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Floating Flowers

Choreography: Po-Cheng Tsai
Set & lighting: Otto Chang
Music Composition: Rockid Lee
Visual artists: Po-Chih Chang and Yon-Yun Deng
Set design assistant: Pei-Chun Pan
Created in 2015
Duration: 60 min

Floating Flowers is inspired by a traditional Taiwanese religious celebration that takes place at the Ghost Festival, one of the most beautiful and popular Buddhist ceremonies in the country. Floating lanterns placed on water are meant to worship deities, to send away bad luck and bring happiness. They are also intended to convey wishes and pay tribute to the deceased.
In Po-Cheng Tsai’s childhood, it was tradition for his father to take him to the festival to write his wishes on the lanterns, to set them adrift and to watch them being carried away by the flow of the river. Since his father’s passing, Tsai lost faith in the ritual of his childhood, but was inspired to create Floating Flowers to honour his father and free himself from memories that haunted him.
He thus proposes a refreshing and optimistic piece where the dancers, wrapped in vaporous muslin, seem to float gracefully above the water.

Press talks about it

“Magnificent dancers, wrapped in steamy muslin, images and lights reminiscent of mysterious landscapes, this is Floating Flowers, a Taiwanese choreography made of pure beauty.”

Agnès Izrine, La Terrasse

Floating Flowers: the choreographic upsurge of a young Taiwanese in Avignon… A show full of rare energy served by impressive dancers.”

Laurence Houot, Culturebox

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