Meimage Dance is performing Beyond the Pale this afternoon and tonight at the Taipei National University of the Arts Dance Hall in Taipei.
Photo Courtesy of Meimage Dance
At just a year old, Meimage Dance may be one of the youngest dance troupes in Taiwan, but founder and choreographer Ho Hsiao-mei (何曉玫) is no babe in the woods, having years of experience choreographing for Taipei Crossover Dance Company (台北越界舞團), as well as pieces for her students at Taipei National University of the Arts.
I was impressed by her Beyond the Pale (紙境) when she showed a sample as a work in progress at the Quanta Hall in Taoyuan County’s HwaYa Science Park (華亞科技園區) in August. A stark white paper backdrop and big rolls of black paper served as both a stage for the dancers and an interactive prop as they pulled and tore seams in the paper and ripped it up over the course of the dance, stripping it away just as Ho’s choreography is stripped and spare, with no wasted movements.
( Data source: Taipei Times )