By Chris Bavender
The Da-guan Dance Theater from Taiwan will perform at the Zionsville Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. May 15 as part of Taiwanese Heritage Week. The performance also is a celebration of the 41st anniversary of the Indianapolis’ sister-city relationship with Taipei.
The group, from the National Taiwan University of Arts, is known for its blend of Eastern and Western styles. Dr. Chao-Hung Lee, president of the Taiwanese-American Association of Indianapolis, said the troupe breaks down cultural and linguistic barriers through its productions by presenting Taiwanese culture through dance. He added the audience can expect “beautifully choreographed dance pieces that reflect traditional and modern Taiwanese cultures.”
The Da-guan Dance Theater last visited Indiana in 2017.
“Because their performance in 2017 was extremely well received, we, the Taiwanese-American Association of Indianapolis, decided to invite them back,” Lee said. “All members of the dance troupe are very excited to come to perform again.”
Since 1999, Taiwanese American Heritage Week has been celebrated nationwide during May to recognize and honor the cultures, traditions, contributions and achievements of Taiwanese Americans in the U.S.
A preview of the free show is available at youtube.com/watch?time_continue=6&v=K8tAOVEJwZo.
Show sponsors include the Telamon Corp.; Zionsville Performing Arts Center; Office of International and Latino Affairs, Indianapolis City Government; Indy Asian American Times; Asian American Today; and Taipei Economic and Culture Office in Chicago.