Taiwan unveiled its first-ever national venue dedicated to xiqu, or traditional Chinese performing arts, on Oct. 3 amid blessings from President Tsai Ing-wen for the Xiqu Center of Taiwan to one day become the hub of Asia-Pacific performing arts.
Curated by Taiwan researchers in collaboration with 3 curators from Iraq, Indonesia, and Japan, the biennial features a total of 63 artworks encompassing videos, installations, paintings, sculptures, and new media by 36 artists from 21 nations.
With support from the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Science and Technology, over 20 Taiwanese films – including 'A Touch of Zen,' 'The Young Ones,' and 'Back to Anping Harbor' – have been successfully restored since 2013.
The Xiqu Center is the Taiwan's first professional theater center to offer residencies, and space has already been carved out for the Guoguang Opera Company, an heir of traditional Peking opera, and the National Chinese Orchestra Taiwan.
The ancient Yuanshan people are believed to have lived in Taipei Basin around 3,000 and 2,000 BC, and their civilization was based on digging for shells, fishing, cultivating agriculture, and domesticating animals.