Singing Chen / Taiwan / 2015 / 123 min
Sun 8 May, 16.00
Dutch premiere. With an introduction by Martine Dekker, director of Cinedans.
Filmed for over 10 years, this epic documentary presents the story of renowned Taiwanese choreographer Lin Lee-Chen and her Legend Lin Dance Theatre.
The film explores the origins of her dance, contemplates the poetic and ritualistic movements she creates and focuses on the choreographer’s lifetime pursuit of a truly unique aesthetic language. Hailed as “a genius choreographer in Taiwan’s dance scene,” and named among the eight most significant choreographers in the world by ARTE, Lin Lee-Chen founded the Legend Lin Dance Theatre in 1995.
Meditative and majestically elegant, the group’s unique approach has made it a favorite at major international dance festivals. Often described as mythical, primitive and ethereal, Lin’s choreography is deeply rooted to the earth, a contrast to the upward movements of Western dance.
THE WALKERS follows the creative process of Lin’s iconic new piece, Mirrors of Life. Nine years in the making, the piece will close Lin’ trilogy dedicated to Heaven, Earth and Man.`
Audience Choice Award - Taiwan International Documentary Festival 2015
Special Jury Prize Winner - Women Make Waves Film Festival 2015
About the director
An acclaimed Taiwanese director, Singing Chen has quickly gained a remarkable reputation for her films focused on art and culture. In 2007, her film God, Man, Dog was selected in The Forum section at the Berlin International Film Festival and was chosen as Best Film by the Der Tagesspiegel.
Chen about The Walkers:
“This documentary is not merely about the aesthetics of dance; it is more about the philosophical contemplation on life. In short, it is not so much a film as a gift. I want to share with the audience how deeply moved I’ve been for the past ten years.”
“Unhurried and poetic… Compelling. Just like Lin’s choreography.”
– Critical Dance Reviews
“Movingly elegant and warm.”
– Taiwan Today