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B.Dance's “The Cell” to Have Its North American Premiere at the Dance on Camera Festival on February 11
2023/01/26
The Cell, a short dance film produced by B.DANCE’s choreographer and artistic director Po Cheng Tsai (蔡博丞) and emerging filmmaker Meng Hsueh Ho (何孟學), has been selected for the 51st edition of the Dance on Camera Festival. It will have its North American premiere as part of “Program 3: Global Shorts” on February 11 at 3:45 pm at Film at Lincoln Center.

B.DANCE was founded by Po-Cheng Tsai in 2014. Since then, Tsai has presented several original pieces to an international audience and received critical acclaim. In 2018, tanz, a German magazine, included Tsai as one of the 2017/2018 most promising young choreographers around the world. Moreover, Tsai was named as the “best emerging choreographer of the year” by the France National Board of Performance Arts in 2020 and one of the “Ten Outstanding Young Persons” in Taiwan in 2021.

The Cell was originally Tsai’s fifth full-length dance work in 2022, but due to the pandemic, all in-person performances around the world were cancelled. However, thanks to a special subsidy program launched by Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture and National Performing Arts Center, Tsai, in collaboration with Meng Hsueh Ho, was able to adopt the original creative idea of The Cell to produce a dance film. This format allows The Cell to be accessible to a broader audience, including many viewers who would not have been able to see the performance live.

According to B.DANCE, The Cell is a surreal piece on separation and dissociation, inspired by the feelings of loneliness and social isolation prevalent during the pandemic. The official film introduction used for Dance on Camera Festival 2023 has been provided below:

“In these post-pandemic times, a bright white light floods the stage and begins to speak: close your eyes, come with me toward the supernormal, let’s go, go to that transcendent space-time jump. Every character is in the dancer, so which one is real? On the verge of disassociation, light leaks into shadow, a new day dawns. Today, which self will go along?”

The Dance on Camera Festival, presented by Dance Films Association and Film at Lincoln Center (FLC), is the longest-running dance film festival in the world. This year, the festival will take place from February 10-13, featuring 13 programs and a total of 30 new films, which were selected from more than 290 submissions representing 35 countries.

“This year’s Dance on Camera Festival showcases a rich international collection of films that offer insightful profiles of visionary artists and stories that touch the heart,” said co-curator Michael Trusnovec.

For additional information regarding the festival, please visit Film at Lincoln Center at filmlinc.org and Dance Films Association at dancefilms.org.
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Twincussion to perform free concert at John Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage on Feb. 1
2023/01/20
Taiwanese musical act Twincussion will perform a free concert at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 6:00 p.m. The occasion will mark their first time performing in the United States. Advance online reservations are set to open on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 10:00 a.m. Seating is first come, first served, and there will be also an online streaming on the website during the performance.

The group was formed by Taiwanese twin brothers Jen-Ting and Jen-Yu Chien. With their unique music partnership having begun over 20 years ago at the age of six, the twins present a new face in the field of percussion. Their diverse repertoires range from romantic transcriptions to contemporary music. The duo connects music from East Asia to the West and has commissioned original percussion compositions from Taiwanese folksongs to electronic music.

Twincussion has won multiple international music competitions in Europe and North America. Their first international debut was at the 2014 Southern California International Marimba Competition where they received the Grand Honorable Mention, coming in at second place. In 2016, they travelled to Europe and won first prize in the ensemble category at the International Percussion Competition in Italy. They were awarded first prize in the 2018 Soloist Competition at the Royal Danish Academy of Music and received the Idella Foundation scholarship in Copenhagen.

They were recently selected as the Artist of Center Stage Season 6 presented by the U.S. State Department. They will have a month-long tour in the beginning of 2023 in the United States sharing their music with the U.S. community. Center Stage is a public diplomacy initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs with funding provided by the U.S. Government, administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts in cooperation with the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations.

For more information, please visit the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ website: https://www.kennedy-center.org/whats-on/millennium-stage/2023/02-february/twincussion/.
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“The Piano Tuner,” award-winning Taiwanese author Chiang-Sheng Kuo’s novel, is now available in the US
2023/01/19
The English translation of "The Piano Tuner (尋琴者)," a novel written by award-winning Taiwanese author Chiang-Sheng Kuo(郭強生) and published by Arcade Publishing, officially hit the shelves on Jan. 3, with 14 other languages to be released successively.

The novel revolves around a bald, ugly piano tuner in his forties, who was once a musical prodigy. As the story progresses, a lifetime of secrets concealed by him will be revealed.

At a press conference in Taiwan on Jan. 6, Kuo stated that a piece of fine literature work always shows the true heart and feelings of the writer. His works never focus on any special topic, but are closely related to his personal life experience. Kuo said that the novel was inspired by his first lover who "left" him in 1996 and this experience triggered feelings of loneliness, disillusionment, farewell, and death. After 26 years, he turned this unforgettable relationship into a novel.

The first translated version of The Piano Tuner was published in Mongolia in October, 2022. Following the release of the English version in the US, the French version will be launched in February, and the Korean version will be published in April. The Japanese version is scheduled to be published by Shinchosha Publishing Co, Ltd next year.

Kou graduated from the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at National Taiwan University and earned a PhD in drama from New York University. He currently teaches in the Department of Language and Creative Writing at the National Taipei University of Education. The Piano Tuner was a bestseller and swept every major literary award in Taiwan, including the 2021 United Daily Literature Award, 2020 Taiwan Literature Golden Award, and 2020 Openbook Book of the Year Award as well as other honors.


For more information about the book, please click here.
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International authors to partake in 2023 Taipei International Book Exhibition
2023/01/10
The 31st Taipei International Book Exhibition will be held at the Taipei World Trade Center Hall 1 from Jan. 31 to Feb. 5 under the theme of "The Multiverse of Reading," featuring Poland as the guest of honor.

Those present at the press conference on Dec. 29 included the Ministry of Culture's Department of Humanities and Publications director Chen Ying-fang (陳瑩芳), Taipei Book Fair Foundation chairman Chao Cheng-ming (趙政岷), director of the Polish Office in Taipei Cyryl Kozaczewski, and more.

MOC stated that Poland was first invited as a guest of honor in 2017 and the invitation materialized after years of preparation. The book exhibition will showcase a wide range of content and bring together distinguished authors to allow readers from home and abroad to learn more about the publication, history and culture of Poland.

Co-organized by the Polish Book Institute and the Taipei Representative Office in Poland, the Polish Pavilion is to consist of three main sections, featuring 23 historical books, children's picture books from 1918 to 2018 and historical collections. Copies of some historical publications, including the musical score for Polish-French pianist Frederic Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor and astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus' On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres, will be displayed at the book fair.

This year, the organizer of the Polish pavilion has invited six distinguished authors, two renowned illustrators and important publishing houses from Poland to participate. The attendees include Andrzej Sapkowski, the author of the best-selling books The Witcher series, and Witold Szablowski, several of whose books have been translated into Mandarin, to name a few. They will attend activities such as readings and interactive workshops at the fair.

A Poland Night will be held on Feb. 4, featuring Polish cuisine and a music performance by Dagadana, a Polish-Ukrainian band that fuses jazz, electronic and folk music.

The fair will also feature pavilions from Italy, France, Germany, and South Korea, among others. For more information, please visit the Taipei International Book Exhibition's official website and Facebook page.
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Taiwanese artist Poyen Wang’s solo exhibition, Endearing Insanity opens at the Essex Flowers
2023/01/06
Taipei Cultural Center in New York is very glad to share the news. Taiwanese artist Poyen Wang, who will be a residency artist in Triangle Arts Association in New York, is holding a solo exhibition, Endearing Insanity.

Endearing Insanity is named after Poyen Wang’s latest video work which is a 9-minute film using 3D Computer graphics, alongside a series of still images derived from the film.

The centerpiece film is punctuated by mundane words of self-introduction, sensual but eerie bodily gestures, and dramatic sound effects, reflecting the longing for connection and the desire for visibility within a displaced environment.

The film takes place in a small apartment kitchen which references where the artist once lived in Brooklyn, New York. A seemingly ragged protagonist constrained in various enclosed spaces such as a cabinet, microwave, and sink, performs a monologue waiting for someone to visit. The spoken words are composed of found text from online message boards, hovering between sincerity and absurdity. A collage of sounds including liquid, wind, and drums suggests an unstable state and enhances the theatrical tension of everyday life.

Employing the genres of horror and erotica, Endearing Insanity navigates the threshold where sensuality and terror meet. By utilizing the sensual as a tool, the protagonist calls the viewer to enter their intimate realm, gaining agency in the displaced environment. The work embraces contradictory ideas, dissolving boundaries and oscillating between the seductive and the repellant, the private and the public, and the self and the other.

Exhibition Information
Title: Endearing Insanity
Venue: Essex Flowers (19 Monroe St. New York, NY 10002)
Exhibition: January 7, 2023 to February 5, 2023

About the artist Poyen Wang (王博彥poyenwang.com)
Poyen Wang is an artist and filmmaker, born and raised in Taiwan and currently based in New York City. His recent practice employs world-building through 3D computer graphics to create narratives that grapple with issues of identity, sexuality and masculinity. He has had solo exhibitions at the Taipei Digital Art Center, Taiwan; 18th Street Arts Center, Los Angeles; Flux Factory, New York; and the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts. His work was recently exhibited in Bronx Calling: The Fifth AIM Biennial at the Bronx Museum of the Arts in New York, and will be included in VIDEONALE.19 – Festival for Video and Time-Based Art at Kunstmuseum Bonn in Germany. He is currently teaching at Hunter College and Pratt Institute in New York City.

About the Essex Flowers (essexflowers.us)
Essex Flowers, the artist-run collective and gallery that opened in 2013 in the basement of a Lower East Side flower shop on Grand Street before moving to Monroe Street in Chinatown. It launched as a showcase for emerging artists.

Endearing Insanity, 9 minute animation, 2022, Photo Courtesy of the Artists, Poyen Wang
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Happy New Year 2023!
2023/01/01
Dear friends and colleagues,

What a journey 2022 has been for us.

In January, Taipei Cultural Center in New York welcomed our first artists since March 2020. During the pandemic, Wei-Chia Su (蘇威嘉), Yu-Ting Fang (方妤婷), and Hoa Cheng (鄭皓) traveled to New York from halfway around the world to perform at the 2022 Contemporary Dance Festival: Japan + East Asia and received critical acclaim from the New York Times, Broadway World, and Dance Tabs for their performance.

This year, the dedication of many truly incredible Taiwanese artists has allowed us to share wonderful moments and showcase the beauty of Taiwanese art with you all. On behalf of TCCNY, I would like to thank Tsai Ming-liang (蔡明亮), Lee Kang-sheng (李康生), Anong Houngheuangsy (亞儂弘尚希), Tom Teng (鄧仲謀), C.J. Wang (王希捷), Wen-Yee Hsieh (謝文毅), Wei-Chia Su (蘇威嘉), Yu-Ting Fang (方妤婷), Hoa Cheng (鄭皓), Michael Lin(林明弘), Hsin-Chien Huang (黃心健), Leigh Li-Yun Wen (鄭麗雲), Cheng Tsung Feng (范承宗), Chien-Fan Liu (劉倩帆), Ruei-Yi Fang (房瑞儀), Wu Chien-Hsing (吳建興), Ying-Chiun Lee (李穎軍), Alice Nien-Pu Ko (柯念璞), Sandra Hsu (徐有潔), Hsin-Chin Evelyn Hsieh (謝欣岑), Yu-Ying Wu (吳郁瑩), Yuchin Chen (陳又津), Chi Ta-Wei (紀大偉), and Kevin Chen (陳思宏), as well as the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan (雲門舞集), Ju Percussion Group (朱宗慶打擊樂團), and Shan Puppet Theater (山宛然客家布袋戲團).

By sharing their talents with a broader audience, even more people have been able to experience a slice of Taiwan. In addition, our lobby is now filled with the warmth and vibrant color of Taiwan. Thanks to the completion of "Island Life," Michael Lin's large-scale, site-specific art installation. We welcome everyone to stop by and immerse themselves in Lin’s beautiful painting.

Thank you so much for your continued support for TCCNY. Happy New Year!

Huichun Jo Chang 張惠君
Director of Taipei Cultural Center in New York
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New York Times Describes Millennium Mambo as a Lush, Mysterious Tale From Taiwan
2022/12/23
Film critic J. Hoberman wrote an article introducing the recent restoration of Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s Millennium Mambo for the New York Times on December 23. Hoberman’s article includes the following excerpts regarding the film:

“A 4K restoration of Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s thrumming, visually bold movie about a self-destructive club girl retains its capital-L look.”

“Sordid yet transcendent, bathed in neon haze and set to a relentless techno-beat, Hou Hsiao-hsien’s ‘Millennium Mambo’ — the tale of a teenage Taipei club girl — is not only the most pop movie the great Taiwanese filmmaker has ever made but, intermittently, among the most astonishingly beautiful.”

“Hou’s first feature since his exquisite period piece ‘Flowers of Shanghai,’ the movie marked his entry into contemporary territory occupied by two of his younger admirers, the filmmakers Olivier Assayas and Wong Kar-wai.” Millennium Mambo premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2001, and Metrograph is currently re-releasing the 2001 film under a new 4K edition in theaters and at home.

Millennium Mambo is part of Taipei Stories program, which opened on December 23 at the Metrograph Theater in Manhattan.

The full article is available online below:
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/22/movies/millennium-mambo-hou-hsiao-hsien.html

Millennium Mambo premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2001. Metrograph Pictures is re-releasing the 2001 film with a new 4K edition in theaters and at home. Millennium Mambo is a part of Taipei Stories program opened Dec. 23 at Metrograph, Manhattan.

New York Times digital version:
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/22/movies/millennium-mambo-hou-hsiao-hsien.html
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