There were a couple of times today, as I sat watching a hoard of young and mainly Asian hopefuls in one of the studios in the dance department buildings on the campus of TNUA (Taipei National University of Arts), when just I couldn’t help thinking about A Chorus Line.
If you know your iconic American [...]
Somehow, probably in the flurry of my own pre-Taipei existence, I never knew that ArtsCross has a theme. Or if I was told it, I’d forgotten. By theme I mean the phrase that the ten anointed choreographers were given in advance, and upon which they could, if they so chose, base their creation.
Two years [...]
I wonder what kind of dreams I’ll have tonight.
I’ve stroked the head of a fish. A carp, or koi in Japanese, I think. It looked like a huge pale goldfish. This was at Chun Tan (someone please correct me if that’s wrong), the oldest of the 52 hot springs in the lush hills above [...]
I spent yesterday [Thursday, August 4, that is] on the spotless TNUA campus, dipping in and out of the afternoon and evening studio sessions in the dance department, taking notes about what I was observing, having tiny verbal exchanges (plus one good talk) and thinking.
For instance, there’s blogging to consider. I guess I’m not [...]
This is a continuation of my last posting about Thursday’s studio sessions. Prior to the evening block I sat with Bula, whom Mr. Lin of Cloud Gate called ‘one of our babies’ because of his history as a TNUA student, a Cloud Gate dancer and then resident choreographer of Cloud Gate 2. Bula is also, I was told, a ’prince among men’ within his aboriginal tribe (one of 14 in Taiwan, I gather) because [...]
‘Tis my last day here in Taipei. I’ve just come from a walk up to the back entrance of the TNUA campus and the little-seensculpture park that’s there, along with a view (if you go right to the top and a wooden platform) to the sea at…Danshui? No one around but egrets and a few [...]
It’s nearing 3am and I’m of at least two minds: whether to lie down for half an hour or force myself to stay awake so that Im ready and ’alert’ (ha!) when my ride to the airport arrives at 4am.
Goodbye o college dorm room I never before had!
Goodbye o fish called Wanda!
Well, the best intentions don’t always pan out. I meant to write more and look more often at the blogging since I came to Edinburgh on August 10 but the festival has gotten in the way in a huge way. I’ve seen 51 shows or ticketed events in 9 days plus the evening I arrived, with dozens more in the offing. Some of it’s been wonderful, too. One of the more special pieces was a solo King Lear by Wu [...]