Minister of Culture Cheng Li-chiun met with RoseLee Goldberg, director of the New York-based nonprofit interdisciplinary arts organization Performa, on May 23 to discuss collaborative opportunities in performance arts. Their meeting culminated in the joint announcement of Taiwan's inclusion to the 2019 Performa Biennial this November.
Minister Cheng noted that as a globally acclaimed festival dedicated to live performance, Performa is a great platform for Taiwanese artists to gain international exposure, while Taiwan is the perfect base from which Performa can gain access to Asia's burgeoning cultural scene.
Director Goldberg explained that her interest in Taiwanese arts began with a 2018 trip to Taiwan upon the invitation of the Taipei Cultural Center in New York. During her visit, she also saw the unique trends of contemporary Asian art, prompting her to begin looking into possible exchanges with Taiwan.
This November at New York, one of the performance capitals of the world, four Taiwanese artists — Huang Po-chih (黃博志), Yu Cheng-ta (余政達), Chou Yu-cheng (周育正), and Su Hui-yu (蘇匯宇) — will present their works through site-specific live performances at the 2019 Performa Biennial.
Their works will then be presented in Taipei in 2020, as part of an upcoming program organized by the Taiwan Contemporary Culture Lab (C-Lab) and the Taipei Fine Arts Museum. Performa and other international guests will be invited to join a planned series of symposiums, workshops, and showcases aimed at fostering exchanges and advancements in fine arts.
More program details will be announced at https://performa-arts.org/performa-19.