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2020 Taipei Fringe Festival invites young artists to “Shine Together”

2020 Taipei Fringe Festival invites young artists to “Shine Together”
 
By Leo Maliksi
 
The 2020 Taipei Fringe Festival (臺北藝穗節) now on its thirteenth year, maintains its spirit of freedom and openness, imposing no restrictions on the expressions of creativity by young artists. One hundred twenty-five teams have registered to present 568 performances of drama, dance, music, comedy, musicals, and what are called mixed-category performances. From August 22 to September 6, Fringe artists will perform at 25 venues in Taipei City.
 
During the July 1 press conference to announce the start of the festival held at the Taipei Songshan Cultural and Creative Park (臺北市松山文創園區), seven teams performed on a catwalk stage set up in one of the remodeled rooms of the old Tobacco factory.

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“We want creators to give full play to their creativity and express it in unlimited ways in different venues in Taipei,” said Austin Wang (王孟超), director of the Taipei Performing Arts Center.
 
The first performance was diabolo juggling by one member of the Tiger Opera Troupe. He danced to accompanying music as he made the dibolo (扯鈴) dance on a string attached to two sticks. The three young dancers of the Maiti Dance Troupe (麥提舞團) jointly created the second performance of a dance that expressed their feelings of isolation in today’s world. The Otherwise B Plan (不然,B計畫) combined sections of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew with a circus performance in their Classical SM-Baroque Garden, the third performance.
 
“We tell young artists who participate in this festival to ‘be yourself.’” said Austin Wang (王孟超), director of the Taipei Performing Arts Center. “We want creators to give full play to their creativity and express it in unlimited ways in different venues in Taipei. The zaniest and most experimental ideas push the frontiers of artistic ingenuity to the limits, and give audiences performances they wouldn’t otherwise see in ordinary theaters.”
 
A stronger connection between the Arts and city residents
 
Every year, organizers of the Taipei Fringe Festival choose a city district as a platform to build a stronger connection between the performing arts and the residents of that district. The artistic performances held in the district will hopefully enable them to experience the temporary joy an artistic performance brings to their daily lives.
 
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The first performance was diabolo juggling by one member of the Tiger Opera Troupe. He danced to accompanying music as he made the dibolo (扯鈴) dance on a string attached to two sticks.

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The three young dancers of the Maiti Dance Troupe (麥提舞團) jointly created the second performance of a dance that expressed their feelings of isolation in today’s world.

This year, Taipei Performing Arts Center located in Taipei’s North District was chosen as the central platform for the Fringe Festival. When those who live in the eastern district of Taipei see these performances, it could be said that this northern platform links up with those in the eastern district. Festival performances will be staged for the first time in some venues: The UU Mouth Art Space (樂悠悠之口), Onfoto studio, the former tobacco factory of Taipei Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, and the Auction Center Taipei (台北收藏交易中心) inside Bldg 1 of the World Trade Center.
 
Performance venues in Taipei’s western and southern districts include the Ximen Red House Theater, Bopiliao Historic District, Treasure Hill International Artists Village, and General Sun Li-Ren Residence (孫立人將軍官邸).
 
Shine Together, Fun Together
 
The opening event of the Fringe Festival will be held in the afternoon of August 15 at the Songshan Cultural and Creative Park. This year’s theme is “Shine Together, Fun Together.” It expresses the festival’s objective of identifying temporary venues where both young artists and city residents could meet and spend an entertaining time together this summer.
 
For more information:
0978-322873  chris.tseng@tpac-taipei.org
0930-795-453  chiunghua.kuo@tpac-taipei.org