The Dance Center Columbia College Chicago

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan

Songs of the Wanderers

MARCH 14, 2014 | 7:30PM      

MARCH 16, 2014 | 3:00PM      

presented at The Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago

"A work of wild eroticism, contemplative mystery and ecstatic beauty.” — Chicago Sun-Times

"Visually stunning and exquisitely performed; the audience jumped up to offer a cheering ovation." — The New York Times

A signature work of Taiwan’s leading contemporary dance company, Songs of the Wanderers is a visually stunning paean to spiritual pilgrimage, inspired by Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha. Artistic Director Lin Hwai-min transforms ancient rites into mesmerizing dance theatre in this masterpiece of imagination and timeless inner tranquility. Startlingly beautiful images are created through a blend of Eastern and Western dance styles, performed with absolute focus and control by the Cloud Gate dancers to a score of soulful Georgian folk songs. The epic work is brought to life on a set created from an astonishing three and a half tons of shimmering golden grains of rice that shower down on the stage throughout the performance.


Lin Hwai-min in Conversation

  Go behind the scenes with Artistic Director Lin Hwai-min in a series of conversations.

Go behind the scenes with Artistic Director Lin Hwai-min in a series of conversations - view excerpts of conversations with Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan artistic director Lin Hwai-min and three Chicago artists: Josephine Lee, president and artistic director of the Chicago Children’s Choir; musician and filmmaker Tatsu Aoki; and Tony Hu, chef and president of Tony Gourmet Group.

from Songs of the Wanderers

excerpts from the work

“Cloud Gate has made five tours to Chicago, three of which were presented by The Dance Center. In 2006, Wild Cursive, a work co-commissioned by The Dance Center, made its North American premiere in Chicago. While at The Dance Center we have taught high school dance students, inner City youth and elder adults of multiple races. Among many cities we have visited around the world, Chicago is remembered as one of many friends. We look forward to collaborating with The Dance Center next spring on Songs of the Wanderers.”
- Lin Hwai-min


DanceMakers Session with Artistic Director Lin Hwai-min

Monday, March 10, 2014 | 6:30PM – 8:30PM

The Old Town School of Folk Music, 4545 N Lincoln Ave, Szold Hall


Post-Performance Conversation with Lin Hwai-min

Sunday, March 16, 2014

immediately following the performance at The Auditorium Theatre


Photo Images

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Sponsors / Partners


Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan’s performances of Songs of the Wanderers are a co-presentation of The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University and The Joffrey Ballet, with underwriting support from the Alphawood Foundation.

Additional funding provided by the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation.



Songs of the Wanderers, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, photo by YU Hui-hung