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Dancers from around the globe to give festival style

TAIPEI--An international dance festival set to kick off yesterday in Taipei will present diverse international dance styles and give Taiwanese audiences a chance to see dance cultures from around the world, the organizer said yesterday.

“The festival will showcase various dance forms from contemporary dance, Chinese folk dance, ballet, and Western-style dance to dances that blend Western and Eastern elements,” said Tu Ying-ying, a member of the Taipei National University of the Arts team that is organizing the event.

The festival, to run until July 21, will also feature dances that incorporate projection technology, said Tu.

The performances will be given by eight universities and dance academies from Taiwan, the United States, Australia, Japan, China and New Zealand, including the Beijing Dance Academy, Purchase College in New York and Kobe College.

The performances include an orchid dance backed by traditional Chinese percussion instruments and “D-Man in the Waters,” a signature modern dance piece by American dancer and choreographer Bill T. Jones.

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