舞蹈團簡介

The Origins of the Lan Yang Dancers

The butterfly is one of nature’s great “dancers,” and has since time immemorial been a symbol of beauty and freedom. When the dancers of the Lan Yang Dancers are performing on stage, their elegant movements resemble a group of colorful butterflies flitting unconstrained through the air. The fact that the Lan Yang Dancers are today able to “take wing” not only in Taiwan but all around the world is largely attributable to the persistence and dedication of one man: Father Gian Carlo Michelini, a Catholic priest from Italy, the land that gave birth to the Renaissance.

In 1966, shortly after arriving in Taiwan, Father Michelini established the Luotung Catholic Youth Center (the forerunner of today’s Lan Yang Youth Catholic Center) in Luotung Township, Yilan County, which was at that time one of the remoter and less accessible parts of Taiwan. The Center organized a variety of activities for local youth, including dance classes, traditional Chinese music classes, art classes, etc., as well as organizing a number of sports teams to compete in local leagues and competitions. Eventually, shortage of funds and lack of space forced the termination of most of these activities.

However, thanks to Father Michelini’s commitment to the arts and his passion for traditional Chinese arts and culture, the Center was able to continue providing dance classes, and to establish the Lan Yang Dancers, despite the many difficulties the Center was facing. Father Michelini was determined to help preserve the finest aspects of traditional Chinese dance. Right from the start, the Troupe had an outstanding record of performance in dance competitions, both in Yilan County and nationwide. At a time when dance was only just beginning to be accepted as a serious art form in Taiwan, the Lan Yang Dancers was the first children’s dance troupe to be founded in Yilan County that was not affiliated with a particular elementary or high school. The exquisite dancing and sweet smiles of the Lan Yang Dancers’s members won the hearts of audiences throughout Taiwan.

In 1974, at a time when Taiwan was diplomatically isolated and the world as a whole was in turmoil, Father Michelini made it possible, through his persistence and hard work, for 14 of the Lan Yang Dancers’s “little angels,” aged between 9 and 14, to travel to Europe for a three-month tour of Italy. Italian audiences were deeply impressed by the Troupe’s performances; this was the beginnings of the strong international goodwill that the Troupe continues to enjoy to this day. In the period of nearly four decades that has elapsed since then, the Lan Yang Dancers has given over 1,000 performances in more than 30 countries around the world, including becoming the first dance troupe ever to give a performance at the Vatican in the presence of the Pope; this was not only a proud moment for the Lan Yang Dancers, but also an impressive “citizen diplomacy” achievement for Taiwan as a whole.

The Lan Yang Dancers is proud of its status as a dedicated children’s dance troupe. Besides working to showcase aspects of Chinese culture, the Troupe has also invited instructors from the Vaganova ballet school in Russia to teach the Troupe’s members, thereby helping authentic classical ballet to take root in Taiwan and enriching Taiwanese culture. At present, the Troupe’s members are mainly young people aged between 9 and 22; with their finely-honed technique and passionate enthusiasm, they are making an important contribution towards keeping the spirit of traditional dance alive. Besides imbuing them with dancing skills, membership of the Lan Yang Dancers – with its emphasis on teamwork, and opportunities to experience life in other countries when performing overseas – has given these young people tenacity and independence beyond their years, laying a solid foundation for great achievements in later life. In the future, the Lan Yang Dancers will be working towards the establishment of a professional dance troupe and a fully-fledged dance school, so that it can continue to make a meaningful contribution towards the furthering and diversification of the art of dance, and dance education, in Taiwan.

Global Recognition

A beautiful butterfly dancing around the world
The butterfly is one of the symbols of Taiwan (which in times past was also known as Formosa). When the Lan Yang Dancers from Taiwan are performing on stage in different parts of the world, their exquisitely beautiful, butterfly-like dance steps always leave audiences enraptured, and full of praise for the “Ilha Formosa”!

The first performing arts troupe to perform at the Vatican (the Lan Yang Dancers has now performed for the Pope, in the Vatican, on a total of ten occasions)
In 1974, despite Taiwan’s diplomatic isolation, the Lan Yang Dancers travelled to Italy to perform in the Vatican. This was the first time that a Taiwanese performing arts troupe had given a performance in Italy, and the first time that a performing arts troupe from any country had performed in front of the Pope. As of 2011, the Lan Yang Dancers had toured Europe on 10 occasions, and had been received by Pope Paul VI, Pope John Paul II, and the current Pope, Pope Benedict XVI. These performances have received extensive coverage in the European media, and have received unanimous praise from European audiences, while providing international exposure for Taiwanese dance.

An Outstanding Record in Global Competition at the World Folkdance Festival
The World Folkdance Festival, which takes place in Palma de Mallorca in Spain, was first held over 20 years ago. The Festival is a world-class cultural and artistic event, whose participants include only the finest, most representative amateur performing arts troupes from different countries around the world. The International Competition is one of the most important of the activities that make up the Festival. With dance troupes from several dozen countries competing against one another, it is also one of the largest dance competitions in the world.

In 1989, with support from the Taiwanese government, the Lan Yang Dancers took part in the International Competition at the 3rd World Folkdance Festival; its performance of “Shadow Dancing Reflected in the Ripples of the River” won them the Audience Favorite Award. At the 4th World Folkdance Festival in 1991, the Lan Yang Dancers won Third Prize in the International Competition (which that year had 56 troupes from 31 different countries taking part) with its performance of “Tun Huang Silk Dance.” In 2011, with funding support from the government and from private-sector enterprises, the Lan Yang Dancers was once again able to take part in the World Folkdance Festival, participating fully in all the Festival activities, including the Festival Parade, outdoor performances, and indoor stage performances. The Troup’s performance of “Bamboo” won Second Prize in the Dance Section of the International Competition, and First Prize in the Music Section.

A Total of More than 1,000 Performances in Over 30 Different Countries
With their outstanding dance skills, the Lan Yang has won international exposure for the beauty of Taiwanese dance. As one of the dance troupes that the Taiwanese government feels is best able to represent Taiwan, the Lan Yang Dancers has been invited to perform throughout the world, on numerous occasions, taking part in international arts festivals and celebrations in Europe, Asia, the U.S., and Africa. In addition to the outstanding performances given by the Troupe, many of the Troupe’s former members have gone on to win fame on the international performing arts scene as adults. They include Lin Mei-hong, who is currently serving as chief choreographer at the Tanztheater des Staatstheaters Darmstadt theatre in Germany, and Chou Tzu-chao, a dancer with the Birmingham Royal Ballet in the U.K.

The Founder of the Lan Yang Dancers – Father Gian Carlo Michelini
An Italian priest with a passionate interest in Chinese culture

A Message From Fr. Gian Carlo Michelini
Culture, as an universal language, forms a natural way to unite people in different countries and to create international friendship. It helps a nation to maintain its own identity and enriches diverse international cultures. The objective of The Lan Yang Catholic Centre is to educate our young generation about their own culture through nature, music, dance and activities. Meanwhile, The Lan Yang Dancers’ aim is to nurture Taiwanese culture and present the beautiful dances to people around the world. We bring the message of life offering peace, love and friendship, which helps people understand and appreciate Taiwan and its people.

About Father Gian Carlo Michelini
Since leaving Italy, the land of his birth, to travel to far-off Taiwan in 1964, Father Gian Carlo Michelini has divided his time between the two countries, and has been influenced by both Western and East Asian culture in equal measure. Father Michelini has devoted himself over many years to promoting the art of dance and the cultivation of dance talent, and has contributed to the building up of strong foundations for the development of the arts in Taiwan, playing a major role in the organizing of arts festivals throughout Taiwan and working to promote international cultural exchange at the level of the ordinary citizen. Throughout this period of more than four decades, Father Michelini has played a vital role in furthering the development of the art of dance in Taiwan.

1935 Gian Carlo Michelini is born in Italy.

1954 Father Michelini joins the Order of St. Camillus (the Camillians).

1964 Father Michelini leaves Italy to travel to Taiwan.

1966 Father Michelini founds the Lan Yang Dancers.

1974 Father Michelini takes the Lan Yang Dancers on its first overseas tour.

1989 Father Michelini is awarded the International Communications Award (First Class) by the Government Information Office, Executive Yuan.

1995 Father Michelini is honored in the 3rd Global Chinese Culture & Arts Awards

2000 Father Michelini receives an Outstanding Cultural Worker (Arts Promotion Category) award in the Council of Cultural Affairs’ 2000 Wen Keng Awards.

2002 Father Michelini receives the Youngsun Culture & Education Foundation’s Kavalan Award.

2009 Father Michelini is honored in the 3rd Yilan Cultural Awards, organized by the Cultural Affairs Bureau, Yilan County Government.

The Lan Yang Dancers – Innovating within the Tradition: Dance Works
“From traditional folk dance to innovative modern dance, while maintaining the same high standards and outstanding visual appeal in every single work”

In the period of over four decades that has elapsed since the Lan Yang Dancers was first established, the Troupe has written over 100 dance works. An examination of these works reveals how the Troupe’s focus and style have evolved over time, transformations that in turn reflect the changes that have taken place in the world of Taiwanese dance during this period. At the same time, the wide range of dance styles employed by the Lan Yang Dancers is a reflection of the multi-cultural nature of Taiwanese society.

1973 – 1980: The “Traditional Folk Dance” series of works
When the Lan Yang Dancers was first founded, its intended mission was to preserve and showcase the essence of traditional Chinese folk dance. From 1973 onwards, the Troupe began to create a series of Chinese dance works, as part of its efforts to help keep traditional Chinese arts and culture alive. Major work from this period: “Banquet”

1981 – 1987: Musical and dance works by Cheng Si-sum, the “Master Composer” of traditional Chinese music
Cheng Si-sum, one of the most renowned masters of traditional Chinese music, was born in China, but subsequently spent time in Hong Kong and Singapore before arriving in Taiwan in 1972; he eventually made his home in the Lanyang Plain (in Yilan County). Cheng was a close friend of Father Michelini, and like him was tireless in his efforts to promote culture and the arts. Sharing a similar artistic philosophy, they collaborated closely in an effort to achieve closer integration of dance and music. Major works from this period: “An Aboriginal Dance,” “Shadow Dancing Reflected in the Ripples of the River,” and “The Rainbow.”

1985-1996: “Minority Nationalities” dance series
In 1985, even before the formal relaxation of restrictions on cultural exchange between Taiwan and China, the Lan Yang Dancers took the ground-breaking step of inviting Chen Hua, Lin Amei and Yan Zhongling to choreograph “Minority Nationality” dance works for the Troupe, and to provide instruction in the dancing of these works. This collaboration helped to lay solid foundation for the ongoing development of “Minority Nationality” dance by the Troupe. The first group of Chinese choreographers to visit Taiwan as part of this collaborative venture included Chen Hwa, Lin Amei and Yen Chung-ling. Major works from this period: “The Picking of Mushrooms by One Korean Maiden” and “The Little Drama of the Han Tribe: Picking up the Jade Bracelet.”

2000 – 2008: “Drumming” dance series
Starting in 2000, the Lan Yang Dancers invited master musicians An Yuan and Gong Dingyuan of the Xian Percussion Ensemble, which is based in Xian, Shaanxi Province, China, to visit Taiwan to provide instruction in the art of percussion music. The aim was to get Troupe members to integrate the flowing physical movement of dance with drumming. A number of drumming-centered pieces were written for the Troupe during this period. Major work from this period: “Drumming and Dancing in the Lanyang Plain.”

1995 – present: “Taiwan Folk Culture (Local Studies) Teaching Materials” dance series
In 1995, the Lan Yang Dancers began to compile teaching materials for local studies courses focusing on Taiwanese folk culture, using the medium of dance to interpret Taiwanese folk literature. Initially, this work focused mainly on Yilan County, where the Lan Yang Dancers was born. It was anticipated that, through the inspiration that dance can provide, it would be possible to give the children of Yilan a more in-depth understanding of the cultural richness of the environment in which they have been born and grown up, while at the same time helping to keep Chinese dance traditions alive. Major work from this period: “Chiang-Ku”

2005 – present: “Mood” dance series
In 2005, the Lan Yang Dancers began to throw off the constraints imposed by the stylistic conventions of traditional dance, and to introduce a new artistic lexicon of bodily movement and costume that would integrate the classical and the modern. The adoption of innovative choreography gave the Lan Yang Dancers a whole new performance style. Major work from this period: “Ji-Jing”

Historical Background to the Evolution of the Lan Yang Dancers: Dance Theatre Works
“Preserving the aesthetic sensibility of folk culture, and providing cultural enrichment for people’s lives”

Dance is one of the most beautiful of human languages. If a story is told using dance, it is possible to explore every twist and turn in the story, using elegant movements of the human body to create a richer visual experience. With their dance theatre works, the Lan Yang Dancers aims to do more than merely help people appreciate the beauty of dance; through the unique lexicon of dance, they seek to enable the audience to experience the full richness of theatrical performance. Over a period of more than four decades, the hard work and dedication of the Lan Yang Dancers has laid fertile seeds within the soil of Taiwanese culture, contributing to the regeneration of cultural assets and furthering the development of art education in Taiwan; the results achieved have been quite impressive. In recent years, the Lan Yang Dancers has focused on fusing aspects of Chinese and Western culture to create new artistic value. With regard to dance forms, the Troupe has concentrated on bringing together experts in the fields of music, drama, dance, and stage management, throwing off the constraints imposed by traditional dance forms to create rich, large-scale performances that successfully integrate music, dance and theatre.

“The Stars of Kavalan,” which the Lan Yang Dancers first performed in 2011, is a symphonic poem music and dance performance that integrates instrumental music, choral music and dance. During a period spent meditating and writing in Yilan County, the composer of this work, Chung Hung-yuen, was deeply impressed by Yilan’s unique local culture. He traveled round the county absorbing the region’s stories and legends, and eventually decided to create a symphonic poem in 10 movements with “The Stars of Komalan” as its theme; the individual movements explore different aspects of Yilan culture and traditions. The structure of the piece affords considerable space for the exercise of the musical imagination, creating a work of great depth and richness.

“The Red Spring in the Maple Wood” (2011) is based on a folk tale from Shandong Province in China. The story tells of how an ordinary young couple’s love for and loyalty for one another enables them to escape poverty and show the villain the error of his ways. The story embodies the type of love that was socially acceptable in China. The dance performance integrates the changing color of the maple leaves in autumn, as well as the transformation of a maple tree into a red-faced demon with magical powers. The overall effect of the piece is intensely moving.

“Pine, Bamboo and Plum Revisited” (2010) is by the late Cheng Si-sum, a Chinese music maestro who became a close friend of Lan Yang Dance Troupe founder Father Gian Carlo Michelini as a result of their shared interest in dance. Mr. Cheng was responsible for most of the Lan Yang Dancers’s finest early works. “Pine, Bamboo and Plum Revisited” integrates dance with live performance of Chinese traditional music. The music guides the dancing, while the harmonization of the dancers’ movements through the accompanying music gives this work by Mr. Cheng an innovative artistic vigor and ground-breaking appeal. Through the bodily movements of the Lan Yang Dancers, we are once more given an opportunity to revel in the majesty of the music of Cheng Si-sum.

“The Mouse Wedding” (2008) retains the basic content and framework of the original story, while adding an innovative touch to it through the integration of elements from modern dance and martial arts performance, and a casual, improvisational performance style reminiscent of the British percussion group Stomp. The work uses Western-style music and modern stage effects to interpret a traditional East Asian story, borrowing from Taiwanese popular culture – for example the pai qi xiang style of movement from Taiwanese Opera – to enable traditional culture to exert renewed artistic appeal. The multi-faceted approach adopted in “The Mouse Wedding” showcases both the potential of internalized production and the artistic depth that can be achieved in the medium of dance.

“The Legend of the Island” (2004) takes the island of Taiwan as the starting point for a flight of the imagination. Drawing on the myths and legends of Taiwan, and of the oceans that surround it, symbolic techniques are used to leverage the inspirational power of the stories to create a romantic elegy taking as its theme the island people’s search for a new homeland, and the destruction and rebuilding of this homeland. The dancers’ bodies, moving through space, embody a poetic tribute to the island on which we live.

“Meigula the Magician and the Great Adventure of the 24 Filial Children” (2004) is a musical for children. The story moves from a modern urban household to a fantastical “city of magic,” and from there to ancient China, before returning to the (now magical) contemporary city… and then back home! The innovative dance steps embody the richness and beauty of East Asian culture, as well as the ancients’ knowledge of how to live in harmony with nature. The magical interleaving of backdrops, and the diversity of the musical accompaniment – which includes highly ornamented jazz, the refined classical beauty of traditional Chinese “silk and bamboo” music, powerful Chinese percussion, post-modern electronic music, and soft, entrancing piano music – helps the audience to make the imaginative leap between past and present, and between the real world and the world of magic.

“The Flower Listener” (2002) takes the form of music theater with gongs, showcasing the unique sound of each type of gong, and using gongs tuned to different scales, with different methods of playing them and different accompanying instruments, to create more scope for exploring the full musical potential of the gong. The fusion of music and dance in this work creates a form of music-and-dance theatre in which both music and dance play an important role; it was intended that this work would help to preserve some of Taiwan’s unique cultural assets, and would contribute to their ongoing development. The ten movements of the work express ten different moods and emotions, and present clearly distinct views of life.
* “The Flower Listener, Part 2” was first performed in 2007.

“Princess Kavalan” (1999) has the geographical environment of Yilan County as its backdrop. This work portrays the romance between a Kavalan tribe princess and Lu Sheng. It draws on myths and legends from the Lanyang Plain and Gueishan Island, showing the strong emotional links that exist between humankind and nature. This is a serious and deeply moving work that embodies the close relationship between land and culture in Taiwan, and helps the viewer to appreciate the magic and mystery of creation and the tight bonds that link man, land and ocean, while exploring the eternal emotional power of the Taiwanese soil.
* A special 10th anniversary performance of “Princess Kavalan” was given in 2009.

The Lan Yang Dancers – Innovating within the Tradition: Chronology (Dance Works)

Year

Work

1973-1980

A total of 25 traditional dance works, such as “Banquet”

1981-1987

A total of 14 works by Chinese traditional music maestro Cheng Si-sum, including “Shadow Dancing Reflected in the Ripples of the River,” etc.

1988-1991

A total of over 40 works in the “Minority Nationalities” dance series, including “The Little Drama of the Han Tribe: Picking up the Jade Bracelet,” and 10 classic Lan Yang dance compositions, including “Little Goldfish,” “Rain Blown on the Northwest Wind,” etc.

1992  

“The Four Seasons (A Display of Shadow and Light) (in the Yi Meng Minor Mode),” and “Lion Gathering”

1993

“Digging Up Sweet Potatoes,” “Going to Market,” “Spring,” “Purple Smoke,” “Love in the Rain,” “Happiness Comes Knocking,” “Beside the Butterfly Spring” and “Fan Dance”

1994

“Playing with the Horses,” “Listen to the Spring,” “Sword Dance,” and “Puppet Dance”

1995

“Peacock Forest,” “A Time of Innocence – Celebrating Creation with the Drum,” “Children Playing in the Country,” and “Love in a Drop of Water”

1996

“Following in the Footsteps of Sages on the Silk Road,” “Pictures from Tunhuang,” “Weeping at the Tomb, and the Butterfly Transformation,” “A Young Phoenix Takes Wing,” “Associations from Old-fashioned Food,” and “Childhood Memories”

1997

“Yi Fang Fei,” “Monkeys at Play,” “Welcoming the Spring,” “Joyful Gongs and Drums,” “Sword Dance,” “Bamboo and Clan,” “Counting,” “Clang, Bash!”, and “Inflected”

1998

“Lion Gathering,” “Magpies,” and “Miao Drums”

1999

First performance of the large-scale dance drama “Princess Kavalan ” in Yilan County.
Performance of the small-scale dance drama “The Mouse Wesdding” in Taipei.
Performance of the new production “Chinese Tales” in Taipei.
“Miao Drums,” “Dragon and Lion Dancing,” “Spring is Here!”, “Chang O Flees to the Moon,” “Borrowing an Umbrella While Strolling by the Lake,” “Dance of the Snowmen,” “Chung Quei Pacifies the Demons,” “Hou Yi Shoots Down the Suns,” “Ghost-seizing,” “Celebrating the Dragon Boat Festival,” “Celebrating a Bountiful Harvest,” “Water Lanterns,” and “Harvest Festival”

2000

“Himalaya,” “Foaming Waves of the Yellow River,” “Six Noble Steeds of the Tang Dynasty,” “Tigers Grind their Teeth,” “Ducks Quacking,” and “Flying Dragon”

2001

“Movement,” “Spring Anointing,” “Nushu Texts,” and “Chattering”

2002

First performance of the large-scale dance drama “The Flower Listener – A Dance Drama with Gongs”
First performance of the small-scale dance drama “Na Zha”
“Yin,” “Lion’s Roar,” “Wu-Ji,” “Temple Fair,” “Love of Lan Yang,” and “Dream of Lan Yang”

2003

“Drums in the Mountains,” and “Waves Riding the Wind”

2004

First performance of the large-scale children’s musical “Meigula the Magician and the Great Adventure of the 24 Filial Children.”
First performance of the large-scale dance drama “The Legend of the Island.”
“Grief” and “Drum Dance”

2005

“Extremity”

2006

“40 Years of the Lan Yang Dancers” Anniversary Performances: “An Aboriginal Dance,” “Shadow Dancing Reflected in the Ripples of the River,” “Na Zha,” “Moon Leaping,” “Spirit-seizing,” “The Peacock Draws Near,” “Beating the Drums to Strengthen the Army’s Courage,” “The Drum Dance of Lan Yang,” “The Rainbow,” and “Pounding Waves”

2007

The large-scale dance drama “The Flower Listener (Part 2) – A Dance Drama with Gongs” returns to Taipei.
“Puppet Dance” and “Love of Lan Yang”

2008

First Taipei performance of the medium-scale dance drama “The Mouse Wedding.”
The Lan Yang Dancers Spring Show – “Dance Memories of Childhood and an Abiding Attachment to Lan Yang”: “Childhood,” “Making Sweet Dumplings,” “Love of Lan Yang,” “Drum Point,” “Attachment to the Soil,” “Fishing with a Net,” “Glory of Spring,” “Wandering Free,” and “Clouds Turning Somersaults”

2009

Tenth-anniversary performance of the large-scale dance drama “Princess Kavalan ”

2010

Annual show – “Pine, Bamboo and Plum Revisited”: “Magpies,” “Spring Returns to the Grasslands,” “Tunhuang Silk Dance,” “Battle between Crane and Clam,” “Shadow Dancing Reflected in the Ripples of the River,” “Pine,” “Bamboo,” “Plum,” “Snow in May,” “Driven Snow” and “Lantern Game”

2011

First performance in Taipei of the medium-scale dance drama “The Red Spring in the Maple Wood.”
Annual show – “The Stars of Kavalan”: “The Stars of Komalan,” “Indistinct,” “The Sandbanks of Wuwei Harbor,” “Childhood Dreams Under the Camphor Tree,” “Boat Race,” “Niudou Post Station,” and “The Tianxiang Peony Variety”


Historical Background to the Evolution of the Lan Yang Dancers – Major Events in Taiwan

1966

Father Gian Carlo Michelini, from Italy, founds the Lan Yang Dancers in Luotung Township, Yilan County.

1978

The Lan Yang Dancers performs at Asia Night in the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Taipei.

1984

The Taipei branch of the Lan Yang Catholic Cultural Center is opened.
The Lan Yang Dancers performs at the awards ceremony for the Golden Bell Awards (for radio and TV) for two years in a row.

1986

The Troupe performs at the Taipei Cultural Center for the first time, as part of the Taipei Arts Festival.

1987

The Troupe performs at the Taipei Cultural Center as part of the Folk Arts Month activity organized by Taipei City Government.
The Taipei Dancing Group branch of the Lan Yang Dancers is established.

1988

The Troupe is invited to perform at the Ten Thousand Hearts Beat as One event held to celebrate the National Day of the R.O.C.
The Troupe performs at the opening ceremony held to mark the formal opening of the National Theater in Taipei.

1989

The Troupe is invited to perform at the Night of Chinese Folk Arts event held at the Young Lion Art Center in Taipei.

1990

The Lan Yang Dancers assists in the organizing of the first Taipei International Folk Dance Festival in 1990, and also performs during the Festival.

1991

The Troupe is invited to perform at the Asia Pacific Film Festival gala evening.
The Troupe arranges for Professor Elizabel Dvorszky of the Hungarian National Ballet to travel to Taiwan on a regular basis to provide ballet instruction. 

1993

The Troupe performs during the Taipei Lantern Festival festivities for the first time (and continues to perform for the Festival on many subsequent occasions).
In collaboration with the classical music radio station Philharmonic Radio Taipei, the Troupe performs its first ever modern dance production – Ravel’s “L’Enfant et les Sortileges” – at the National Theater in Taipei.

1994

The Troupe performs at the Taipei Culture Center in Taipei and at the Chung Hsing Hall in Taichung, as part of the 1994 Chinese Folk Dance Festival.
The Troupe performs for the first time at the “Sports Night” event, forming part of the Taipei Sports Meeting (the first of numerous occasions on which the Troupe performs at this event).

1995

The Troupe performs at the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Taipei as part of the Chinese Folk Dance Festival.
The Troupe is invited to perform, alongside a number of other performance groups, at the “Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Taiwan’s Retrocession and Taiwan’s Artistic Vitality” event.
The Lan Yang Dancers holds its first “Ballet Night,” choreographed by Professor Flora Kajdani (a Russian dance instructor with the Hungarian Dance Academy in Budapest.

1996

The Troupe performs for the first time at the Yilan International Children’s Folklore & Folkgame Festival.
The Troupe is invited to perform at the Japan-Taiwan Friendship Culture Carnival; since 1996, the Troupe has continued to participate in Taiwan-Japan cultural exchange activities.

1997

The Troupe is invited to perform at the National Palace Museum’s National Palace Museum Year of the Ox New-year Celebrations event, organized jointly by the National Palace Museum and the United Daily News.

1999

The Troupe performs at the National Chinese Folk Culture Festival, organized by Taoyuan County Government.
The Troupe performs at the Yilan New Year Celebrations for the first time (and has continued to do so in subsequent years).

2000

The Troupe gives six performances as part of the Art Banquet Millennium New Year Tour. 

2001

The Troupe performs at the Penghu Summer Dance Festival in the Penghu County Cultural Affairs Bureau Auditorium.
The Troupe performs at the 2001 National Day Celebrations.
The Troupe is invited to perform at the Night of Taiwanese Cultural event organized by the Council for Cultural Affairs (for the first of two successive years).

2002

The Troupe performs at the Luotung Fringe arts festival for the first time (and has performed at the festival on numerous occasions since then).

2003

Members of the diplomatic corps (including Ambassadors, Representatives, and other senior officials) are invited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to view a performance by the Lan Yang Dancers.
The Troupe performs at the Yilan Green Expo (the first of numerous occasions on which it has performed at the Expo).

2004

The Troupe performs for the first time at the Asia Pacific Traditional Arts Festival, organized by the National Center for Traditional Arts (the first of numerous occasions on which it has performed at the Festival).

2006

The Troupe is honored by the Council of Cultural Affairs for the support it has given to the promotion of culture and the arts in Taiwan; the Troupe is honored once again in 2011.

2007

The Troupe takes part in the Two Decades of Excellence joint dance performance to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the founding of the National Theater and National Concert Hall.
The Troupe performs at the Hualien International Stone Sculpture Festival (and again the following year).

2008

The Troupe performs at the Taichung Children’s Art Festival, organized by the Bureau of Cultural Affairs, Taichung City Government.
The Troupe is invited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to perform a number of classic works from its repertoire for an audience of foreign dignitaries that includes Dr. the Hon. Ralph E. Gonsalves, the Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
At the invitation of Taipei City Government, the Troupe puts on a performance of “Dance East and West – Classic Works from the Chinese Folk Dance and Ballet Repertoires” at the Children’s Theater, Taipei Cultural Center.
The Troupe performs at the concert held to mark the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Yilan Performance Hall.

2009

The Troupe takes part in the Bringing Culture to 29 Townships of Taipei County activity, performing in SanXia, WanLi and BaLi Townships and in XinZhuang City and BanQiao City.

2010

The Troupe performs at the 2010 Taipei International Flora Exposition.


Historical Background to the Evolution of the Lan Yang Dancers – Major Events in Other Parts of the World

1974

The Lan Yang Dancers becomes the first Taiwanese performing arts group to perform in Italy. The Troupe gives over 60 performances, and is received by, and performs in front of, Pope Paul 6th for two consecutive years.

1977

The Troupe makes a three-month tour of North, Central and South America; this is the first tour of Central and South America by a Taiwanese performing arts group.

1979

The Troupe takes part in the activities organized to celebrate the International Year of the Child (1979), including a second three-month tour of Central and South America.

1983

The Troupe tours Europe and is received by Pope John Paul 2nd, the first of seven tours of Europe made between 1983 and 1997.

1984

The Troupe forms part of the R.O.C. Music and Dance Ensemble, formed in collaboration with the Broadcasting Corporation of China Chinese Music Orchestra, on its tour of Japan. 

1987

The Troupe represents Taiwan on a one-month tour of the U.S., as part of the celebrations being held to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the drafting of the United States Constitution in 1787.

1989

At the invitation of the Overseas Chinese Affairs Commission, Executive Yuan, the Troupe tours the U.S., giving a total of 19 performances.
The Troupe takes part in the International Competition in the 3rd World Folkdance Festival in Spain; its performance of “Shadow Dancing Reflected in the Ripples of the River” wins it the Audience Favorite Award.

1990

The Troupe is invited to attend the annual meeting of UNESCO’s International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals (CIOFF).

1991

The Troupe represents Taiwan as an Observer at the annual meeting of CIOFF.
The Troupe takes part in the International Competition in the 5th World Folkdance Festival in Spain, winning Third Prize with its performance of the “Tun Huang Silk Dance”, and going on to tour Spain and Germany.

1992

The Troupe takes part in the Barcelona Olympics Art Festival; this is the first time that a Taiwanese performing arts groups has been formally invited by the organizers to participate in an Olympics-related event. 

1994

At the invitation of the Government Information Office, the Troupe gives a six-performance tour of North America, performing in New York and Canada. The Troupe also gives dance demonstrations for local schoolchildren.
The Troupe is invited by the Hong Kong Government to give three performances in Hong Kong. The Troupe also gives performances in Fuzhou and Beijing in China, and carries out dance exchange activities with the Peking University School of Arts; in addition, the Troupe is interviewed by the China Beijing TV Station.
The Lan Yang Dancers represents Taiwan at the CIOFF annual meeting in Malaysia, following the granting of full membership of CIOFF to Taiwan (as “Chinese Taipei”).

1996

The Troupe makes the first of six cultural exchange visits to Hyogo Prefecture in Japan.

1997

The Troupe is invited to perform at the Second Annual World Meeting of the Holy Father with Families, held in the Maraza football stadium in Brazil. The Troupe then goes on to give a performance for overseas compatriots on Taiwan’s National Day in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
At the invitation of the Tourism Bureau, Ministry of Transportation and Communications, the Troupe takes part in the Singapore Chingay Parade; the Troupe also represents Taiwan at this event in 1998 and 2011.

1998

After accompanying a Ministry of Foreign Affairs delegation to perform at the celebrations held in Swaziland to mark the 30th anniversary of independence, the Troupe goes on perform for overseas compatriots in South Africa and Malawi.
The Troupe travels to Japan to take part in the first Asia Pacific Children’s Festival.
The Troupe performs at the third Puebla International Arts Festival in Mexico.

2001

The Troupe takes part in the 8th International Youth Dance Festival in Macao, along with groups from 15 other countries.

2004

The Troupe is invited to perform its large-scale dance drama “Kavalan Princess” at the 15th Taiwanese Culture Festival in Vancouver.

2005

The Troupe travels to the U.S. to perform at the Asia Festival held to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations.
The Troupe is invited to represent Taiwan at the 2005 World Expo in Aichi, Japan.

2006

The Troupe tours Italy once again, and performs at the Vatican in front of Pope Benedict 16th.
The Troupe is invited to take part in the 10th International Youth Dance Festival in Macao.
The Troupe is invited to take part in the Veliko Tarnovo International Folklore Festival in Bulgaria.

2007

The Troupe is invited by Taipei City Council to travel to Phoenix, Arizona to perform at the Chinese Week opening ceremony. The Troupe is interviewed on TV, and performs at local schools, as well as giving a public performance at the Orpheum Theatre.

2009

At the request of the Government Information Office, Executive Yuan, the Troupe undertakes a one-month tour of Europe, during which it performs at a number of arts festivals.
The Troupe travels to China to take part in the 10th CIOFF Asian and Oceanian Folklore Festival and Hangzhou West Lake International Carnival.

2011

Together with the Hsiao Feng Ensemble, the Troupe takes part in the 14th World Folkdance Festival in Spain, winning Second Prize in the Dance Section of the International Competition, and First Prize in the Music Section.

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