Grants Awarded2007 | Dance | Indonesia
to conduct a choreography workshop in Solo, Indonesia2006 | Arts, General | United States
JDR 3rd Award recipient for his significant contribution to the international understanding, practice, or study of the visual or performing arts of Asia1990 | Dance | United States
For participation in a project undertaken by Dance/USA1978 | Dance | United States
to study dance and dance notation, and survey contemporary dance activities in new york, and to serve as a visiting artist in the American Dance Festival held at Duke University, June and July 1978.
The sister company of internationally celebrated Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, Cloud Gate 2, performs in the UK for the first time with a triple bill in the Sadler’s Wells main house from Monday 21st – Wednesday 23rd November. The company presents the country’s most talented emerging dancers and choreographers. With their dance, they aim to break down cultural barriers and reach more audiences around the world.
Lin Hwai-Min, director of Cloud Gate, created Songs of Wanderers back in 1994, basing it on ideas of religious practices across Asia, particularly the idea of pilgrimage in search of enlightenment. It is regarded as a signature work for the company which encapsulates many of their particular skills and qualities – the dancers train in meditation and martial arts as well as dance. The work uses a cast of over twenty though Lin Hwai-Min seldom deploys all his forces at once, preferring a more concentrated effect. It’s an ensemble piece with few solos and all the cast have great focus and control. The women look particularly powerful and strong, never passive.
The much-anticipated Singapore debut of Cloud Gate 2, featuring many of Taiwan’s most talented young dancers and two award-winning choreographers.
Reputed for their potent technique and polished skill, the sister company of the internationally celebrated Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, presents three riveting dance works by innovative Taiwanese choreographers Cheng Tsung-lung and Huang Yi.
In the 16th century, gazing out from the decks of ships off the coast of Southern China, Portuguese sailors saw it: a great green mass, thick with mountains and trees, rising from the sea. “Formosa!” they exclaimed—“beautiful!”—anointing the verdant place that would come to be known as Taiwan.
Lin Hwai-min and his Cloud Gate Dance Theater of Taiwan take that appraisal as inspiration for their own work of abstract beauty born from land and lore.
Using gesture, script, song and other elements from the island as raw material, Lin and dancers create a lustrous, transfigured sphere in which only the universal remains— a playground of love and life, mediated by tragedy, hope, and rebirth.