This ebullient new film performance by Tjimur Dance Theatre, Taiwan’s first professional company dedicated to the culture of the Paiwan people, brims with love and laughter. The title is a multi-purpose colloquial interjection that can translate as ‘Get over yourself!’ There’s certainly nothing pretentious about choreographer Baru Madiljin’s engaging work, which was shot in a blend of street, studio and stage locations. The focus is on the shifting dynamic among four performers whose warm and sometimes bittersweet interactions encompass many moods and moments. Emotive yet essentially light-hearted and domestic, Tjimur’s film puts a lively and universally contemporary spin on indigenous tribal customs.

‘Choreographed by Baru Madiljin of the Tjimur Dance company, it is sizzling with energy, wit and originality, both hilarious and poignant. This is a must-see show filmed in village settings, on stage dance and studio comic inserts.’
‘Sizzling with energy, wit and originality, both hilarious and poignant...a must-see show.’
by Stephanie Green - Broadway Baby ★★★★★

‘The always inventive choreography is superbly performed.’
‘As it continues, Madiljin peels away the layers as he reveals that want people really want is love.’
by David Meed - SeeingDance

‘The dance expresses poignancy when you would least expect it and the cutting between studio and location creates an unexpected dynamism and there are some beautiful vignettes here.’
‘There is a depth and richness to this piece and a novel and entertaining approach to putting this in an online format.’
by Garry Platt - EdinburghGuide.com ★★★★

‘With a rapid, but not rushed, pacing, ai~ sa sa brings its audience on a colourful journey through the mercurial moods and shifting relationships of the characters on screen, deftly portraying themes of impermanence, changeability, and equilibrium.’ by Saoirse Anton - Sitting on The Fourth Wall

‘Using a blend of street, studio and stage locations, the piece has a colourful vibrancy that is quite beguiling.’ by Kelly Apter - The Scotsman ★★★

‘This was a colourful, vibrant and quirky exploration of love using apples as a metaphor. The quartet work in unison together and keep the performance upbeat.’ by Nia Powell - A Younger Theatre

Tjimur Dance Theatre

Tjimur Dance Theatre is the first dance company in Taiwan dedicated to contemporary Paiwan cultural aesthetics and was founded in 2006 by the head of the company and artistic director, Ljuzem Madiljin, with Baru Madiljin as the dance director and choreographer. Based on the root of the Tjimur Tribe of the Paiwan, Tjimur Dance Theatre members are committed to retaining the traditional cultural foundation while seeking out the essence of the Paiwan culture, where songs are infused to dance and dance inspires music to showcase the most distinctive of contemporary dance companies in Taiwan.

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Performance Info

Title

Taiwan Season: ai~ sa sa

Genre

Contemporary, Dance

Time

Aug. 6th (FRI) - 29th (SUN) Watch on Demand

Venue

Summerhall Online

Duration

30min

Price

£8.00

Notice

Suggested for ages 12+

Artistic and Creative Team

The Founder & the Artistic Director

Ljuzem Madiljin

The Choreographer

Baru Madiljin

Performers

Ching-Hao Yang, Ljaucu Tapurakac, Tzu-En Meng, Sheng-Hsiang Chiang

Technical Director

Yi-Shun Li

Company Manager

Shu-Ting Chiu

International Art Administrator

Jia-Yi Ke

Video Producer Team

Ho Shun King Art Studio

Watch Party

Hosted by Summerhall’s programming team via Zoom, this post-show discussion offers you the chance to find out more about the production, hear from the artists about the ideas behind the show, and ask your own questions. Free event. RSVP required in advance.

Time

Aug. 12th (THU) 14:00 - 14:45

Venue

Summerhall Online

Meet the Artists

Taiwan Season: ai~ sa sa & Taiwan Season: The Back of Beyond

Review

Broadway Baby ★★★★★

‘Choreographed by Baru Madiljin of the Tjimur Dance company, it is sizzling with energy, wit and originality, both hilarious and poignant. This is a must-see show filmed in village settings, on stage dance and studio comic inserts.’
‘Sizzling with energy, wit and originality, both hilarious and poignant...a must-see show.’
‘Edinburgh festival-goers will remember the Tjimur Dance’s 5 starred Varhung-Heart to Heart in 2018. The company from south Taiwan is dedicated to reflecting indigenous Taiwan culture and in this performance how not only contemporary urban culture, phrases like ai~sa sa, are entering mountainous tribal communities but also how traditional gender roles and mores are changing, in this case a tomboy girl, and a gay man.’ by Stephanie Green
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SeeingDance

‘The always inventive choreography is superbly performed.’
‘As it continues, Madiljin peels away the layers as he reveals that want people really want is love.’ by David Meed
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EdinburghGuide.com ★★★★

‘The dance expresses poignancy when you would least expect it and the cutting between studio and location creates an unexpected dynamism and there are some beautiful vignettes here.’
‘There is a depth and richness to this piece and a novel and entertaining approach to putting this in an online format.’ by Garry Platt
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Sitting on The Fourth Wall

‘With a rapid, but not rushed, pacing, ai~ sa sa brings its audience on a colourful journey through the mercurial moods and shifting relationships of the characters on screen, deftly portraying themes of impermanence, changeability, and equilibrium.’ by Saoirse Anton
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The Scotsman ★★★

‘Using a blend of street, studio and stage locations, the piece has a colourful vibrancy that is quite beguiling.’ by Kelly Apter
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A Younger Theatre

‘This was a colourful, vibrant and quirky exploration of love using apples as a metaphor. The quartet work in unison together and keep the performance upbeat.’ by Nia Powell
Read more...