Tua-Tiu-Tiann International Festival of Arts Residency Dance Workshop

For the dance workshop, Thinkers' Studio invited resident artists at Dadaocheng to teach Southeast Asian participants about their own body languages and roles through voguing as well as explore the relationship between our bodies and role-playing through gender roles from the perspectives of community and participation.

In recent years, Thinkers' Studio has been spotlighting SEA communities in Taiwan such as the links between new immigrants, international students, and migrant workers, etc. The Studio attempts to increase participation in art events and explore more possibilities of connections through offering more art events. Thai artist–Phitthaya Phaefuang (aka SUN) –was invited to the Tua-Tiu-Tiann International Festival of Arts as an artist-in-residence to host vogue workshops for Southeast Asian residents and students in Taiwan. There were 11 participants of diverse nationalities such as Thai, Indonesian, Filipino, and Laos at the workshop. They explored body languages and gender roles unique to their national culture and ethnicity as well as their relationship with society. Sun also taught them basic voguing movements, allowing them to share their own life experiences and understand that any gender and ethnicity could be equally charming.

Thinkers' Studio

Since 2013, the Dadaocheng-based Thinker's Studio began exploring the possibilities for interdisciplinary and cross-platform crossovers in the hopes of garnering creative inspiration and artworks to become an exchange platform for folk artists and an integral actor in matching artists.

Phitthaya Phaefuang (Sun)

Besides being trained in modern dance, Jazz, and ballet, Sun started to learn vogue after returning to Thailand permanently and has since assumed an active role in advocating ball culture in Thailand. In recent years, he tries to use gender performance as a contrast to go against a lot of the social norms and conservatism ideas.

Tua-Tiu-Tiann International Festival of Arts

First held in 2015, the Tua-Tiu-Tiann International Festival of Arts is a grassroots art festival launched by the people with various local cultural institutes deeply rooted in Dadaocheng. Each October, a series of art exhibits and events are hosted across Dadaocheng, connecting the local area through innovative and experimental performances, thereby allowing art to interact within the alleys, houses, and spaces of Dadaocheng.