Collaborated with Japan Society, Taipei Cultural Center in New York is proud to co-present Contemporary Dance Festival: Japan + East Asia during the NYC conference of Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) in January of 2019. Kuan-Hsiang Liu’s Studio is invited to perform the Winner of 15th Taishin Performing Arts Award (2017), KIDS, in Japan Society at 7:30pm from January 4 to 5. In addition to Kids, we are proud to present Pollen Revolution by Mitsutake Kasai, from Japan, and Silver Knife by Goblin Party, from Korea.
Taiwanese choreographer and dancer Kuan-Hsiang LIU is a new talent on the international dance scene, whose luminous works often have autobiographical roots. Kids is a tribute to his late mother: it draws on recordings of conversations between her and Kuan-Hsiang during her last days, which touch on family memories, illusion and reality, and her impending passing. From this emerges an unorthodox and dazzling meditation on the eternal cycle of birth, life and death. Three virtuosic dancers veer from calm ritualistic movement to twisted, frantic physical extremes, yet this deliriously wild and undulating work is suffused with serenity and even joy. Kids celebrates the exuberance of life, in the face of death.
Choreographer/Dancer ｜Kuan-Hsiang LIU
Independent choreographer Kuan-Hsiang LIU , with his great grandfather being a blind fortune teller, grandfather a jazz musician, and father a photographer, he possesses not only the intuitive sense in transforming complicated humanity into intriguing movements, but also the music talent which thrives him to create his own composition for his dance work.
Kuan-Hsiang has been developing his physical language from personal life story and Taiwanese culture. He joined HORSE while creating his first two works. His first work in 2014, Hero, is for his deceased father. Kids in 2015, is a tribute to death exploring the very last journey of his mother and himself. Kids won the 15th Taishin Arts Performing Arts Award– a prestigious contemporary arts award in Taiwan, and showcased at the Taiwan Dance Platform Weiwuying(2016), Aerowaves Spring Forward, Aarhus, Denmark(2017). From 2017 onwards, Kids has been touring to the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Curator’s Academy Singapore. Kuan-Hsiang was commissioned by Cloud Gate Art Makers Project for Karma(2017), Cloud Gate 2 for Spring Riot and the NTCH for Dance Mix Program(2018.)
Friday, January 4 at 7:30pm *followed by MetLife Meet-the-Artists Reception
Saturday, January 5 at 7:30pm
Japan Society: 333 East 47th Street, New York, NY 10017
Ticket information: https://www.japansociety.org/event/contemporary-dance-festival-japan-east-asia