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About the Performance
Praised as “the master of creating surrealist imagination,” Hsiao-Mei Ho is the highly attention-attracting Taiwanese female choreographer, and her works are imbued with rich imagery and humanistic reflection. Selected and integrated from the various images of Ho’s previous works, New Paradise of Silent Island is a collective creation with the spirit of Taiwanese cosplay. Ho’s dance creates a golden ukiyo-e from the hybridization of the sense of Taiwan and the foreign, presenting a metaphor of modern society where gaudiness and loneliness are juxtaposed with the puppet aesthetics of Barbie dolls. The strong local art style stands out among other contemporary dance works in Taiwan.
New Paradise of Silent Island combines local Taiwanese cultural symbols with observations of social genders, and faithfully portrays the world in a time of change with ingenious surreal techniques. Blurring the boundary between reality and creation, the choreographer resonates with the audience deeply in a frame-breaking and interactive way, inviting them to wander around the stage under a diverse and chaos atmosphere of Taiwanese temple fairs.
The Performing Group│MeimangeDance
Founded in 2010 by Taiwanese choreographer Hsiao-mei HO, a renowned expert in creating surreal images, MeimageDance’s works feature a strong visual and cultural style. Since 2011, MeimageDance has started the program ‘New Choreographer Project,’ inviting prominent choreographers who live and travel abroad back home to create, to perform, and to share their adventurous experiences. Positioned as the ‘cradle for dancers,’ MeimageDance continues offering chances for outstanding dancers. The project hopes to nurture talented choreographers who have both international perspectives and local characteristics, and to carry forward the promotion and preservation of artistic education.
Artistic Director/ Hsiao-Mei HO
HO’s work “Camouflage,” commissioned by The National Theater and Concert Hall in 2015, was also performed at Beijing Dance Festival; at the same year, UCLA invited her along with the company to perform “Camouflage” shorter version and to promote performing arts at the Workshop for Department of World Arts and Cultures. In 2014, she choreographed for “Above Taiwan Concert.” Her choreography “My Dear” (2013) won the Taishin Arts Award, and “Beyond the Pale” (2011), and “Woo! Barbie” (2010) were nominated for the pioneering award supporting Taiwanese artists. In 2009, “Middle” was invited to perform at International Organization of Stenographers Theatre Architects and Technicians (OISTAT) in Seoul, Korea. In 2006, Hong Kong Dance Festival invited her to present “My Freud.” Her work “The Covered Picture” was invited to Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival in 2001. In 2000, she erved as the rehearsal director for Cloud Gate 2; also, she was a dancer as well as visiting choreographer for Cloud Gate. In 1995, HO was invited to be the commission choreographer at the American Dance Festival.
Hsiao-Mei HO’s early works were inspired by Taiwanese folk culture, exploring the cultural image of the Taiwanese and reflecting on the current social situation, using art as social commentary. Her works were often thought-provoking, reflecting Taiwan’s turbulence and diversity, with its underlying silence and intensity. At the present stage, she is famous for using strong and unique visual effect on stage to present human inner thoughts in modern society.
Organizer: MeimangeDance, National Center for Traditional Arts
Sponsor： Hong's Foundation for Education & Culture, GFC Foundation
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