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Peking Opera

In the foundational training course of Peking Opera techniques, participants are introduced to and guided in the physical movements of traditional opera. Throughout the process, the concept of the "Five Methods" of opera, encompassing "hands, eyes, body, steps, and techniques," is explained. Through hands-on practice, a deeper understanding of the aesthetic of opera in terms of "singing, recitation, acting, and combat" is developed.

Furthermore, practical exercises are integrated to teach the application of operatic combat techniques (the use of weapons) as appropriate. Different weapon props and their usage are introduced as part of the training.

DATE|2023.11.24(Fri.) 10:30-12:00
Venue|Sun Hall, TPAC
Language of Instruction|Mandarin and English

A Brief Biography of Artist

Taiwan|Hsu Po-Ang
Master's degree from the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts specializing in Drama and Film,
Research focus on Traditional Chinese Opera Directing, Member of the Chinese Traditional Opera Directors Association, Bachelor's degree from the National Taiwan University of Arts with a major in Playwriting and Directing, Studied Wu Sheng (male martial role) at the Guoguang Arts School's Jingju (Peking Opera) program for six terms.
Currently the founder and leading creator of the "PoYouSet Theater," Incorporating elements of Peking Opera into stage plays as a creative approach, attempting to identify unique Taiwanese theatrical expressions that incorporate the essence of traditional Chinese opera, Advocating for contemporary applications of traditional Chinese opera techniques. Has produced 30 original works.


Circus Physical Training

The introductory circus physical training course aims to introduce participants to the world of circus arts. The course emphasizes cultivating flexibility, balance, and bodily control through activities like dance, stretching, and basic acrobatics. Participants will learn to elegantly perform both in the air and on the ground while enhancing overall coordination. The course content includes, but is not limited to, basic dance movements and physical balancing techniques. This course is designed not only for those interested in becoming professional circus performers but also for those who seek to challenge themselves and experience a unique art form. Whether you have a background in dance or gymnastics or not, the course starts with foundational movements and progressively guides you through more advanced techniques. By the end of the course, participants will be able to demonstrate their progress in physical expression and circus skills. Additionally, the course contributes to boosting confidence, creativity, and teamwork skills, which are beneficial for everyday life and other artistic domains. Whether you want to pursue a circus career or simply enjoy the pleasure of physical movement and performance, this introductory circus physical training course will undoubtedly be a memorable choice.

DATE|2023.12.01(Fri.) 10:30-12:00
Venue|Studio 1, TPAC
Language of Instruction|English

A Brief Biography of Artist

Taiwan|Formosa Circus Art
Formosa Circus Art was established in 2011. Its purpose is to develop the various contemporary circus arts of Taiwan, mixing them with other styles of performance including traditional forms, acrobatics, street culture and theatre arts.  FOCA is the only circus company in Taiwan that has over 30 full-time members. 
FOCA has set many records for Taiwan's circus with its multifaceted business model. During the epidemic, FOCA established the first Taiwan self-published magazine "DU MA XI" and in 2023, it organized Taiwan's first circus festival and was also the first Taiwanese circus company to tour overseas. 
FOCA has not only focused on performance excellence, but also on international connections, promote the circus development in asia- pacific aera, popularization of circus education, various platform development and public promotion, which are all important projects for the team to expand. In addition to creating the diversity and sustainability of Taiwan's circus ecology, FOCA also provides a key for the public to enter the world of circus, making it easier for the public to understand and read. It can build an attitude of life with substance and innovation, and deepen the spiritual value of circus culture and enhance its value.

Artist|Lee Tsung-Hsuan & Chen Kuan-Ting