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National Taichung Theater tops arts newsmakers in 2014

National Taichung Theater tops arts newsmakers in 2014

Taipei, Dec. 19 (CNA) The inauguration of the National Taichung Theater in November was the most important arts and culture news story of 2014, according to an annual poll released Monday. Central Taiwan's first opera house, the eye-catching theater complex was designed by Pritzker Architecture Prize-winning Japanese architect Toyo Ito and boasts a 2,014-seat grand theater, a 800-seat theater and a 200-seat black box theater. Architecturally complex and highly challenging from an engineering perspective, the theater was built without beams or columns, relying instead on 58 curved wall units. It is believed to be the first theater in the world to employ such a construction technique. According to the survey conducted by Taipei National University of the Arts' Graduate Institute of Arts Administration and Management, the second most important arts story was the opening of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre's cultural and art educational center in Tamsui in November. Rounding out the top three was the closure of the Ping Fong Acting Troupe, one of Taiwan's most renowned drama groups, in 2013 following the death of its founder Hugh Lee. It was the second year in a row that Cloud Gate and Ping Fong were among the top three arts newsmakers. The exhibitions of National Palace Museum treasures in Japan were rated the fourth biggest arts story of the year, followed by opposition to a Taiwan-China trade-in-services pact by members of Taiwan's cultural sector. In sixth and seventh place were the cultural sector's call for the re-opening of performance center Novel Hall and the death of music maestro Lee Tai-hsiang, respectively, the survey showed. The last three stories in the top 10 were the launch of the National Performing Arts Center, the death of architecture scholar Han Pao-teh, and the dispute surrounding the Ministry of Culture's push for a pop music talent certification system, the survey found. The survey asked scholars to rate the 40 most important arts and culture news stories for 2014, before asking the faculty and students from Taipei National University of the Arts to select the 25 most important stories out of the list of 40. The 25 news items were then put to public vote and the results were determined from the 1,118 samples collected. (By Christie Chen)


Updated : 2020-12-05 00:58 GMT+08:00