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    Posted January 22, 2014 by
    Miaoli, Taiwan

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    Dapu Dance


    Dancers dressed in black stood upon Gongyi Road, Miaoli County, adjacent to the original site of Zhang Pharmacy. A solitary dancer first inspected the only remaining wall of the pharmacy, before walking towards the intersection of Gongyi Road and Renai Road, where a line of other dancers awaited. The is Xiao Zi-han Dance Troup’s (蕭紫菡舞蹈劇場) piece titled ‘Land Plan’, a performance provoked by the Dapu land expropriation case. People followed the dancers to the area around the Zhu family residence (one of the four families affected by the case) and the vacant plot of the family of Huang Fu-ji (黃福記). Together, everyone stood in solidarity against the government’s forced land expropriation.


    Xiao Zi-han Dance Troup’s ‘Land Plan’, was formerly performed in Taipei’s Huaguang Community. Composer of the piece, Xiao Zi-han, said that all of the dancers, including herself, were first and foremost citizens, then dancers. Before the performance, dancers spent some time learning about the land from locals and listening to the heartfelt voices of the local farmers and residents, who in the process of merely trying to protect their homeland and safeguard their simple lives, felt the full weight of the government’s iron fist.


    Zhang Yuan-hao (張元豪), son of the now deceased Zhang Pharmacy owner, Zhang Sen-wen (張森文) as well as his wife Peng Hsiu-chun(彭秀春), all attended the performance. A few days previous, after Taichung High Administrative Court ruled against the Ministry of the Interior, Peng Hsiu-chun, the wife of Chang Sen-wen, requested that a 20 square meter house be build on the now vacant site. Xiao Zi-han said that the Dapu expropriation case had yet to be fully resolved, and the public should stay focused on the situation.

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