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Classicism in Asia: The Imperial Messages: On the Chinese Traditions in the Modern Dance Theatre of Taiwan
10. Juli | 18:00 - 20:00
Vortrag von Dr. Chien-Ting Hsieh (Freie Universität Berlin) „The Imperial Messages: On the Chinese Traditions in the Modern Dance Theatre of Taiwan“
For the past decades, the choreographers and musicians in the modern dance theatre of Taiwan have drawn inspiration from the Chinese traditions, for instance, shu-fa (the art of writing) and nan-kuan (southern wind, aka nan-yin) music, to bring forth the works that reflect the “Chinese traditional spirit.” Nonetheless, what is the “Chinese traditional spirit”? Is it not only a dream of ancient China in the modern theatre? I regard these traditions as the “imperial messages” from ancient China in the sense that it is important for the practitioners of traditions to defer to the laws of performance under the authority which is often reinforced by the
figure of emperor in the legend of their origins. It therefore begs the question of how a “tradition” that requires the practitioners’ deference to the laws can be “modern.” I argue that, through the research of the relation between the laws of performance in the traditions and the techniques of dances in the modern theatre, one may transcend the choreographers and musicians’ dream of ancient China.
Ort: Campus Westend, Seminarhaus, Raum 3.105