*75 minutes without intermission
*This program is recommended for those 10 and older.
*Please arrive early for the performance. Latecomers may not be admitted.
Bulareyaung Pagarlava was the first artist invited by National Taichung Theater to join the Artist in Residence Program from 2017 to 2018. During that time, he visited the mountains of central Taiwan, developing a relationship with the indigenous Bunun community of Luona. The beautiful, unembellished voices of the Luluna Bunun Choir moved and inspired him, especially the performance of Pasibutbut. This example of traditional Bunun polyphonic singing sent shock waves through the ethnomusicology world when it was recorded for the first time in the 1940s.
NTT’s 2018 commissioned dance piece commission, LUNA, is based on Bulareyaung’s experience. Accompanied by the Luluna Bunun Choir’s performance of Pasibutbut, Bulareyaung and the dancers bring the mountain forests of central Taiwan to the stage, interpreting centuries-old emotions and stories while experiencing the warm embrace of Mother Nature.
Bulareyaung Pagarlava , Choreographer
Bulareyaung Pagarlava is a member of Taiwan’s indigenous Paiwan tribe. His name means “happy warrior” in Paiwan language. A former dancer with Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, Bulareyaung received a performing arts fellowship from the Asian Cultural Council to study in New York in 1998. He was a resident artist at the American Dance Festival in 2008. Three years later, he was invited back to that festival, where he created Landscapes 2011 ADF.
Bulareyaung has been twice commissioned by the Martha Graham Dance Company, producing Lamentation Variation in 2009 and Chasing in 2011. In 2012, he was named one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons in Taiwan.
Bulareyaung Dance Company
The Bulareyaung Dance Company (BDC) was founded in 2014 by indigenous choreographer Bulareyaung Pagarlava in his hometown of Taitung, Taiwan. During the last two decades, Bulareyaung has been invited on numerous occasions to choreograph and perform for various contemporary dance companies both at home and abroad. However, his increasing awareness of his Paiwan identity led him on a new path. He now focuses on his own mother culture, as well as explores the music, dances and traditions of other indigenous cultures.
Dance with indigenous natural voices from land and hearts differentiates BDC from other contemporary dance companies and also outstands himself from regional to international.
Luluna Bunun Choir
Luona, located in Xinyi Township of Nantou County, is Taiwan’s largest indigenous Bunun community. Faced with the gradual disappearance of traditional songs and culture, the residents decided to take action, forming the Luluna Bunun Choir in January of 2016. The elders share the stories of the ancestors as they teach traditional songs. Through this effort to preserve memories and the traditional knowledge of their ancestors, the ethnic identity of the choir members has become stronger, further motivating them to pass on the Bunun culture.