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Taiwanese choreographer wins 2nd place in international contest

2012/06/18 16:04:11

Paris, June 17 (CNA) A dance created by a Taiwanese choreographer won second place Sunday in an international competition sponsored by Theatre de la Ville in Paris.

Wu Chien-Ying's "Dancing in Badminton" earned him 11,000 euros (US$13,969) as the second prize in a field of 300 entries from 41 different countries.

The Danse Elargie competition, now in its second year, allows free expression among dancers of all ages and in all disciplines.

The only rules of the competition are that each group must be made up of at least three performers and the dance should be at least 10 minutes long.

Wu's piece was based on the concept of a badminton game, with two mixed pairs dancing the parts.

The whole audience appeared enraptured with the performance and got to see badminton in a new light.

Wu, 29, said he plans to record the piece and publish it for the general public.

Wu studied at National Taiwan University of Arts and at Ecole Nationale Superieure de Beaux-arts, Paris and is now based in the French capital.

Meanwhile, another Taiwanese entry made it into the final 10 in the competition but did not place in the top three.

Nonetheless, Chang Chien-hao, 27, said he was elated to be able to present his piece "The Next Three" at the world-renowned Theatre de Ville in Paris.

(By Luo Yuan-shao and I-Ling Chen)
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