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Taiwanese city to feature 'Taike Dance' at Edinburgh festival

Taiwanese city to feature 'Taike Dance' at Edinburgh festival

Kaohsiung, Oct. 29 (CNA) Riding on its success in showing off an innovative temple fair dance at the opening of the Kaohsiung World Games 2009, the government of Taiwan's southern port city Kaohsiung is now planning to promote the dance at the world-renowned Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the biggest arts festival in the world.
The innovative temple fair dance involves "Seven-Star" steps that used to be danced by Taoist deity sedan-chair carriers during religious festivals and is accompanied by loud traditional temple tunes and dazzling neon lights.
It was an instant attention grabber during the opening ceremony of the World Games in Kaohsiung City on July 16.
The more than 50,000 audience members, many of whom were foreigners, were amazed by the dance, billed by the city government as the "Taike Dance" because of the strong Taiwanese folklore characteristics surrounding it, said Shih Jhe, director-general of the Kaohsiung City Bureau of Cultural Affairs.
The bureau is planning to organize a Taike Dance company and have it trained regularly so that it can represent Kaohsiung City at the next Edinburgh Festival Fringe, to be held in August 2010, Shih said.
To further attract interest in the dance, Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu is inviting Kaohsiung residents and people from other cities and counties to join her for a record-setting event where some 100,000 people are expected to be dancing the "Taike Dance" at Kaohsiung's Lotus Pond around 2 p.m. on Nov. 1, according to Shih.
(By Wang Shu-fen and Deborah Kuo)




Updated : 2020-12-01 07:19 GMT+08:00