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THE NEXT STAGE Webinar Series Episode 2: Extending Our Reach - Performance in a Digital Age

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Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles partners with Western Arts Alliance (WAA) to present six webinars titled as “THE NEXT STAGE: Essential Issues in Performing Arts Creation, Presentation, and Engagement” starting from April, 2021. The 2nd webinar “Extending Our Reach - Performance in a Digital Age” will take place at 5 PM PST on May 26th via Zoom with streaming on Facebook and YouTube channel of WAA. The panelists LIN Ting-Chun (The Director of Programming and International Development at the National Theater and Concert Hall in Taipei), Ty Defoe (Interdisciplinary Artist), Janet Cowperthwaite (Manager of Kronos Quartet), and Seth Parker Woods (Cellist) are invited to talk with moderator Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti (Musician & Composer) and to share how to explore the possibility of using technology in performances. Welcome to join at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/extending-our-reach-performance-in-a-digital-age-tickets-152572679993.

Rage by B.DANCE Presented Online at The University of Washington

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B.DANCE, founded in 2014 and led by the young Taiwanese choreographer Po-Cheng Tsai, is one of the emerging contemporary dance companies in Taiwan. The creation of the production “Rage,” premiered in 2018, was influenced and touched by some social events in Taiwan. The Taiwan Studies Program at the University of Washington (UW-TSP) will virtually present this production from May 26th to 30th, 2021, free for worldwide audiences. Additionally, there will be an interview with choreographer Po-Cheng Tsai at 7 PM PST on May 26th via YouTube channel and Facebook of UW-TSP. Welcome to register online at here.

“Focus on Taiwan” at Frameline45 San Francisco International LGBTQ+ Film Festival

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Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles partners with Frameline45 San Francisco International LGBTQ+ Film Festival to present 3 feature films and 4 short films in “Focus on Taiwan” through June 17th to 27th, 2021. Featuring LGBTQ+ relationships and the evolution of queer filmmaking in Taiwan, the Taiwanese line-up include “Dear Tenant,” which is the winner for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Film Score at Golden Horse Awards; “As We Like It,” which was selected for the International Film Festival Rotterdam, and the romantic comedy “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” Besides the feature films, 4 short films will also be screened, which comprise “Unnamed,” “Hidden,” “Taiwan Pride for the World,” and “Undercurrent.” Moreover, a special Taiwan virtual panel will be held with the Taiwanese filmmakers. Stay tuned for more information coming soon!

Ongoing Event

DIRECT TO TAIWAN at CAAMFest 2021

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DIRECT TO TAIWAN was first launched at CAAMFest 2021 from May 13th to 23rd, 2021, featuring four Taiwanese films followed by post-screening Q&As. Feature films include “Taipei Suicide Story” and “Radio! Ready Oh!” and two short films “Kuroshio Current” and “Swingin’”. For more information about DIRECT TO TAIWAN, please visit https://la.us.taiwan.culture.tw/information_141_127250.html.

Enjoy Encore THE NEXT STAGE Webinar Series Episode 1: Creation in Isolation - Adversity Meets Innovation

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“Creation in Isolation - Adversity Meets Innovation” was the first event of “The Next Stage” webinar series presented by Western Arts Alliance (WAA) and Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles on April 26th, 2021. Cheng Tsung-lung (Artistic Director, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan), Farooq Chaudhry (Executive Producer, Akram Khan Company), and Aditya Prakash (Artist, Aditya Prakash Ensemble) shared with moderator Chris Lorway (Executive Director, Stanford Live) how to transform challenges into their creations during the pandemic. Enjoy this encore webinar at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iQGcO3Z6JQ.

Please Enjoy Virtual Concert by Taiwan’s National Symphony Orchestra

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Join the virtual concert featuring Taiwan’s National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) by Sundays Live of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), originally premiered on May 2nd, 2021. NSO performs 4 works by Taiwanese composers, including Tyzen Hsiao’s “The Angel from Formosa,” Yu-Shian Deng’s “Bang Chhun Hong (Longing for the Spring Breeze)” (arr. by Tyzen Hsiao), Ching-Mei Lin’s “Song of Reverberant Emerald,” and I-Uen Wang Hwang’s “Hakka Fantasy.” Watch the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmZYKkqhK8c.

“Treasures in Gold & Jade: Masterworks from Taiwan” Exhibited at the Bowers Museum

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“Treasures in Gold & Jade: Masterworks from Taiwan”is now on display at the Bowers Museum until September 5th, 2021. This exhibition showcases 44 elegant gold and jade artworks by Taiwanese artists Wu Ching and Huang Fu-Shou. For more information, please visit https://la.us.taiwan.culture.tw/information_141_126225.html.

Wu Ching’s Mantis Capturing Cicada (above right) vividly redefines the delicacy of nature by creating a new view of insects and plants through gold, that allows us to see tiny details. This artwork presents a mantis preparing to catch a cicada, while unawares that there might be an oriole behind. The implication inside is that he hopes people will love these little creatures and allow them to return to the embrace of nature.

In Signals Spring (above left), Huang Fu-Shou challenges the visual focus of the viewer. He is an expert at using jade, depicting the details of insect wings and tentacles, as well as the intricate veins of leaves. This delicate artwork makes you cautious, fearing that a careless move might damage the early spring leaf buds and frighten the inhabiting bee. This delicate beauty makes us cherish everything!

Welcome to visit “After Hope” Exhibition in the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

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“After Hope: Videos of Resistance,” which explores the role of hope in contemporary art and activism, is now on display through December 2021 at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. Three outstanding Taiwanese artists and their video works are invited, including Isa Ho's “Peony,” Guang-Ming Yuan’s “The 561st Hour of Occupation,” and Kuang-Yu Tsui’s “Stay Calm.”

Yuan Guang-Ming (b. 1965; Taipei, Taiwan) is recognized as a pioneer of Taiwan’s video art and is one of the most influential artists in the field of new media art today. In “The 561st Hour of Occupation,” Yuan films a moment from the 2014 Sunflower Student Movement in Taiwan, during which students occupied Taiwan’s parliament for 585 hours. He uses a slowed-down playback speed of the Taiwanese national anthem by 50% in the empty parliamentary chamber, creating a grandiose soundtrack that turns the space into a churchlike atmosphere, where protest slogans are enshrined and the future political ecology of Taiwan is impacted. For more information, please visit https://la.us.taiwan.culture.tw/information_141_125746.html.

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