Grants Awarded1990 | Dance | United States
to complete a program of study in dance and choreography leading to the M.F.A. degree at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, during 1990-91.
Praised as “the master of creating surrealist imagination,” Hsiao-Mei Ho is the highly attention-attracting Taiwanese female choreographer, and her works are imbued with rich imagery and humanistic reflection. Selected and integrated from the various images of Ho’s previous works, New Paradise of Silent Island is a collective creation with the spirit of Taiwanese cosplay. Ho’s dance creates a golden ukiyo-e from the hybridization of the sense of Taiwan and the foreign, presenting a metaphor of modern society where gaudiness and loneliness are juxtaposed with the puppet aesthetics of Barbie dolls. The strong local art style stands out among other contemporary dance works in Taiwan.
New Paradise of Silent Island combines local Taiwanese cultural symbols with observations of social genders, and faithfully portrays the world in a time of change with ingenious surreal techniques. Blurring the boundary between reality and creation, the choreographer resonates with the audience deeply in a frame-breaking and interactive way, inviting them to wander around the stage under a diverse and chaos atmosphere of Taiwanese temple fairs.
"The New Island of Meshima" reinterprets the contemporary experimentation of traditional culture with theatrical dance. This work, which was rated as “representing the world and being highly representative of Taiwan,” is a classic that tells Taiwan’s traditional elements in the modern language of the theatre, integrates Taiwan’s native cultural symbols and observations of gender, and draws profound traction.
(2)Performer: MeimageDance 2018 New Choreographer Project
Leipzig OperBallett Germany- Liu, Fang-Yi
Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch- Yu, Cai-Yu
Metropolitan Opera House- Li, Ming-Zi
Konzert theater Bern- Chen, Chong-Xian
Grantee: Ho Hsiao-Mei