Creation and Re-Creation
Ever since 1993, an elaborate study has been undertaken of subjects originating from Taiwan's folk culture and bucolic locations, through the idiom of the dance to interpret and expound the rustic lore of the land. Starting from I-lan, the native harbinger of Lan Yang Dancers, it was hoped that through the maturation of the dance as an art, that the native sons of our locality would comprehend in depth the cultural beauty of their indigenous environment, thus giving rebirth to the traditional dance. In 1999,the Lan Yang Dancers presented a whole new Taiwanese Ballet named “Princess Kavalan”.
Apart from the development of the traditional dance, Lan Yang has also devoted time and attention to the evolution of the traditional ballet, and ever since 1992, collaboration has been launched with the Hungarian National Ballet Academy, thus the gateway has been opened for the entry of instruction in the traditional art of the ballet, and as of now using as one of its bases, the traditional Russian ballet, and from the far away renowned Russian Ballet Dance School, Vaganova , well-known teachers of the ballet from this school have been invited to come to Taiwan to teach, accompanied by a pianist accompanist. Good teachers from Lan Yang have also been appointed to go to this school for advanced practice. It is hoped that in the future the ballet dancers of Lan Yang will be able to display their art on the stages of the world, and to foster and encourage a teaching staff in Taiwan which can fully match the exacting standards of world competition.
Multinational Collaboration and Competition
In 1991, by a lucky coincidence, the Lan Yang joined the C.I.O.F.F., (or the Association for International Folk Arts Festival-which belongs to the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization, and this association was set up especially to protect the world's popular arts and crafts. On an average, every year it helps to organize approximately two hundred activities commemorating the folk. arts festivals. Thereafter, in her capacity as representative of Taiwan, and after untiring efforts and hard lobbying, in 1994, Taiwan was finally was enabled to join this organization officially as a formal member country. It began to promote in every corner of Taiwan the continued development and expansion of her arts and crafts. For example the International Children's Toys Arts Festival, Nan Ying Arts Festival, Miao Li Festival of Masks, the Keelung Ghost Festival, the fifteenth of the seventh lunar month, etc, etc. And each year more than ten troupes are despatched to the local arts festivals of every country. Amongst Taiwan's activities during these arts festivals, Lan Yang is responsible for inviting the teams of foreign countries to come and participate, and so teachers behind the children's toys department, have as their prime goal, the task of assisting small children to exchange ideas and interests through the medium of toys, and to give the children more time to understand them, to enhance the peace and harmony of a family atmosphere, so that life is more mutually beneficial. It promotes aesthetic education so that Taiwan can acquire a perspective which is worldwide in scope, and the children can also acquire a sense of cosmopolitan brotherhood.