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TNUA and Burapha performers blend music and dances of Taiwan and Thailand

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Poster:Secretariat OfficePost date:2017-12-13
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TNUA’s Department of Traditional Music and its sister school in Thailand, Burapha University, conducted a series of exchange activities starting at the end of November, with students and teachers from both sides visiting one another and giving workshops.
 
The activities were arranged in line with the Department of Traditional Music’s Asian music and dance exchange program.
 
On December 6, students and teachers from TNUA’s Department of Traditional Department of Music, and Department of Dance joined Burapha’s Prof. Noppon Jamreantong, Prof. Manit Theppatimaporn, and Prof. Phongsathorn Sutham in staging a performance blending the dances and music of Taiwan and Thailand at a temple in Taipei.        
 
The performance was a mix of Taiwan’s nanguan and beiguan music, contemporary pipa music, as well as Taiwanese lion dance, martial arts and Thailand’s mythical animals. The musical instruments featured included nanguan, beiguan, pipa and Thailand’s Klong Kho Yao and Mong.
 
Prof. Ling-Huei Tsai, chairperson of the Department of Traditional Music, who is in charge of the exchange program, said that thanks to increasing trade and cultural ties between Taiwan and Southeast Asian countries, the Department of Traditional Music long-term efforts promoting Asian dance and music exchange can continue.
 
She said she hopes the program can strengthen cross-boundary music and cultural cooperation with Thailand, India and others. 
 
She expressed the hope of building long-term cooperation and exchange mechanisms with other Asian countries.
 
Prof. Tsai pointed out that over the past few years, the Department of Traditional Music has already offered master classes and workshops for Japanese koto and shamisen, as well as music of the Philippines, Vietnam, India, Okinawa, Indonesia, Myanmar and Thailand.
 
The Department of Traditional Music has also continued to incorporate Asian music and cross-cultural courses into its regular curriculum, she noted. 
 
The Department of Traditional Music has been running exchange activities with Burapha University since 2011, including sending eight of its students and teacher to a visit to the Thailand school in the summer of 2016. During the visit, both sides jointly staged a performance blending the dances and music of Taiwan and Thailand.
 
Caption: Students and teachers from TNUA and Burapha University perform at a temple in Taipei.
 
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