Taiwanese performing arts get maximum exposure at GTF

  • Metro News
  • Tuesday, 21 Aug 2018

(From left) Wong, Songshan Cultural and Creative Park executive director Jasmine Chou, GTF director Joe Sidek and Chung checking out the Creative Market held at Mano Plus Lifestyle in Beach Street, George Town, Penang. — Photos: GEORGE CHEAH/The Star

A WEEK dedicated to highlighting the best of Taiwanese performing arts dubbed ‘Isle to Isle’ was held as part of the George Town Festival (GTF).

Running over the week from Aug 12 to Sunday, the highlights included the ‘Isle of Dreams’ show which is a mythological musical theatre piece from La Cie MaxMind combining puppetry and ritual dance.

Then there were Nanguan and Beiguan music, ‘Second Body’ which was an abstract dance show and a contemporary circus performance dubbed ‘Kaxabu! A language no longer spoken?’.

A ‘Creative Market’ bringing the best of Taiwanese design to Penang was also set up.

(Left pic) Performers showcasing a snippet of the ‘Isle of Dreams’ show while (above pic) another artiste performs a preview of ‘Kaxabu A  language no longer spoken?’.
Performers showcasing a snippet of the ‘Isle of Dreams’ show.

A series of talks from art experts, a Hsinchu City Youth Chinese Orchestra performance, a ‘Pulcinella in George Town’ puppet show and a series of Taiwanese film screenings rounded up the week.

At the preview of the shows and performances held at Mano Plus Lifestyle in Beach Street, Taipei City Government Cultural Affairs commissioner Chung Yung-Feng said that over the past few years, they had been expanding their performing arts and were thrilled to be showcasing various aspects of it at the festival.

Bukit Bendera MP Wong Hon Wai, who was present, was thrilled that GTF had made such a connection with Taiwan.

“I hope this sparks greater interest in the collaboration.

“Taiwan sharing with us their success stories will definitely help the creative communities here to learn from example,” he said.

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