Cloud Gate Dance TheatreTaiwan
Grants Awarded2016 | Dance | United States
to support the participation of members of Cloud Gate 2 in the 2016 Fall for Dance Festival at New York City Center in October 20162008 | Dance | Taiwan
for Indonesian dancer Danang Pamungkas to apprentice with Cloud Gate Dance Theatre2000 | Dance | United States
For participation in a project undertaken by Brooklyn Academy of Music1995 | Dance | United States
For participation in a project undertaken by Brooklyn Academy of Music
On the occasion of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan’s 40th anniversary, internationally renowned choreographer Lin Hwai-min created RICE, inspired by the energy and resplendence of Chihshang in the East Rift Valley of Taiwan, home of “Emperor’s Rice.” Accompanied by Hakka folk songs and operatic arias, against a video backdrop spanning the life cycle of a rice paddy, the formidable Cloud Gate dancers celebrate the earth that has nurtured “Asia’s leading contemporary dance theatre.”
In celebration of his company's 40th anniversary in 2013, Lin created Rice to honor the land that has nurtured "Asia's leading contemporary dance theatre" (The Times, London). It was inspired by the energy and resplendence of Chihshang in the East Rift Valley of Taiwan, home of "Emperor's Rice." The piece is set to the music of Hakka folk songs, the oldest among the existing Chinese dialects; operatic arias; and sounds from the fields against a video backdrop that depicts the life cycle of rice.
Grantee: Cloud Gate Dance Theatre
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.
Inspired by vigorous vitality of the oldest district in Taipei — Bangka, 13 Tongues is "ultra-Taiwanese, mesmerizing, wild and awesome (PAR Magazine)" with dancers stomp and clap with rhythms, chant Taoist mantra, whirl around and move across the stage, presenting a bizarre spectrum of physical movements.
This is Cloud Gate's 22nd Annual Free Outdoor Performances with CHENG Tsung-lung's 13 Tongues performed by Cloud Gate 2.
Thirteen Tongues, a legendary figure in the 1960s from Bangka - the oldest district and once the most prosperous area in Taipei - was the nickname for the street artist lauded for his remarkable acts portraying multiple roles, imitating characters of male, female, old and young, telling stories and anecdotes of the past and present.
Formosa: the Beautiful. In the 16th century, when approaching the coast of a verdant island, the Portuguese sailors exclaimed with admiration, "Formosa,” later to be the former name of Taiwan. Inspired by the abstract beauty born from land and lore, Lin Hwai-min's new creation FORMOSA for Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan uses gesture, script and song to create a lustrous universe--a playground of love and life, mediated by tragedy, hope, and rebirth--against a backdrop projected with Chinese characters coming together and breaking down like waves to imply writing as a precarious vehicle for memories. A coproduction of National Performing Arts Center – National Theater & Concert Hall, Taiwan, R.O.C.; National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying), Taiwan, R.O.C.; Sadler's Wells, London, UK; Theatre de la Ville – Paris, France; and Carolina Performing Arts, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA; FORMOSA is already scheduled to be presented in USA, Germany, UK, France, Portugal, Russia and more in 2018 and 2019.
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.