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Compass Magazine, October 2002

Avant-garde Oriental audio-visual ¡V¡¥Standing Stationary Posture¡¦
Edited by Rachel Chiu, translated by Tiger Yang

       The Ultimate Body-Energy Dance Group is the pride of Taichung fans of dance and art, as the first professional modern dance group in the city, not to mention one of Taiwan's most representative groups. Since its founding, it has performed over 200 shows in Malaysia, the United States, Australia and France and is well known on the international stage. Clearly, Taichung's only professional modern dance group has gained worldwide approval.

      Group founder and general director Chi-Chih Shih has devoted himself to the "New Oriental Body Style" since he returned from abroad. On May 5, the group's newly-released 2002 show, "Standing Stationary Posture" will debut. This new work has combined movies and computer science, Chinese regimen concepts and Oriental martial arts, ensuring that it will provide a shocking, sensory experience for the audience.

      "Standing Stationary Posture", also named "Regimen Posture", is the basic method for positioning one¡¦s waist and legs in martial arts. It provides an easy-to-do, motionless exercise to forge the body and mind, as well as prepare the beginner to enter the field of Chinese "chi-gong". The choreographer uses the name "Standing Stationary Posture" to refer to root searching and to contrast kinetics¡¦ "Losing and Gaining Balance" in Western modern dance, thus developing a new vocabulary for Oriental dance.

      In designing his visual presentation, Chi-Chih Shih has brought his fine arts background, creativity and talents into full play with his stage design, which applies computer synthesis techniques to mesh a chart of acupuncture points with the dancer¡¦s body, in order to symbolize the Oriental image of the human body. Such a technique is also considered a pioneering work in Taiwan.

      As for musical material, there is aboriginal and ancient folk music from Taiwan, Japan, Indonesia and other Asian native cultures. In addition, it includes modern musical works which for Oriental musical instruments as well as traditional Chinese opera's "thirteen sounds". Various sounds are produced by beats from different directions and body parts, to form variable styles in an avant-garde Oriental dance dialogue. Moreover, "Five-Flower" and "Cloud-Hand" are a new dance vocabulary inspired by Oriental martial arts to create a modern sense of beauty. Using "Push-Hand", "Exchange-Blow", "Multiple Exchange-Blow" and several movements in Judo and Hochido for a mixed visual presentation, the performance also creates a new style in the "Oriental Skills of Touching".

      This international work has won the approval of art festival judges in France, the Netherlands, and Russia. Its avant-garde style will bring audiences a brand-new impressions of the Orient. In doing so, the Ultimate Body-Energy Dance Group is an ambassodor of Taiwanese body art from Taichung to the world.

Debut performance:
2002/10/5 (Sat), 7:30 pm, 10/06, 3 pm Chung Shan Hall, Taichung

Tour:
2002/10/19 (Sat), 7:30 pm Art Performance Hall, Culture Bureau, Nantou county government

2002/10/27 (Sun), 7:30 pm Performance Hall, Taichung Harbor Area Art Center, Taichung County

2002/12/18 (Sat), 7:30 pm Art Building, Culture Center, Chunli

2002/01/04 (Sat), 7:30 pm Performance Hall, Culture Bureau, Miaoli county

Price: Taichung NT$300.400.500.600; Nantou NT$100; Taichung County, Chungli, Miaoli NT$250

Sponsor: Ultimate Body- Energy Dance Group

Information: Ultimate Body- Energy Theatre 04-2205-0140

Tickets available via Yuen-Chi Ticket System

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