The Elephant Dancer

by HUANG Ting-Fu

Everyone has childhood memories of a zoo. The 1950s were a paradise with monkeys riding bicycles and lions jumping through rings of fire. Animals of today are placed in an artificial, “virtual” natural environment, and are subjugated as “humanised” animals. They lose their natural habits and become physically and mentally warped. As we see elephants dancing, does this signify happiness, anxiety, or a bottomless pit?


Running Time: 22 mins
Year of Completion: 2018
Director: HUANG Ting-Fu



HUANG Ting-Fu (1961) studied television production and worked as an archivist. Since 1985 he’s been a passionate documentarist; he shot his first film with an 8mm camera. He’s interested in questions of human emotions and types of behavior in various habitats.