A Higher Purpose!
Welcome to the Sacred Garden. Plato once said “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” Throughout history, people have used music and art to convey their beliefs, inner thoughts and emotions. With the oldest known musical instrument dated 50,000 years ago, and the oldest painting dated over 45000 years ago, we can say music and art are not ancient, but prehistoric and very human. Medieval times saw a renewed interest in music in monasteries and with studies in universities. Sacred music was composed for religious use and influence. Music proved to be especially powerful in its use in courtship, prayer, worship, sacrifice, divination, and primitive rituals. One can understand how music and art can be extremely robust mediums that can help accomplish goals of significant importance. Nowadays, music and art are omnipresent and in our view, diluted through mainstream entertainment, commercials, social media, and memes. Sacred Garden hopes to refocus the unbounded potential of music and art for a higher purpose. As technology advances, we can imagine even greater possibilities to produce new innovative performing art. And we should embrace technology with a healthy blend of humanity’s warmth and meaning. We hope to bring music and art back to its original high value and high importance state, where it may emanate profound influence and appeal.
Chia-Hui Lu (TW), Vick Wang (TW), Suet-Er Hee (TW), Sara Hsiao (TW), Gian Lee (TW), Wei-Che Hung (TW)
AMORE is an avant-garde production created to elevate the artistry of performing, conceptual, kinetic, digital, video, and abstract art. Paul Chiang’s paintings are the foundation from which 3D animation techniques catalyze the art to life. Through the combination of intense piano repertoires, multimedia technology, contemporary and abstract moving art, diverse styles are revealed to present a dramatic music-based performing art that is a banquet for the senses. Of all the emotions, the most seductive and touching is Love. Love is my muse and is the most inspirational and greatest charm of all time.
Yu-Chiou Tchen (TW), Chia-Hui Lu (TW), Chieh-Hua Hsieh (TW), Li-Chuan Lin (TW), Akibo Lee (TW), Po-Yu Wang (TW), Billy Chang (TW), Li-En Hsu (TW), Jia-Hong Chen (TW), Shu-Yu Tsai (TW)
SAYION consists of three acts to describe the complexities of various generations: Search, Obsession, and Death. Lost in a maze and in pursuit amid a varicolored world, reality and fantasy shift and interweave to create a magical realm. With 720-degree VR positioning and a 3D real-time motion capture system responding to suspension equipment, dancers break free from the spatial limitations and frame of the stage. Brilliant colors captivate the audience, creating a unique sensory experience! During Japanese rule (WWII), Sayion’s (17yr old TW Austronesian girl) death was manipulated and glorified with songs, paintings and movies to promote patriotism.
Chia-Hui Lu (TW), Po-Yu Wang (TW), Billy Chiang (TW)
XR OBSESSION (Extended Reality) integrates a live element with augmented, virtual, and mixed realities to mesmerize the audience. It is a performing, conceptual, kinetic, digital, video, abstract, and performance art. It vividly traverses the history, art, and natural beauty of Taiwan through time and space. Dynamic volumetric capture fuses with 3D animation. A live performance blends with AR/VR realms and is projected on a large LED wall for all to enjoy a new exciting immersive XR experience. Is it chaos or obsession? Someone searches for her thousands of times, from the mountains and out to sea; seeing mountains that are not mountains and bodies of water that are not water.
Yu-Chiou Tchen (TW), Chia-Hui Lu (TW), Gordon Chin (TW), Nan-Chang Chien (TW), Günther Herbig (DE), Wen- Pin Chien (TW), National Symphony Orchestra (TW)
Sound of Taiwan: Today’s creations become tomorrow’s cultural assets! Diverse styles showcase Taiwanese creativity. The Sound of Taiwan concert was a world premiere of two locally made compositions: Gordon Chin’s Piano Concerto No.1 and Nan-Chang Chien’s Symphony No. 4. The two compositions were debuted with: conductors Günther Herbig and Wen-Pin Chien and performed by pianist Chia-Hui Lu along-side the NSO. The concert is a milestone achievement in the continued development of Taiwan culture.
Chia-Hui Lu (TW), Yu-Chiou Tchen (TW), Kuo-Hao Wang (TW)
Taiwan stands out from bodies of water like a hidden emerald, rich and brilliant like a diamond. Once it was called Formosa by the Portuguese (1542), meaning beautiful island. Taiwan’s natural and cultural evolution developed over a short period of time. Through Eastern, Western, and Austronesian multi-cultural influences and hardship, and through enduring extreme natural elements; Taiwanese tenacity, flexibility, courageousness, grit, and spirited enthusiasm are formed.
Egret Cultural and Educational Foundation:
Curator / At Director / Producer / Composer / Performer: Chia-Hui Lu
Executive Producer / Executive Director: Yu-Chiou Tchen
Project Manager: Stanley Leong
Project Coordinator: Allyson Chin, Shu-Hui Lai
Artists : Yu-Chiou Tchen, Chia- Hui Lu, Po-Yu Wang, Vick Wong, Akibo Lee, Jeff Hsieh
Featuring Painters: Houei-Kuen Chen, Paul Chiang,
Composers: Gordon Chin, Nan-Chang Chien, Chia-Hui Lu
Conductors: Günther Herbig, Wen-Pin Chien
Pianist: Chia-Hui Lu
Dancer: Billy Chang, Li-En Xu, Chia-Hong Chen, Shu-Yu Tsai
Eslite Performance Hall
National Symphony Orchestra
The Spring Foundation
The Paul Chiang Art and Culture Foundation
The Mr. & Ms. Yuan-Dong Sheu’s Culture and Education Memorial Foundation