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
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
Puppets in the Green Mountains Festival
Saturday. Sep 22 at 11:00, 14:00
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.
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
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