Creation of Taiwanese Aborigines

Subtlety in Ethnic Poundings 【Op.107】

  • Premiere: September 23, 1994 National Theater (Taipei)
  • Choreography: Liu, Feng-Shueh
  • Music: Excerpts form Taiwanese aboriginal folk music collected by Liu, Feng-Shueh from 1954-1980
  • Musical Consultants: Hsu, Tsang-Huei, Hsu, Ying-Chou
  • Lighting Design: Anthony Bowne
  • Stage Design: Chang, Wei-Wen
  • Costume Design: Tsai, Fu-Fung, Liu, Feng-Shueh
  • Performance: Neo-Classic Dance Company
  • Running Time: 75 minutes

“Subtlety in Ethnic Poundings” is Liu, Feng-Shueh’s creative response to Taiwanese aboriginal folk dance, expressing aboriginal attitudes toward spirituality, fate and life. It depicts the interdependencies between the primitive and the civilized, the old and the new, the past the present, the individual the group and the environment, and deeply explores the structure of aboriginal dance ,rhythm and movements and the potential for creation they contain.

The dance structure:

  1. Subtlety in Ethnic Poundings
  2. The Call From Motherland
  3. Ancestor
  4. In Praise of Warriors
  5. Sad Song
  6. Subtlety in Ethnic Poundings

Music:

  1. Subtlety in Ethnic Poundings
    (1) Song for Merit (Bunun tribe)
    (2) Tune of the Pestle
    (3) Narration (Ami dialect)
     
  2. The Call From Motherland
    (1) Lullaby
    (2) Alien (Yami tribe)
    (3) Song of the Single Man (Yami tribe)
    (4) Dance of the Snake (Yami and Paiwan tribe)
    (5) Dance of the Hair (Yami tribe)
    (6) Love Song (Paiwan and Rukai tribe)
    (7) Song of Harvest (Ami tribe)
     
  3. Ancestor
    (1) Song for Merit (Bunun tribe)
    (2) Reception of the Gods (Tstou tribe)
     
  4. In Praise of Warriors
    (1) Song of Battle (Tstou and Paiwan tribe)
     
  5. Sad Song
    (1) Narration (Ami dialect)
    (2) Mother (Whistle)
    (3) Breath and Human’s Sound
    (4) Human’s Sound
    (5) Song of Burden (Bunun tribe)
    (6) Song of Prayer for maturing Millet (Bunun tribe)
     
  6. Subtlety in Ethnic Poundings
    (1) Song for Merit (Bunun tribe)
    (2) Tune of the Pestle
    (3) Narration (Ami dialect)