This summer Edinburgh will welcome 11 splendid performing art groups from Taiwan. These groups will showcase their performances in the renowned Edinburgh International Festival (EIF), Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Starting from 19th July Taiwanese band Sizhukong will blend jazz idioms with traditional Taiwanese/Chinese folk music into an exotic mix of striking melodies and shifting tempos. The International Theater Ensemble will bring a poetic theatrical expression of Nikolai Gogol’s classic, Overcoat, into the era of Internet Technology, a multimedia cross-border performance. A production of East, A Woman Shifting on Time Axis, which was a sell-out in Avignon 2012 will be delivered by Water Reflection Dance Ensemble. Cheng-Lung Lin will take/perform a piece of leaf and flute out of Taiwanese ballads, folk songs and famous world music. The Elite Artists Trio will perform contemporary works and the piano trio classics from Taiwanese composers.

The Taiwan Pavilion will present its highlight performance on the return of Contemporary Legend Theatre’s Wu Hsing-kuo in EIF featuring a mesmerising deconstruction of Franz Kafka’s seminal novella, Metamorphosis. Wu’s daughter, the solo dancer of Tai Gu Tales Dance Theatre, will decipher the Meta of Mother Earth as we step into the centre of the universe. A process of self-transformation will be demonstrated by Body Expression Dance Theatre. Fun Theatre Company will present Taiwanese food, clothing, living style, transportation, education, languages, and aspects of leisure in a creative way. Taiwanese Folk Songs will be interpreted by The Baroque Camerata, a group of professional musicians from the south part of Taiwan. The Taiwan Pavilion program will close with the return of the Fringe 2009’s four-star concert performance by Musitonik Ensemble which is devoted to exploring musical genres and building their contemporary dialogues by the use of sitar (Indian pluckedstring) and er-hu (Chinese fiddle).

Details and Youtube clips of each performing group can be explored at the official website and the Facebook fan page: