Taiwan Performance

Taiwan has a long tradition of traveling performance troupes called yizhen (藝陣), a combination of zhentou (陣頭-performance troupes) and yige(藝閣-large artistic parade floats.)
Some entertain, dance, sing, play instruments, tell stories and perform dramas to create a festive atmosphere.
Some perform religious rites, perpetuate traditional customs, pay respect to the gods.
These troupes can be found performing in temple festivals, gatherings and processions throughout Taiwan. These portraits are part of an ongoing personal project where I am trying to create interesting environmental portraits of Taiwanese yizhen performers or modern performance troupes with roots in yizhen.

Ten Drum Art Percussion Troupe

Ten Drum Art Percussion Group (十鼓擊樂團) was established in 2000 by troupe leader Hsieh Shi to advance Taiwan’s drum culture and was nominated for a Grammy Award for best traditional world music in 2009. They continue to innovate and spread Taiwan drum culture from their Tainan base; The Ten Drum Art and Culture Park -- a five-hectare drumming facility built in a Japanese colonial era (1895-1945) sugar refinery. These portraits were created for Taiwan Review magazine.

Zhen Zong Art Troupe (振宗藝術團)

Zhen Zong Art Troupe (振宗藝術團) was founded in 1995 by Fang Tsung Yin (方宗寅). Chief Fang has his roots in Song Jiang Battle Array and Martial arts and has passed his skills on to create an innovative troupe that strives to revitalize traditional folk arts without losing their traditional essence.
They perform Techno Santaitz (電音三太子), Bajiajiang (both male and female troupes (八家將(男女)). Eighteen Lohan (羅漢十八銅人), Dragon Dance (舞龍), Lion Dance (舞獅) Drumming(鼓藝), Tiaogu (跳鼓陣), Martial Art and Acrobatic Performance (武術), Dance(舞蹈), Zhong Kui Troupe (鍾馗), Song Jiang Battle Array (宋江陣) and more.

Eastern Art Troupe

This troupe combines traditional Taiwanese performance with Western dance to form a sophisticated modern performance popular in Taiwan and overseas.

Jiazi Dance Company

Founded in 1995, the Eastern Art Troupe combines traditional Taiwanese yizhen and Western dance
to form a sophisticated, modern form of performance art that has proven popular both at home and overseas.

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Ten Drum Art Percussion Group (十鼓擊樂團) since 2000, Rende, Taiwan

Ten Drum Art Percussion Group Drummer drumming portrait, Tainan City, Taiwan

Member of Grammy nominated Ten Drum art Drum troupe drums at the Ten Drum Culture Village

Taiwan Traditional Drum Art

Ten Drum art Drum troupe drummer drums in old Sugar refinery warehouse at the Ten Drum Culture Village in Tainan City, Taiwan

Taiwan Traditional Drum Art

Ten Drum art Drum troupe drummer drums in old Sugar refinery warehouse at the Ten Drum Culture Village in Tainan City, Taiwan

Taiwan Traditional Drum Art

Ten Drum art Drum troupe drummer drums in old Sugar refinery warehouse at the Ten Drum Culture Village in Tainan City, Taiwan

Zhenzong (振宗藝術團) Art Troupe since 1995, Neimen, Taiwan

Zhen Zong Art Troupe, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Zhen Zong Art Troupe, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Zhen Zong Art Troupe, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Zhen Zong Art Troupe, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Zhen Zong Art Troupe, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Zhen Zong Art Troupe, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Zhen Zong Art Troupe, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Zhen Zong Art Troupe, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Zhen Zong Art Troupe, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Zhen Zong Art Troupe, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Zhen Zong Art Troupe, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Zhen Zong Art Troupe, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Lion Dance Costume

Zhen Zhong Art Dance Troupe's Lion Dancers pose for a portrait at their base in Neimen, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

 

Eastern Art Troupe(東方藝術團) since 1995, Tainan, Taiwan

Eastern Art Troupe member practices acrobatics to accompany a drum performance and lion dance, Tainan Municipal Park in Rende District, Tainan City

Eastern Art Troupe member practices acrobatics to accompany a drum performance and lion dance, Tainan Municipal Park in Rende District, Tainan City

Jiazi Dance (佳姿暨人舞劇場) since1990, Guiren, Taiwan

Jiazi Dancer leaps in front of Guiren's Beiji Temple.

Combining aspects of both Western and Eastern dance, Jiazi Dance troupe performs elegant and sophisticated pieces popular in Taiwan and overseas

 

 

 

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