In a sold-out two hour event, Oakland Community College celebrated Taiwanese American Heritage Week, part of Asian Heritage Month. The internationally-acclaimed Taiwanese group Formosa Circus Art (FOCA) put on a special one-night-only performance for over 420 community members and international guests at OCC’s Orchard Ridge Smith Theatre on May 4. This was the group’s only stop in Michigan.
Spectators watched as Taiwanese-based performers executed acrobatics, stunts, street dance, juggling, drumming and martial arts across the stage.
“The Republic of China – Taiwan (ROC) Overseas Community Affairs Council chooses one group to send to North America each year for a 14-show tour traversing from Detroit to Vancouver to Hawaii. This is OCC’s second time hosting for the Detroit-area – this year we were delighted they sent a circus arts group where the average age of performers was only 23 years old. It was really amazing,” says Bee Chen, Oakland Community College hostess.
“The program was a fusion of Taiwanese acrobatics and creative performance with Western elements, together with Hakka and Taiwanese aboriginal music and dance which presented a mixture of Taiwanese cultures, both modern and traditional,” said Crystal Sanford-Brown, interim Student LIFE coordinator.
For more information visit the Formosa Circus Art site.