Modern dance legend to stage comeback after 16 years

Taiwan Today
Date: November 27, 2015

The 71-year-old legendary dancer-cum-choreographer Liao Mo-shi is returning to

Dancer Liao Mo-shi (center), 71, will play the lead in “Blossom of Phoenix Flowers” Nov. 28 at Tainan Municipal Cultural Center after a 16-year medical hiatus. (Courtesy of Liao Mo-shi)

Dancer Liao Mo-shi (center), 71, will play the lead in “Blossom of Phoenix Flowers” Nov. 28 at Tainan Municipal Cultural Center after a 16-year medical hiatus. (Courtesy of Liao Mo-shi)

the stage in a performance Nov. 28 at Tainan Municipal Cultural Center in southern Taiwan.

Born in 1944, Liao choreographed her first dance at age 13 and created 400-plus works in genres such as ballet, modern and jazz during her 42-year career. Osteoarthritis forced her to walk away from the spotlight in 1999.

“While teaching my students over the past years, I felt like my enthusiasm for dance was ignited again,” Liao said. “The call was so strong that I decided to follow in the footsteps of my mentor Tsai Jui-yueh and Martha Graham.” Tsai was a contemporary dance trailblazer in Taiwan while Graham was a U.S. master who continued dancing until the age of 78.

Well-known for experiments that bring together elements of literature, music and fine art, Liao also incorporates local cultural aspects into her choreography.     [FULL  STORY]

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