"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.
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.
excerpts from the work
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The Old Town School of Folk Music, 4545 N Lincoln Ave, Szold Hall
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immediately following the performance at The Auditorium Theatre
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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