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Performosa Theatre Company represents Taipei at APAF

By Yali Chen
 
The Performosa Theatre Company (PTC) (演摩莎劇團) was chosen by Taipei City’s Department of Cultural Affairs (DOCA) to represent the city at the Asian Performing Arts Forum (APAF), set to be held in Tokyo from October 29 until November 12.
 
The DOCA selected it as Taipei’s outstanding performing arts group due to its rich experience in international performances.

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“Kaléidoscope” in 2018 is a great example of international work created by
artists from Taiwan, Macao and France.


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One scene of “Kaléidoscope” in 2018: A man and woman sitting on an embankment
without uttering a word.


The term “Performosa” is a combination of performers and Formosa (also known as the beautiful island of Taiwan), representing a group of distinguished Taiwanese artists.
 
Founded in 2011, the group recruited outstanding professional performers and creators with different training backgrounds and much experience in international performances. Social issues and phenomena in Taiwan form the group’s core message.

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A woman having an affair with a man can't stop crying at one scene of “Kaléidoscope” in 2018.
 
“Kaléidoscope” in 2018 is an example of the group’s international cooperation. Shaghayegh Beheshti, a senior member of Le Théâtre du Soleil in France, and the Macao-based Hiu Kok Drama Association were invited to work with Performosa in 2016. Two years later, their collective creation hit the stage in Taipei and Macao.
 
The PTC artistic director Hung Pei-ching invited Taiwanese choreographer/dancer Yang Wei-chen and performer Liao Chen-chih to join the team for the APAF. Yang has worked in Paris for many years and Chen specializes in dance and theater.

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A woman with her newborn baby.
 
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A man straightens a woman’s skirt.
 
Previously known as the Asian Performing Arts Festival, the APAF is an international cultural and art exchange event under the Asian Network of Major Cities – an organization established in Tokyo in October 2001. The then Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara was its main advocate.
 
In 2016, the Asian Performing Arts Festival was renamed the Asian Performing Arts Forum, which became a part of the Tokyo Festival in 2017.
 
The APAP sets a theme each year and invites artist groups from different countries and backgrounds to participate. The objective is to open up a wide range of possibilities for international collaborations and performances among artistic groups.