There lies an island in the far east called Formosa.
On it the sound of mountains and the singing voice of the ocean
tell a never-ending story of beauty and wonder.
The Heart of Asia is a fusion of Taiwanese acrobatics and creative performance with Western elements, together with Hakka and Taiwanese aboriginal music and dance, thus presenting a mixture of Taiwanese cultures. With the perfect combination of the East and the West, tradition and modernity, we are looking forward to sharing with our international audience the beauty of Taiwanese performance arts.
At longitude 120-122∘ E and latitude 22-25∘ N lies a small jade island called Formosa-Taiwan. On it the sound of mountains and the singing voice of the ocean tell a never-ending story of beauty and wonder, which has been transformed into this poetic tale of island voices so it could be carried a thousand miles to you.
The mountain melody is an important tradition of the Hakka people, which contains numerous conversations from their daily life that are full of delight. It evolved from the many tunes they wove around the mountaintops while they worked. These magical moments of conversation through songs have become enduring cultural heritage.
‘Past and Present’
Through the squatting dance techniques of the Puyuma people as well as diabolo, this performance depicts the inner turmoil of an aborigine who left his hometown for the big city.
A Bright voice breaks through time and space and tells of the past drip by drip. The current of time flows on to the present day. A brave warrior’s shield symbolizes a young man who grew up in the city. He tells his inner thoughts through the movements of the diabolo. Although he left village behind long ago, he imagines what it might be like to return to his home, to once again wear the flower circlets his mother made for him, and to dance together with his family. But he never gets the chance, and all that is left behind is his regret and nostalgia. He can only wear the symbol of his connection to “home”.
‘Formosa Circus Art’
We miss ten to twenty years ago, when we were all still young and would play together in the alleyways without a care in the world.
As we slowly grew older, we began to understand the true face of society and the frustration of daily life. We felt ever more invisible pressure building.
“Falling in Love”
After growing up we began to experiment with our feelings, searching for our other halves, gradually tasting the sweetness of new love.
Entering the middle age, our perspectives broadened step by step. We discovered that we could overcome any difficulties, work to achieve our dreams little by little, and begin to soar.
As we got older, we encountered ever more varied experiences, thoughts and ideas, and our own perspectives began to change. We learned to give back to society and came to know people from all backgrounds.
Taiwan has always been a melting pot of different cultures and nationalities. People, thing, and ideas from all around the globe have formed its unique culture. But the aspect of our island we most hope to present to you is the caring and welcoming nature of the Taiwanese people.