I taught a weekend workshop intensive in Taipei hosted by Kelli Li of AscenDance. I am very grateful to her for encouraging me to teach all three workshops in a series called “Making Choreography.” I lead students through one method of making meaningful dances and introduced some different tools at the choreographer’s disposal for illustrating an idea to the audience. The students developed their own choreographic studies as homework and we shared with one another and offered feedback the next day. We finished the series by making a group choreography together around the idea of movement as metaphor. It was a transformational experience and I was honored to share the experience with students from Taiwan, Japan, and Malaysia.
When I wasn’t teaching I was touring the city……
Taipei is a very cosmopolitan city, with heavy traffic, high-rises, and lots of shopping.
My lovely host Kelli and I walked through the city to an area full of stores selling herbs for traditional Chinese medicine, candies, teas, and the fabric district!
We happened upon a portable theater, ornately decorated, preparing for a live afternoon performance.
The live musicians, dancers, and actors were richly dressed, professionally made-up, and an absolute joy to watch. I felt so lucky to accidentally discover this show.
We stopped for an afternoon snack of tea and waffles…
The bathroom tile of the coffeehouse had Louis Vuitton print!
We had dinner at a Persian restaurant where bellydancers were performing and these two adorable young girls did a polished duet.
This truth-speaking lady Buddhist monk was making my heart swell as she voiced her concerns for the human race and condemned our destruction of the earth. She was drawing her viewers’ attention to the civil war in Syria, to the exploding fertilizer plant in Texas and to natural disasters that have occurred recently. She was talking of how we need to wake up and live the way of compassion. We need to “take in our Dharma so others’ hearts can be purified.” …Late night Taiwanese television is good stuff.
Getting ready for the show.
And the famous Taipei night market with so many yummy treats!
Stinky tofu. I tried it. I didn’t love it.
Mango ice and To Hua.
And finally, a long awaited beer in the Los Angeles airport on my trip home to Austin.