How We Function

  • ConsultantPING, Heng
    Ping is the founder and Artistic Director of Dance Forum Taipei (DFT) and Crown Theater. She holds an MA degree in Dance from New York University and is a certified Labanotation teacher.

    In 1984, she founded Taipei Dance Workshop, which has provided professional training for dancers and performance space for young dance artists as well as experimental theater groups. In addition to the annual production by DFT, Ping also produces the annual Crown Arts Festival since 1994. Between 1997 to 2006, Ping conducted the Asian Little Theatre Exchange Network, collaborating with theaters and dancers in several major cities in Asia. She served as Chairperson of the Performing Arts Alliance from 1997 to1999, as well as CEO of Taipei Artist Village in 2003 and the Artistic Director of National Chiang Kai-Shek Culture Center from 2004 to 2007. 2009-2012 Ping is the Dean of School of Dance at the Taipei National University of the Arts.

    Ping is dedicated to the research and recording of Taiwan aboriginal dances and served as Dance Advisor for the Formosa Aboriginal Song and Dance Troupe. She edited the Chinese-language Dance Appreciation (1995) published in Taiwan and presented several papers in the international dance conferences sponsored by World Dance Alliance –Asian Pacific (WDAAP) and by the Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS). She is also the recipient of the Third National Arts Award. She is currently the professor at Taipei National University of the Arts, on the Board of Directors at National Performing Arts Center and National Foundation of the Arts.
  • ConsultantLEE,Huey-Mei
    Born in Taipei, Huey-mei Lee has been working at the Program Planning Department of the National Chiang Kai-Shek Cultural Center, ROC since 1986 before its opening. In 2004 the National Chiang Kai-Shek Cultural Center changed its status from a government run institution into the first public corporation in Taiwan, meanwhile, she was appointed as the manager of Programming and Marketing Department until 2013 she became the acting artistic director. During the past she helped the local artists to collaborate with each other and made many remarkable productions. She also devoted herself to developing the international link for the Chiang Kai-Shek Center that accumulated the acclaims from the audience as well as the professionals in Taiwan.

    On 7th April, 2014 the National Performing Arts Center was founded by the Ministry of Cultural, ROC and the National Chiang Kai-Shek Cultural Center became a historical name. Huey-mei Lee was appointed to be the first Artistic Director of the new body of National Theatre and Concert Hall, Taiwan.
  • ConsultantYAO, Lee-Chun
    Born in Taiwan, Yao is a theatre director, producer, festival director as well as film researcher and curator. Yao has been the Director of Guling Street Avant-Garde Theatre since 2008. Over the past ten years, he has produced / curated several theatre events including Taiwan International Performance Art Festival (TIPAF) and Sixth Sense in Performance Arts Festival, the only international performing arts festival for/of the disabled in Taiwan. Since 2009, he has hosted a workshop project on physical theater in cooperation with various artists and visually impaired performers. Besides, he is a member of Asia Meets Asia collaboration project and co-founder of the Experimental Media Art Festival in Taiwan.
  • ConsultantKENG, Yi-Wei
    Yi-Wei KENG is the artistic director of Taipei Arts Festival (2012-2017) and the visiting assistant professor of theatre arts at Nation Taiwan University of Arts and National Taipei University of Arts. Yi-Wei had won the first prize from Ni-Kuang Sci-Fi Awards. Recently‚he made the productions of Happy Days and Robert Ashley’s opera Dust . He has written the books of The Making of Robert Wilson’s Orlando‚ Robert Wilson: The Infinite Power of Lights‚ The Short History of Modern Mime and Should we dance?The Comic Life of Bon Cha-cha. He translates the books from Capek’s The Gardener‘s Year, Kafka’s Letters to Felice, Havel’s Selected Plays, John Banville’s Prague Pictures, Peter Brook’s Empty Space and Cambridge Introduction to Theatre Studies.

    Curatorial Statement
    Contemporary dance, experimental performance, new circus, physical theatre, music theater, and talented young directors or choreographers who like to collaborate with Taiwanese artists and work in Taipei.
  • Executive OfficeLIAO, Shu-Ning
    Project Manager |

    Vera S.N. LIAO currently serves as the Project Manager of Performing Arts Alliance (PAA). Her professional focus at PAA is international development. She is responsible for the project CO3, a platform for international research and development of network, co-production and curation on performing arts, supported by National Culture and Arts Foundation (NCAF); aim to promote the presentation of Taiwanese performing arts on the international stage, as well as to establish global network and partnership with overseas performing arts professionals and institutions.
  • Executive OfficeLIN, River
    Curator |

    Born in 1984 in Taipei, Taiwan, River Lin is an artist and curator working across the fields of performing and visual arts. Body is the medium he works with to produce live art and performance, and he looks at curating performance as part of his artistic practice.

    River takes cultural studies as a point of departure, the everyday and ritualistic of specific cultural context, the relationship between body and the spatial-temporal, and the bodily form in between dance and performance art are centrally concerned.

    River currently lives in Paris and works internationally. His performance work has been presented at festivals and exhibitions in Europe and Asia, including Manifesta Biennale, Festival Passage Pas/sage and FRASQ International Performance Art Festival in Paris, Month of Performance Art Berlin, Draw to Perform in London, Buzzcut Festival in Glasgow, Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai, Rapid Pulse Festival in Chicago, and Taipei Artist Village among others. His recent curatorial project works with the French Choreographer Boris Charmatz in collaboration with Taipei Performing Arts Centre and Taipei Fine Arts Museum.