Each person is a story within someone else’s story.
“In the Farthest Corner of the East” links art and life even closer together. Through moving back to the people who were nurtured by grassroots culture, and venue-based creation and performance, we seek to invigorate local sentimentality and cultural life. Taking art as our vessel, we deepen the audience’s understanding of this land. At the same time, through this work, we enable local residents to re-evaluate their own culture and an island they know well.
We hope that in expanding our international horizons, at the same time we are influenced by them, we also understand the locals more deeply. Through fieldwork, venue-based creation and performance, we revisit local history and cultural contexts.
Facing the same fieldwork (environment), and with various creative avenues and unisons, we hope to stimulate greater possibilities for creative performance.
TNUA Graduate Institute of Transdisciplinary Study on Creative Writing and Literature
Today’s open media environment and free flow of ideas are steadily dismantling the traditional boundaries of creativity and creative expression. Recognizing the realities and requirements of this pivotal shift, TNUA’s Graduate Institute of Transdisciplinary Study on Creative Writing and Literature draws on the rich resources of TNUA to expand knowledge and innovation into the increasingly fluid frontier between literature and art (literature x art). To effectively raise new generations of literary talent and encourage their shining light and understanding on contemporary social issues, courses at the Graduate Institute focus on three main areas of study: Literary Contemporaneity, Fundamental Issues in Contemporary Literature, and Contemporary Literature Composition. In addition, the Graduate Institute’s Contemporary Literature Laboratory examines and explores the dynamic development of contemporary literature in Taiwan, with key focuses on literature as a medium of social engagement and as a medium of expanding art into new and impactful dimensions.
TNUA Graduate Institute of Traditional Music
The TNUA Department of Traditional Music was established in 1995 for the purpose of furthering, researching, and developing traditional music through the nurturing of professional talent.
The professional training of the department unites the transmission of traditional music and modernized, expert ideals of higher education in music. Aside from a coherent focus on expertise in technical performance, performance theory, and the art of performance, we also emphasize holistic learning in the field, with required courses relating to traditional music. To broaden their horizons, students take courses in Western music history and theory as well as Asian music, and can take Gamelan or Steel Band orchestra as electives, becoming artists with an ethnographic worldliness. Graduate study is divided into theory and performance streams. With the deepening of both traditional performance technique and academic ability as our goal, the program emphasizes a spirit of modernity and internationalism, in order to nurture professional talent in traditional music performance, research, and teaching. Developing through the aid of rich educational resources, students are not only equipped with diverse performance techniques and academic cultivation in the field of traditional music, but expand their horizons, becoming artists with both ethnic color and an international field of vision.
TNUA School of Dance
Taipei National University of the Arts (TNUA, formerly known as National Institute of the Arts before 2001) was founded in 1982. Since the establishment of the School of Dance in 1983, a world-class faculty of choreographers, performers, and scholars has led the BFA, MA/MFA, and Ph.D. programs and developed dance artists, educators, writers, and administrators in the performing arts. The accomplishments of the faculty and alumni have made a name for TNUA not only in the contemporary dance scene in Taiwan, but also worldwide.