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A search for identity, a yearning for home.

Kuo-Shin Chuang Pangcah Dance Theatre presents 038. Chuang believes that this performance is relevant to people all over the world now, and anyone can see the reflection of themselves in the dance if they have ever had the experience of yearning for home.

Kuo-Shin Chuang Pangcah Dance Theatre was founded in 2005 in Hualien, Taiwan – a town where 90% of its residents are aborigines. Kuo-Shin Chuang, the director of the company, is of Amis origins. Aware of the lack of resources in his hometown, Chuang started giving free dancing lessons for primary school children – founding the first dance company in Eastern Taiwan that demonstrates aboriginal dance and music culture through experimental theatre and contemporary dance. There are currently 12 members in the company; all have been under the tutelage of Chuang since young.

Chuang’s works are inspired by his life experience. They are imaginative and analytical, at the same time creative and intense. The company develops its movements from traditional aboriginal dance in Taiwan. They have been experimenting with aboriginal dance and music in the last 12 years, seeking new possibilities for traditional dance in modern times. The result is a unique Asian expression of body movement that provides the audience a new perspective on aboriginal dance. 038 was part of the Taiwan Season, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017 and Taiwan in Avignon off 2019.

No booking required – join online with the live-stream below.

Free – donations welcome.

For all ages.

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