To encourage more interaction between local and foreign choreographers, the Ministry of Culture will send two Taiwanese choreographers to a residency program at this year's American Dance Festival.
Tsai Yun-ting, who also directs dance movies, and Kao Chia-ying, the artistic director of a local dance troupe, will participate in the International Choreographer's Residency Program from June 13 to July 27 in Durham, North Carolina.
Choreographers in the program can attend festival courses, participate in performances and meet choreographers from around the world; the Ministry has sponsored seven Taiwanese choreographers to take part in the program since 2008.
Meanwhile, Lin Hwai-min, founder and artistic director of Taiwan's Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, will be this year's recipient of the Samuel H. Scripps/American Dance Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement.
An awards ceremony will be held on July 26 at the festival to honor Lin, who will be the first person based outside the United States or Europe to receive the award.
The American Dance Festival is a six-week summer festival of modern dance performances held in Durham, North Carolina.
Tsai Yun-ting, a dancer with a MA in Choreography from the Middlesex University in London, was also the recipient of the 2011 Arising Artist Award from the New Taipei City government. She can be found at: http://yuntingdancefilm.weebly.com
New York-based artist Kao Chia-ying was the winner of the 2012 Bessie Schonberg Award from her alma mater, Sarah Lawrence College. She can be found at: http://www.chiayingkao.com