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Cloud Gate Kicks Off 2022 US Tour in October with CHENG Tsung-lung's 13 TONGUES
As the COVID pandemic is receding after two years, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan will resume its first overseas tour in the US in October, with its current Artistic Director CHENG Tsung-lung’s 13 Tongues. Inspired by CHENG’s childhood memories of Taipei’s oldest district, Bangka, 13 Tongues is full of the vivacity of street life and the imagination of people living there.

The tour is scheduled to kick off Oct. 1 in Houston, Texas, followed by performances on Oct. 6 in Palo Alto, California; Oct. 14-15 in Chicago, Illinois; Oct. 20-22 in Washington, D.C.; Oct. 26 in Costa Mesa, California; and Oct. 29-30 in Berkeley, California.

Founded in 1973 by internationally renowned choreographer Lin Hwai-min, Cloud Gate is acclaimed as “Asia’s leading contemporary dance theater” (The Times) and “One of the best dance companies in the world” (FAZ).

To know more about the creative process and Taiwan’s culture used in 13 Tongues, welcome to see the documentary “Behind the Scenes: Creation of 13 Tongues.

For event and ticketing information on Cloud Gate's US tour, please visit Cloud Gate's website:

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Tsai Ming-liang to Make First Visit to US in Over a Decade
Tsai Ming-liang, the world-renowned avant-garde director, will make his first public visit to the United States in over a decade. Tsai has been invited by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art in Washington D.C., the Harvard Film Archive in Cambridge, the University of Chicago, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. The momentous occasion will be accompanied by major retrospective programs at these cultural organizations to showcase Tsai’s cinema.
From September 30 through October 24, Tsai will be joined by actor Lee Kang-sheng and Anong Houngheuangsy, both of whom are featured in his latest film, “Days,” for visits to Chicago, Washington D.C., Cambridge, and New York City. The retrospective programs will screen 21 Tsai’s works over his 30-year career, including 2021 short films “The Night” and “The Moon and the Tree.” Tsai will give a special talk/performance titled “Improvisations on the Memory of Cinema,” which incorporates storytelling, drawing, and reminiscing over his life and work, to audiences in Washington D.C. and New York City. First presented at the Venice Film Festival in 2019, this partially improvised event serves as an intimate self-portrait of an artist at work.

Moreover, MoMA announced that the museum has acquired one of Tsai’s masterpieces, “Face,” which was commissioned by the Louvre and shot largely within the museum’s premises in 2009. According to MoMA, “With the world-renowned art collection as its backdrop, Face is a gorgeously shot and composed work filled with dreamy sequences that resemble performance art installations.”

In response to the news, Tsai shared that “It is like a dream come true since I have always wanted to bring my films to museums.” Tsai has devoted himself to the creation of contemporary art in recent years, and he believes that films are also a form of artwork. For the upcoming US retrospectives and tour, Tsai said that he feels very honored to receive invitations from major art and academic institutions in the United States. While Tsai doesn’t consider himself to be a prolific film director, each and every film he’s produced has received critical acclaim at home and abroad. With the company of Lee and Houngheuangsy, “I can imagine this journey will be memorable,” Tsai added.

A leading filmmaker of contemporary Chinese-language cinema, Tsai Ming-Liang has produced one of the most striking cinematic oeuvres of the past quarter-century. Malaysian by birth, Taiwanese by residence, internationally funded but belonging to nowhere in particular, Tsai’s moody, pensive, deadpan films are haunted by loss, failure, and broken attachments. But these films are not mere exercises in nostalgia: collaging the fragments of contemporary life into a cinema of alienation, precarity, and queerness, Tsai’s slow style and serial characters iterate and interrogate all the ways attachment falls short amid the austerity, inequality, and increasing uncertainty rapidly proliferating in the margins of modernity.

Tsai’s US tour was originally scheduled to take place in 2020, but it was postponed due to the pandemic.

The tour is made possible by Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture.

For screening schedules and program details:
The University of Chicago, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University:

Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art in Washington, D.C.:

Harvard Film Archive:

The Museum of Modern Art:

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Taiwanese Author Kevin Chen to Give Author Talks in the US

From October 24-27, Taiwanese author Kevin Chen (陳思宏) will give four author talks in New York and Washington, D.C., to discuss his best-selling novel, Ghost Town (鬼地方).

Ghost Town won multiple literary awards after its release in Taiwan in 2019, and it has already been translated into English, Korean, Vietnamese, Italian, and other languages. The English version, translated by Darryl Sterk, was first published by Europa Editions in the UK this August and will be available in the US on October 25.

The story is about a small town in Taiwan’s countryside and a family haunted by its own ghosts. The protagonist, Chen Tien-Hong, has just been released from prison after killing his boyfriend, and he returns from Berlin to his desolate hometown, Yongjing, the same place he fled years ago to escape from family expectations and seek acceptance as a gay man. He arrives during the Ghost Festival, a traditional Taiwanese festival in which it is said that the gates of hell are wide open, adding hellish elements to Chen’s and his five sisters’ lives. The story is told through a number of voices–both living and dead–and moves back and forth through time. As the story evolves, readers come closer to the crux of the family’s dysfunction and piece together why Chen committed the murder.

The novel has attracted global attention and was listed in the New York Times’ 2022 Booklist, “33 Works of Fiction and Poetry Coming This Fall.” The Booklist review stated that “Author Kevin Chen has done a masterful job of managing his material, creating multidimensional characters, a beautifully realized setting, and an apposite surprise ending.”

Kevin Chen began his career as an actor, starring in Taiwanese and German films such as Ghosted, Kung Bao Huhn, and Global Player. Now a writer based in Berlin, Germany, he has published several novels and short story collections, including Attitude, Flower from Fingernail, Ghosts by Torchlight, Rebellious Berlin, and Three Ways to Get Rid of Allergies. Ghost Town is Kevin Chen’s first novel to be released in English.

With the support of Taipei Cultural Center in New York, Kevin Chen will visit New York Public Library, Hunter College, Queens Public Library-Bayside, and George Washington University in October to discuss Ghost Town.


Author Talks: Kevin Chen

New York Public Library

Time: Monday, October 24, 2:00-3:00 pm ET (virtual and in-person)

Venue: Room 304 at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL) and online via Zoom

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Queens Public Library

Time: Tuesday, October 25, 4:00-5:45 pm ET (in-person)

Venue: Queens Public Library-Bayside

* This event includes a book sale/signing

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Hunter College

Time: Wednesday, October 26, 2:30-4:00 pm ET (in-person)

Venue: The Leona & Marcy Chanin Language Center, B126 (Hunter West Building)

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George Washington University

Time: Thursday, October 27, 4:30-6:00 pm ET (in-person)

Venue: George Washington University

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