2nd Taiwan Darkness Festival 2018
2nd Taiwan Darkness Festival 2018


Second Annual “Taiwan Darkness Festival”



About “Darkness Dance”


The origin of “Darkness Dance” can be traced back to Japan in the 1960s.  At the time, World War II had just ended, and war-torn Japan was suffering from a heavy loss of life.  This led the legendary Kazuo Ohno to mourn the lost souls through dance, which also served as a form of protest against Japanese imperial power.  With the unique feature of whitening his entire body, Ohno explored the fear and mysteries of death, while conveying the desperation of people when coming face to face with it.  After this form of Japanese dance spread across the world, various dance troupes began incorporating their own ideas, resulting in a form built on original traditions yet also merged with new appearances. 


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!

The first "Taiwan International Darkness Dance Festival" was held last year with the theme, "If the Earth Treasury bodhisattva will not go to Hell, who will?" The plan for the second dance this year was inspired by Lucifer, who is described by some as a dark fallen angel and as the Angel of Light by others. In the greater framework of a dark world of dance, three dancers interact with three musicians through fixed choreography and spontaneous improvisation, exploring death and pain, meaning and cost of human existence through the interaction of solo dance and live music performance. This time, the New York Butoh Institute’s French founder Vangeline has been invited to bring her production “Butoh Beethoven,” which critics praised for her “incredible skill to make that darkness dance." Another Japanese dancer is Eri Chian, who has many years of experience participating in performances ad seminars in Kyoto and Osaka. Chian excels at developing her own form of Butoh dance by exploring and taking advantage of sad feelings. In this festival, Chian will collaborate with Finnish pianist Antti in “Dream”, an improvised dance performance. Following the darkness, the martial artist and dancer Hu Chia will be coming here again!

During the project, three International Darkness Dance Workshops will be held on November 1 at the Huashan Fruit Wine Dance Studio. The workshops are not limited to professional dancers - the general public is also welcom to participate and experience the physical sensations of this unique type of dance.



Information about the Performance


地點:華山文創園區-烏梅劇院——Huashan 1914-UmayTheatre








Venue: Huashan 1914-UmayTheatre

Date: November 3, 2018 (Saturday), 19:00 

Program duration is approximately 75 minutes without intermission.  A discussion will follow the performance.  (Please be advised that this performance will feature nudity during certain segments.) 

Organizer: Huchia Dance Theatre

Co-organizer: Huashan1914Creative Park

Advising unit: Ministry of Culture


Solo Dancers:

TaiwanHu Chia

USA New Yark Vangeline (France)

JAP KyotoEri Chian


Live Performance Musicians:

Taiwan Kang-Te Chang, Grace Kuo

Finland Antti Myllyoja


Video: Atou Hsu

Photography: Te-fan Wang, Wei-chi Lin


Arts Ticket


Student Tickets via ACCUPASS



Dancer Information


1.Hu Chia

The countless repetition required for training in the martial arts enabled me to experience a delicate, keen, and natural reaction amidst a calm focus. On my journey to embody a spirit of Budo, I deeply felt a sense of love and freedom. To defend all that I love, I fight, and obtain the “freedom” that is so fundamental to man. Human existence became meaningful.

This journey led me to explore the flowing illusions and inherent fun within the black and white ink imagery of calligraphy. This pushed me one step further, leading to the founding of Huchia Dance Theatre. 

To me, “art” only presents things that catch my attention during my journey. Amongst the darkness, I discovered that there exists a light - that is the source of inspiration and growth for my art.


2.Vangeline France

Vangeline is a teacher, dancer, and choreographer specializing in the Japanese postwar avant-garde movement form Butoh. She is the Artistic Director of the Vangeline Theater (New York), a dance company firmly rooted in the tradition of Japanese Butoh while carrying it into the 21st century, and the founder of the New York Butoh Institute. Vangeline’s work has been heralded in publications such as the New York Times (“captivating”), Los Angeles Times, (“moves with the clockwork deliberation of a practiced Japanese Butoh artist”) and LA Weekly to name a few. More recently her Butoh Beeethoven: Eclipse received critical acclaim in New York and was dubbed: “incredibly moving and powerful. It is clear that Vangeline is an artist who knows the darkness of Butoh well, and has the incredible skill to make that darkness dance...Vangeline has the control and poise of a true master of Butoh.”


3.Eri Chian
Butoh dancer,Choreographer 

NUIT BLANCHE KYOTO 2015 Opening ceremony. 

Artist in Residence AIR 出島 at Amsterdam, 2016 

Butoh Workshop, Dance Performance, Live Produce, Choreography and Dance reserch.

Julidans 2016 International festival for contemporary dance in Amsterdam Dance performance.

Butoh Workshop in Osaka, Japan. 

Eri Chian came to Butoh at the age of 32 when she diced to take advantage of some sad things. She started to perform with Kiraza, a company based in Kyoto. Parallely she developed solo that became her main works. She also tried out choreography and produce some show like for Les nuits blanches in Kyoto and 眼奥 in Amsterdam. Eri Chian try to live and to perdure the spirit of butoh with having a lot of small events full of feelings and experiments. 



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