Southern Taiwan Artistic Dance Troupe
The drum is a spiritual symbol for Chinese heritage and dance is the expression that demonstrates the strength of the culture; together, they uncover the mystique behind this glorious civilization. Through the sound of drums and gongs, and the sparkles and the smoke from the firecrackers, Chinese people always find peace and harmony within. As Chinese culture evolves , increasingly exposed to international influences, the appreciation of traditional drum dances on the rise.
Southern Taiwan Artistic Dance Troupe opens the show with “The Monkeys”, welcoming everyone to the new year celebration. Six different drum dances include Manchu drums, a type of drums used by the Manchurian hunters, Tibetan Drums, a type of drums used by the buskers, Uyghur Drums (Dap), a type of drums used Turkic people living in China’s Xingjiang province, Coin Drums (tambourine), a type of drums used by the Hans in Southern provinces, Dunhuang Drum Dance, a type of dancing inspired by Mogao caves and Indian dancers near the Taklamakan Desert in far Western China, and Waist Drum, a popular cylinder-like two-sided drum all over China.
Founded in Year 2000 by Ms. Yi Fen Sun, the mandate of the troupe is to nurture the learning of dances in youth. Over the years, Ms. Sun has helped her students to appreciate the art of dances by performing in communities and around the world. Often invited to choreograph for Taiwan’s large festivals or ceremonial events, Southern Taiwan Artistic Dance Troupe will be making their first visit in Canada.