Puppet Art Colony, equipped with rehearsal studios, a puppet building workshop, and a small performance space.  The aim of the art colony, as a major international platform for creative puppetry, is to offer domestic and foreign puppet artists a place to experiment and to exchange ideas, while it also organizes professional workshops regularly.

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“The Impossibility of Form” features new works by Taiwanese artists-in-residence
2018/09/06

Impossibility of Form, featuring new work from artists Tzu Tung Lee (Taiwan), and Kairon Liu (Taiwan), and Tomás Cunha Ferreira (Portugal), is slated to open on Sep. 15, 2018 and run through Oct. 14 at Cuchifritos Gallery in Essex Market. The show is co-presented by the Gallery and Residency Unlimited, and is curated by Jodi Waynberg.


Exploring a diversity of subjects—the status of the art object, political action, social inclusion—Lee, Liu, and Ferreira reject the rarefied space of categorical definitions moving between materiality and disciplines. Through distinct practices, their work investigates the complex relationship between institutional structures and visual language, and in both composition and content asserts a state of in-betweenness.


Beginning in 2017 and with the assistance from social networks, NGOs, and health authorities, Liu conducted in-depth interviews with HIV positive individuals from around the world. As an effort to fight stigma and discrimination against those with HIV, Liu create images and texts that portray the daily lives of those with the virus and gives viewers a new perspective of the HIV-positive community. Through “Humans as Hosts”, Liu presents his research and participation in the fight against AIDS in the forms of photography, archive collections, and video installations.


Lee's new work #GhostKeeper is a participatory project. As political violence continues to happen in the post-cold war era, #GhostKeeper invites people to contribute unknown stories of the oppressed and oppressors in their own countries. During the exhibition, viewers can add five avatars from Lee's installation to their Facebook friend list. These avatars are the unknown ghosts being awakened, revealing the before- and afterlife of political oppression. The avatars will be terminated at the last day of the show, their posts will be printed out and burned, sending this collaborative and fictional history to the spiritual world again.



About the artists:

Kairon Liu (劉仁凱, b. 1992)
As a visual artist and photographer, Liu’s practice reflects his observations about beliefs in human society through the creation of narratives exploring different issues related to  religion, disease, and common values. Liu is the National Winner of the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards.


Tzu Tung Lee (李紫彤,b. 1990)
Lee is a conceptual artist, whose art practice combines rigorous academic research with political activism. Through performances, web-art, installations, and films she examines topics including national identity, Sino-centrism, modernity and epistemological systems. Lee was awarded the Experimental Film funds from the National Cultural Art Foundation in Taiwan.


Exhibition dates: September 15 through October 14, 2018
Opening Reception:
Thursday, September 20 from 6-8pm
Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 12-6pm
Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space
120 Essex Street (inside Essex Market)
New York, NY 10002

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AsianInNY 10th Anniversary Fashion Show Feature Emerging Taiwanese Designer Pai Cheng Cheng and Joe Chan on Sep. 22
2018/09/04

The Taipei Cultural Center of TECO-NY is delighted to co-host AsianInNY 10th Anniversary Fashion Show on Sept. 22 from 2-4 pm at TF Chen Art Building (335 West 35th St, New York). It would be the most significant Asian fashion runway show during New York Fashion Week. Come to join us!

 

This year's fashion show will feature five fashion designers and brands including Jessica Chen, Pai Cheng Cheng, Joe Chan, Chelsea Liu and Alexandra Peng Charton. Sponsored by Ministry of Culture, Taiwanese designers Pai Cheng Cheng and Joe Chan would come to New York to display their latest fantastic design for the New York Fashion Week with a fusion of innovation and Asian style.

 

The runway fashion show will start at 3 pm, and a wonderful cocktail reception and performance will be hosted between 2-3pm. First 200 people who purchased the tickets will receive gift bags (over $100 value) sponsored by Erno Laszlo, Good Maker Beauty Expert and Sofer. For tickets, please visit: http://www.asianinny.com/?p=73463

 

About the designers:

 

Pai Cheng Cheng: www.chengpaicheng.com

Pai Cheng Cheng was born in Taipei Taiwan. After four years of studying Fashion Design in Shih Chien University, Pai Cheng received his Fashion Design Master Degree from Istituto Marangoni Milano. Pai Cheng established his brand “CHENG PAI CHENG” in October 2014 in Taiwan. Pai Cheng always tries to mix his Italy education background and experience as well as his fun personality into the outfit he creates: bright colors and digital printing are the main features of the brand. Because of his unique tone and print design, CHENG PAI CHENG design has dressed and collaborated with numerous famous artists and singers. All major media outlets in Asia have reported Pai Cheng’s collections.

 

Joe Chan: www.tsungyuchan.com

Joe Chan is from Taiwan and studied in Paris from 2010. He finished his study in ECOLE DE LA CHAMBRE SYNDICALE DE LA HAUTE COUTURE PARISIENNE and had interned in RICK OWENS showroom, AMERICAN RETRO and French womenswear label KOCHÉ, later also worked as an assistant designer in KOCHÉ till the end of 2015. After his more than five years lifetime in Paris, he decided to return to Taipei and started his menswear label TSUNG YU CHAN in 2016. Harper’s Bazaar 150 Years The Greatest Moments also invited Joe to create a special limited version t-shirt in 2017. Joe strives to bring his creativity and design from Europe back to Taiwan to combine with traditional Taiwanese techniques to create a modern style yet wearable high-end menswear.


Chelsea Liu: www.chelsealiu.net

Alexandra Peng Charton: www.tc-charton.com

Jessica Chen: www.atelier1901.com

 

*** Special performance TaiWonderful by Wow Taiwan  

*TaiWonderful performance is a combination of modern dance, magic, original song track and interactive video. The world’s famous “Cirque de Soliel” performer, Billy Chang, is the chief director of the show and Afu Ho, the band leader of Sodagreen, is the Producer. The show demonstrates the cultural evolution in Taiwan. For more info: https://www.facebook.com/WowTaiwanWay

 

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Lab B — A Taste of Taiwan in New York City
2018/08/10
From the organizer that brought the first ever Bubble Tea Festival last year that drew thousands to Times Square, they have teamed up with The Taiwanese collective to create an immersive, multimedia exhibition called Lab B to explore Taiwan’s most popular culinary export, bubble tea-the sweet tea drink studded with bouncy tapioca balls that fans slurp up through famously oversized, technicolor straws. Sponsored by Ministry of Culture, Lab B – Bubble Tea Festival as part fun house, part exhibition and part tea shop will open in SoHo August 17, 2018, on 107 Grand Street, New York. The opening party will be held on Friday, August 17 from 7- 9 PM.

The exhibition features a tasting journey with an in depth look into the history of bubble tea and offers tastings from some of New York’s finest boba shops. In the lab, you’ll experiment with different ingredients to create your very own, bubble tea concoction. There will be experts on hand to give you insights on the history of bubble tea, so that you can create a unique recipe all your own, a one of a kind drink made to your own slurpy, sweet and chewy specifications.

Lab B is brought by a collective of Taiwanese artist, writers and designers inspired by the chaos of New York—the busted trains, the muggy alleyways, and the chatter of the world's languages bumping against each other. Bubble Tea is uniquely Taiwanese, and represents the spirit of experimentation. What started as a simple combination of tea, milk, and tapioca, has morphed into hundreds of variations from Taipei to Kansas City.

About the event:

The Art Experience

Need a new tinder profile? Want to be instagram famous? We got you covered ;) Our Art Experience will include interactive installations to immerse you in a fantasized world of bubble tea. Take a dip in the bubble tea ball pool. Show your bubble tea love by bear hugging a gigantic bubble tea balloon. Capture a memory at the AR photo booth. Your friends will get serious FOMO for sure...

Tasting Room

We have created a room for a tasting journey with an in depth look into the history of bubble tea and offer tastings from some of New York’s finest boba shops. Originally Bubble tea was an accident but that opened the door for experimentation as it moved across the world and mingled together with each cities local flavor. Now bubble tea can be found anywhere from Taiwan to Akron Ohio each place with its own unique number of combinations.

The DIY Lab

In the lab you’ll experiment with different ingredients to create your very own, boba concoction. There will be experts on hand to give you some insight on the history of bubble tea so that you can create a unique recipe all your own. A one of a kind drink made to your own slurpy and sweet and chewy specifications.

Fresh Taiwan Design

One spotlight of the event is the Fresh Taiwan Design zone. There are four creative brands displayed in this area, which are Happiness Key, Kiwico, Yenchenyawen Design, and Eguchi. You may discover the fantastic culture and art of Taiwan through these excellent creative products. Furthermore, the organizer will host an open lottery on the last day of the Bubble Tea Festival to see who are the lucky guys to take home these original beautiful works.

Lab B Taiwanese Bubble Tea Festival
Date: Aug 17, 7-9pm (Opening), Aug 18 & 19, 11am-8pm
Venue:Soho 107 Grand Street, NY
Admission fee:USD 19(under three year old free)
Website:https://bubbletea.nyc/
Ticket:https://www.showclix.com/event/taiwanese-bubbletea-festival-labb
Instagram:taiwanesebubbleteafestival
Facebook: twbubbleteafest


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Fresh Taiwan at NY NOW 2018
2018/08/09
For a third year, Fresh Taiwan is exhibiting at NY NOW in New York, showcasing products by ten emerging Taiwanese designers — HMM, Studio Lim, DAQI Concept, PARSEC Design Studio, eguchi toys, [bi.du.haev], Singular Concept, Beyond Object, Yenchen-Yawen Design Studio, and Magi-Steel. Fresh Taiwan is a multi-dimensional cluster of creative products, featuring everything from coffee sets and tableware, to stationery, fashion accessories, decorations, and much more.

The NY NOW Summer Market is where US and multinational retailers go to discover the hottest home, lifestyle, and gift products from all around the globe. Founded in 1928, the trade show is held twice every year in January and August, and annually it attracts over 2,500 exhibitors with more than 100,000 products, along with over 55,000 buyers from 74 countries and regions. The past two years have brought great success Taiwanese designers, having secured deals with major retailers and corporate buyers.

If you’re heading to NY NOW, don’t miss Fresh Taiwan, booth 3930 in Hall 3A, Accent on Design. This year’s special feature is an experiential cold drip tea and coffee bar where you can enjoy a mug of home roasted coffee, or a delicate cup of Longjing tea. The cold drip tea and coffee is infused for 6 hours using the Cold Brew System designed by [bi.du.haev] and the coffee beans are specially roasted by the designers at HMM. Both brands are exhibiting new tea and coffee lifestyle products.

Fresh Taiwan is pedaling for a third successful year at NY NOW with more media exposure and business opportunities than ever before. To find out more, please visit: ccimarketing.org.tw
Fresh Taiwan at NY NOW 2018
WHEN: August 12-15, 2018
WHERE: Level 3, Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, NY
BOOTH: 3930 in Hall 3A, Accent on Design

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AAIFF 2018 Spotlights a Chien-Ming Wang documentary and 5 shorts from Taiwan
2018/07/23
The Taipei Cultural Center in New York is pleased to announce a continued partnership with the 41st Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) to present a special screening of the documentary following one of the most renowned Taiwanese baseball pitchers Chien-Ming Wang and a powerful lineup of short films from Taiwan.

This year, the centerpiece presentation will be the N.Y. premiere of Frank W. Chen’s remarkable documentary Late Life: The Chien-Ming Wang Story. Four years in the making, this intimate portrait explores the former Yankees ace Chien-Ming Wang’s comeback attempts with inner struggles and challenges following his professional baseball career derailed by shoulder surgery and other injuries. Chieh-Ming Wang, director Frank Chen, and producer Brian Yang will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A and a reception on July 29.

This year’s festival will also present five short films showcasing the vitality and compelling storytelling of Taiwanese filmmaking community. Titles include Ying Liang’s semi-autobiographical short, I Have Nothing to Say, whose feature length narrative A Family Tour was just selected in competition at the Locarno Film Festival. Other shorts include Albert Ventura’s Iphigenia’s Night, Chung-wei Huang’s Midnight Carnival, Chen-chieh Hsu’s Guo Mie, and Yung-shiuan Yang’s Stories about Him, the winner of Taipei Film Awards 2017 for the best animation.

As the first and longest running Asian film festival in the U.S., the AAIFF is devoted to films by and about Asians and Asian Americans. The 41st annual festival will take place from July 25 to August 4 at Cinema Village East (181-189 2nd Avenue) and Asia Society (725 Park Avenue). For full lineup and schedule please visit aaiff.org/2018

Screening Schedule:
All films listed below screen at the Village East Cinema (181-189 2nd Avenue)

Late Life: The Chien-Ming Wang Story
Sunday, July 29, 6:00 pm
Dir. Frank W. Chen / 99min / Documentary / New York Premiere
•Followed by a Q&A and a reception with director Frank W. Chen, producer Brian Yang, and cast Chien-Ming Wang!

Chien-Ming Wang was a supernova in Taiwan. His success as the ace of the New York Yankees rocketed him to a cult-like status on the island nation. We find Wang now at age 35, bouncing around the Independent and Minor Leagues, a fallen icon. The film delves into his comeback attempts, his life between endless rehab programs, his lengthy and often lonely stints away from home and family, and the inner struggles and weight he carries on his injured shoulders. LATE LIFE: THE CHIEN-MING WANG STORY tracks the extraordinary journey of an ordinary man—of someone who fell from the top and fights his way back up again.

Iphigenia’s Night
Thursday, July 26, 8:15 pm
Dir. Albert Ventura / 25min / International Premiere

While driving home from the airport at night, Jie is forced by a policeman onto a smaller local road where he accidentally hits a stranger running in the opposite direction. Jie discovers that the victim is blindfolded, dressed in an ancient Greek mask, and has a string protruding from his mouth. Possessed by curiosity, Jie pulls the string and discovers a message: “Open the black box in your suitcase.” A simple choice will turn this routine night into his worst nightmare.

Midnight Carnival
Friday, July 27, 5:30 pm
Dir. Chung-wei Huang / 19min / New York City Premiere
•Director Chung-wei Huang and cinematographer Joseph Kraemer in person!

Andrea Lin is a confused Taiwanese girl struggling to find her place in the world. In search of the adventure that is missing from her life, she takes a summer job in America working for a traveling carnival, where she is confronted with the harsh realities of life as a migrant worker. After struggling to connect with her carny co-workers, including Julio, a young, free-spirited Mexican man, she must come to terms with her feelings of wanting to belong, yet never feeling at home. This story is dedicated to the people who foolishly yet admirably continue to chase their dreams, against all odds.

I Have Nothing to Say
Saturday, July 28, 4:45pm
Dir. Ying Liang / 25 min / U.S. Premiere

A Chinese mother gets a home visit from the police because her daughter, a dissident filmmaker living in Hong Kong, is planning yet another critical film about China. She hasn’t seen her daughter for five years but sets off to talk to her, in spite of her failing health. Based on director Ying Liang’s personal experience of living in exile, I HAVE NOTHING TO SAY is a combined examination of politics and family tragedy.

Guo Mie
Wednesday, Aug 1, 6:00pm
Dir. Joseph Chen-chieh Hsu / 30 min / East Coast Premiere

In GUO MIE, a karaoke-addicted old woman struggles with her sense of self-worth at her estranged husband’s funeral where she encounters his younger and more sophisticated girlfriend, and finds out that her kids might have secretly been in touch with her late husband all these years. Imbued with elements of Edward Yang and Yasujiro Ozu, GUO MIE is a delicate, emotional ode to family.

Stories about Him
Wednesday, Aug 1, 6:00pm
Dir. Yung-shiuan Yang / 13 min / Animation / East Coast Premiere
In this artfully pieced together short, Yung Shiuan Yang mixes a wide range of techniques from collage, glass painting, and animation to tell the whimsical story of her grandfather. Her relatives say that he was a gold miner, a trainee, a businessman, and a hero. The stories they tell her are almost too difficult to imagine. Are these tales all real? Who on earth is he?

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