Giddens Ko is selected as one of "Ten Outstanding Young People of Taiwan"
Ko and Cloud Gate 2 choreographer Bulareyaung Pagarlava were the two honorees chosen in the arts and culture category.
by Xi Ao
Date Published: 10/11/2012
Giddens Ko and You Are the Apple of My Eye actress Michelle Chen at the New York Asian Film Festival. Photo by Kevin Koo/AsianinNY.com
Novelist/director Giddens Ko and choreographer Bulareyaung Pagarlava were honorees at the 50th Ten Outstanding Young People of Taiwan awards, announced by The Junior Chamber International Taiwan (JCI Taiwan) on October 9. The "Ten Outstanding Young People" awards take place in numerous locations including the US, Philippines, and Hong Kong, and they highlight people under 40 who have made significant achievements in their fields. An award ceremony is scheduled to be held at the New Taipei City hall on October 16.
Ko, a best-selling author who has written over 60 novels, directed a successful adaptation of his own semi-autobiographical novel titled You Are the Apple of My Eye, which won the Best Film of Taiwan and China award last year. It describes his own adolescent love story, when he and his friends all had a crush on the same girl.
Pagarlava was the resident choreographer of Cloud 2 from 2004-6, and he's choreographed for the Baryshnikov Arts Center, the American Dance Festival, Martha Graham Dance Company, and the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan.