2024

Featured Performances
SaySiyat azem - Soul of SaySiyat

2024

Featured Performances
SaySiyat azem - Soul of SaySiyat
Aug 24
Studio Theatre
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
 
 
 
 

About the Program

taboeh a 'oebay tataysi' (Shihmin Szu) has a deeply personal interpretation of the Saisiyat soul. He believes that it is a way of expression that combines the body and culture.

For Szu, the soul of the Saisiyat is not just a symbol of cultural identity—it is a responsibility and a weight to carry. It is something passed down through traditional dances, songs, and rituals. It is not only an expression of the body, but also deeply connected with mythology, nature, and community, reflecting the harmony and dialogue between man and nature, man and society. By exploring the Saisiyat soul through dance, he realized that dance is not only an art form, but a philosophy of life and a way of existence. Every dance performed is an exploration of the meaning of life and a declaration to the world of the uniqueness and value of Saisiyat culture. Through such performances, he is not only preserving and promoting the cultural heritage of the Saisiyat people, but also looking for connections with contemporary society, so that these traditions remain vital and relevant in an ever-changing world. And so, for taboeh a 'oebay tataysi' (Shihmin Szu), the Saisiyat soul is a way to connect the past and the future, the individual and the collective, nature and society through dance and ritual. This profound cultural identity and practice enabled him to find a spiritual power in dance that transcended daily life, thereby influencing and inspiring more people to understand and respect this unique cultural heritage.

taboeh a 'oebay tataysi' (Shihmin Szu)
Taiwanese Indigenous Choreographer

“What I’m doing may not be of great importance, but this process I’m experiencing is something significant and I’m passing on this spirit.”

taboeh a 'oebay tataysi' (Shihmin Szu) is from Taiwan. His father is Saisiyat, and his mother is Amis. He is the first dancer identifying as Saisiyat to bring his work to New York. In choreography, he combines traditional Saisiyat culture and contemporary dance. Inspired by these vibrant cultural elements, his works express his awe of the land and his pursuit of that unshakeable spirit and vitality. Szu’s dance incorporates his cultural beliefs while also strives to break through national and cultural barriers, creating resonance that transcends language and geography.

itih kaybaybaw
Taiwanese Indigenous Singer

itih is from the Baguali tribe in Nanzhuang Township of Miaoli, Taiwan. Baguali is a tribe with diverse ethnic groups and a rich culture. The Hakka and the Saisiyat people live closely in the tribe, and so itih has cultivated an old soul tied to the local community. Growing up in such an environment, he is bilingual, never forgetting his two mother tongues of Hakka and Saisiyat even when he left home for his studies. In today’s society where foreign culture is steadily becoming mainstream, he considers it a point of pride in being able to speak the mother tongue. He continues learning through watching the news in Saisiyat, speaking to elders in the tribe, and practising by talking to himself. He believes in making it possible for yourself to be able to speak the local language no matter what environment you are in. itih also hopes that through self-learning and cultural knowledge, more people can value their mother tongues.

 Cheng Chang Kuo
 Senior Photographer
Tiffany Kao
Videographer

From the Curating Team

Through the universal languages of dance and music, TAIWANfest explores intercultural connections in flamenco dance, Chinese-language music, and more.

*WARNING: This video contains some flashing lights and images.
SAYSIYAT AZEM - SOUL OF SAYSIYAT

About the Program

taboeh a 'oebay tataysi' (Shihmin Szu) has a deeply personal interpretation of the Saisiyat soul. He believes that it is a way of expression that combines the body and culture.

For Szu, the soul of the Saisiyat is not just a symbol of cultural identity—it is a responsibility and a weight to carry. It is something passed down through traditional dances, songs, and rituals. It is not only an expression of the body, but also deeply connected with mythology, nature, and community, reflecting the harmony and dialogue between man and nature, man and society. By exploring the Saisiyat soul through dance, he realized that dance is not only an art form, but a philosophy of life and a way of existence. Every dance performed is an exploration of the meaning of life and a declaration to the world of the uniqueness and value of Saisiyat culture. Through such performances, he is not only preserving and promoting the cultural heritage of the Saisiyat people, but also looking for connections with contemporary society, so that these traditions remain vital and relevant in an ever-changing world. And so, for taboeh a 'oebay tataysi' (Shihmin Szu), the Saisiyat soul is a way to connect the past and the future, the individual and the collective, nature and society through dance and ritual. This profound cultural identity and practice enabled him to find a spiritual power in dance that transcended daily life, thereby influencing and inspiring more people to understand and respect this unique cultural heritage.

*WARNING: This video contains some flashing lights and images.
SAYSIYAT AZEM - SOUL OF SAYSIYAT
taboeh a 'oebay tataysi' (Shihmin Szu)
Taiwanese Indigenous Choreographer

“What I’m doing may not be of great importance, but this process I’m experiencing is something significant and I’m passing on this spirit.”

taboeh a 'oebay tataysi' (Shihmin Szu) is from Taiwan. His father is Saisiyat, and his mother is Amis. He is the first dancer identifying as Saisiyat to bring his work to New York. In choreography, he combines traditional Saisiyat culture and contemporary dance. Inspired by these vibrant cultural elements, his works express his awe of the land and his pursuit of that unshakeable spirit and vitality. Szu’s dance incorporates his cultural beliefs while also strives to break through national and cultural barriers, creating resonance that transcends language and geography.

itih kaybaybaw
Taiwanese Indigenous Singer

itih is from the Baguali tribe in Nanzhuang Township of Miaoli, Taiwan. Baguali is a tribe with diverse ethnic groups and a rich culture. The Hakka and the Saisiyat people live closely in the tribe, and so itih has cultivated an old soul tied to the local community. Growing up in such an environment, he is bilingual, never forgetting his two mother tongues of Hakka and Saisiyat even when he left home for his studies. In today’s society where foreign culture is steadily becoming mainstream, he considers it a point of pride in being able to speak the mother tongue. He continues learning through watching the news in Saisiyat, speaking to elders in the tribe, and practising by talking to himself. He believes in making it possible for yourself to be able to speak the local language no matter what environment you are in. itih also hopes that through self-learning and cultural knowledge, more people can value their mother tongues.

 Cheng Chang Kuo
 Senior Photographer
Tiffany Kao
Videographer

From the Curating Team

Through the universal languages of dance and music, TAIWANfest explores intercultural connections in flamenco dance, Chinese-language music, and more.

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