2019 Taiwan International Darkness Dance Festival
ORDER 2019「台灣國際黯黑舞蹈節」Taiwan International Darkness Dance Festival 

Taiwan International Darkness Festival and Hokkaido Butoh Festival will be jointly hosting a 2019 international dance exchange at Huashan Creative Park in Taipei. Performing dancers include legendary Japanese Butoh dancer, Yuko Yuki, artistic director of Huchia Dance Theater, Hu Chia, and Butoh dancer and artistic director of Hokkaido Butoh Festival, Hal Tanaka.

Known as the “dance of darkness”, Butoh arose in Japan during the 1960s. During that time, World War II had just ended. Having seen their country ravaged by war and death, Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno, the founders of Butoh, sought to mourn the deceased and protest against Japanese imperialism with dance. Characteristically smearing his whole body in white, Kazuo Ohno explored the fearful and strange state people experience as they approach death, conveying their inner sense of despair. As Butoh spread throughout the world, various dance troupes developed new forms based on the original but also infused with distinct ideas.

Hu Chia, the artistic director of the darkness dance festival, Huchia Dance Theatre, Hu Chia, graduated from the National Taiwan Junior College of Performing Arts(National Fu Hsing Dramatic Arts Academy), the Chinese Culture University Department of Combat Sports and Chinese Marital Arts. Having trained in the martial arts for more than 30 years, Hu Chia began to bring its delicate spirit into the dance theatre in 2008. In 2009, he launched Huchia Dance Theater, which debuted at the Taipei Fringe Festival with the group production "Return". Featuring white-painted nude bodies dancing and screaming inky blackness, “Return” offered a gentle and nonviolent form of protest against Taiwan's centuries-old dilemma of colonial and racial rivalries, where ethnic groups are generalized and confined to dark corners. This performance won much praise from audiences, providing Hu Chia with the opportunity to be associated with Japanese Butoh dance!

Venue|Huashan 1914- M3 Sake Factory 2F
Date|June 16, 2019 (Sunday), 15:00
Program duration is approximately 90 minutes without intermission. A discussion will follow the performance.

Organizer|Huchia Dance Theatre
Co-organizer| Huashan 1914 Creative Park|Taipei Artist Village
Sponsor|National Culture and Arts Foundation
Supervisor|Ministry of Culture,Taiwan

Solo Dancers:
Yuko Yuki|Japan Aomori
Hu Chia|Taiwan
Hal Tanaka|Hokkaido
Taiwan Dances|Lin, Tzuning, Yu.Szu Ya

Live Performance Musician:
Taiwan |Kang-Te Chang

Costume designer|Shaw-Chi Chen
Hat/headpiece designer Winnie Lin Millinery
Photographer|Te-Fan Wang||Wei-chi Lin
Videographer|Atou Hsu