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Taiwanese troupes to take the stage at OFF d'Avignon in July

Source: Taiwantrade | Updated: 26 June 2015

Five Taiwanese troupes will be presenting their latest works at the 2015 OFF Festival d’Avignon in France from July 5 to 25.


With the assistance from the Taiwan Cultural Center in Paris, the French overseas office of the Ministry of Culture, the groups will showcase a diverse range of performance styles from Taiwan to the world during the renowned summer festival.


Representing Taiwan this year are: In Theatre, Horse Dance Theatre, 8213 Physical Dance Theatre, Langasan Theatre, and Riverbed Theatre. They will performing alongside their peers from all over the world in the French city Avignon.


The Taiwanese modern dance troupe, In Theatre, will stage “Tschüss!! Bunny,” a work exploring the meaning of life and rebirth, based on the concept of “now is the moment, and creation is the assembling of the fragments of lives.”


The all-male Taiwanese dance company, Horse Dance, will put on a production called “FreeSteps.” It aims to provoke the imagination of audience members through physical movement, choreography, rhythm, and motion.


Inspired by their travels, 8213 Physical Dance Theatre will present a work titled “Unlimited Soul” — a love story with no ending.


Established by the Cilangasan clan in Hualien, the Langasan Theatre's “Misa-Lisin” combines aboriginal Amis songs, myths, and rituals. Their powerful performance is shaped by the collective experiences of humanity.


Last but not least, the contemporary theatre group, Riverbed Theatre, will return to the festival this year with a new piece titled “Rêves de riz.” Drawing upon elements of traditional Liyuan opera and Nanguan Dance, the group has created a new performance style in Taiwan’s contemporary theater.


The annual OFF Festival d’Avignon, the oldest extant festival in France, is a month-long event dedicated to all elements of performing arts, including parades, theaters, concerts, story-telling, and circus routines. The five groups from Taiwan will be performing at the festival’s Theatre de la Condition des Soies and Les Hivernales.


Hsin-hsuan Tsai (thh@taitra.org.tw)
Source: Ministry of Culture
Photo Credit: Le Centre culturel de Taïwan à Paris


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