Formosa Aboriginal Song and Dance Troupe
The Formosa Aboriginal Song and Dance Troupe was founded in 1991 and is about to enter its 30th year. It has always been the mission and wish of the members of the Troupe to return to the original hometown to find the purest indigenous sound and to bring the sound and the sentiment of the tribe to more people. The Troupe started in Karoko, Kaohsiung, grew and matured in Taipei, and took root in Hualien. It is not only a road we walked under with intertwined sweat and tears, but also a microcosm of how urban aboriginals retrieve roots.
From the basic learning of the aboriginal mother culture in the early days, the anthropological fieldwork, to the dialectic and discussion of tribal issues, the Troupe’s singing and dancing have never been just for fun, but also for the transformation and presentation of the tribal life on the stage. In addition to the joys and sorrows in life, dancers of the Troupe are supported and motivated by tribal memories and expectations. It is this kind of realism and closeness that makes the Troupe unique among many art groups.
"We believe that as long as the tribe’s bonfire is not extinguished, the Troupe will continue to exist and thrive on the road of cultural inheritance. We fill the sky with aboriginal songs and measure the earth withe aboriginal dances. We are the walkers walking through the mountains and rivers." ─ Formosa Aboriginal Song and Dance Troupe