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U.S. dance troupe receives big applause in Taiwan
Central News Agency
2014-05-23 10:11 PM
Taipei, May 23 (CNA) American dance company Pilobolus, known for its blend of modern dance and unusual body contortions, has dazzled local audiences since Tuesday with its creative performances, set to run through Saturday. The award-winning troupe, which last visited Taiwan 20 years ago, is presenting its popular shadow theater show "Shadowland" at the National Theater Hall in Taipei. The show is about the story of a young girl's coming of age. Desiring independence from her overbearing parents, she goes to bed one night and enters a dream world where she encounters strange creatures and grows stronger and wiser. Dancers use gymnastics, stage props and lighting effects to make fantastical shadow arts against a large screen. The show mixes shadow theater, modern dance, acrobatics, circus moves, and beautifully crafted cutouts and props, said Rebecca Easton, tour manager of the troupe, on Tuesday. "It's a combination of art, dance and athleticism," she said. For the Taipei show, Pilobolus choreographed new images with dancers' bodies, including the Taipei 101 skyscraper, the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Taiwan's signature pearl milk tea, a dragon boat, and a horse to mark the lunar Year of the Horse, all set to music by Taiwanese rock band Mayday. Lauren Yalango, a performer with the troupe, said they chose Mayday's song because it was energetic and they wanted to leave the audience "on a high note." Christopher Grant, another performer, said Pilobolus visited places such as the Taipei 101 building during their stay. "It's so much fun for us to go to these places because we get to learn about the culture," Grant said, adding that he had enjoyed "a ton" of pearl milk tea. Pilobolus is holding six performances in Taipei and around 95 percent of the tickets have been sold, according to Charles Lee, chief operating officer of the event department of Taiwan's Gold Media Group, which is jointly organizing the shows. During its shows in Taipei, the dance company received big applause from the local audience, who cheered, laughed and whistled. Founded in 1971, Pilobolus performed at the 79th Academy Awards ceremony in 2007. (By Christie Chen)
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