In This Season
Weiwuying Arts Festival 2017
Featuring top artists from Taiwan and around the world, Weiwuying Arts Festival 2017, from 27 Oct to 26 Nov, presents a dynamic programme that includes dance, music, theatre, circus art, as well as international symposium and professional academy to bring performing arts closer to the general public.
Starting from 27 Oct, Weiwuying Arts Festival opens with renowned Japanese theatre group, Ishinha’s farewell performance AMAHARA – When a Gray Taiwanese Cow Stretched. Created by the talented late director Yukichi Matsumoto, the play explores immigration and wanderings in the Asian archipelagos with the company’s unique aesthetics. Situated against Kaohsiung’s beautiful sunset backdrop, Ishinha brings the massive ship replica onto Weiwuying’s expanded park grounds.
- The legendary Taiwanese opera diva Chiung-Chih Liao, and National Chinese Orchestra Taiwan will reunite again to present Ms Liao’s life story with traditional Chinese opera, contemporary theatre, dance, and original music.
- Choreographer Kuan-Hsiang Liu’s work, Kids was the first piece by an Asian choreographer presented in Aerowaves’ 2017 Spring Forward Dance Festival. The work takes audience on a spiritual journey that delves into death, illness and memories with his late mother.
- Presenting with Kaohsiung City Symphony Orchestra, Cin Cinema concert showcases Cincin Lee’s original composition and renowned movie soundtracks.
- Weiwuying Circus Platform: Circus lovers, ready to be thrilled with artists around the world! Circus professionals will be able to sharpen their skills with a four-day workshop held in partnership with Centre National des Arts du Cirque (CNAC).
- UK’s preeminent circus company, Acrojou, presents Frantic, a story about a couple’s search for love and freedom. The performers dance within a Cyr wheel in the rain creates a surreal moment.
- Hailed from France, La Cie POC’s BPM2.1 is a marvel that blends body percussion, flute, saxophone and electronic music seamlessly.
- Boom! is a mask theatre spectacle presented by Peter Sweet and David Poznanter. The show includes masks, circus, lasso, Cyr wheels, juggling and live music.
- International Symposium: Under the topic of We Lead in Placemaking, local community and leaders of arts centers and festivals from UK, France, Germany, Australia and Taiwan will share their experiences and imagine new possibilities.
- Professional Academy: This year, the Academy brings Liz Pugh, co-founder and creative producer of Walk the Plank, in workshops to put realisation in engaging outdoor events.
- Hotter than the Sun Music Festival: Enjoy a diverse programme featuring some of the most innovative musicians in Asia and cross among genres: traditional Korean music infused with hip-hop’s rhythm; a soulful Taiwanese aboriginal singer; an award-winning Hakka rock band and more!
New Director of Artistic Planning
Elise Lin is a senior programming administrator with extensive experiences in music, dance, opera and international collaborations. Graduated from New York University with MA degree in Performing Arts Administration, Lin served as artistic planning professional for National Performing Arts Center-National Taichung Theater, Eslite Performance Hall, National Symphony Orchestra, Taiwan and Taipei Symphony Orchestra over the past twenty years.
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