presented at The Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago
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"A work of wild eroticism, contemplative mystery and ecstatic beauty.” — Chicago Sun-Times
"Visually stun ning and exquisitely performed; the audience jumped up to offer a cheering ovation." — The New York Times
A masterpiece of imagination and timeless inner tranquility, Songs of the Wanderers, a visually stunning paean to spiritual pilgrimage, is a signature work of Taiwan’s leading contemporary dance company. Inspired by Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha, asceticism and the quest for quietude, Lin Hwai-min transforms ancient rites into mesmerizing dance theatre. Set to soulful Georgian folk songs, startlingly beautiful images are created through a blend of Eastern and Western dance styles, with absolute focus and control by the performers. The set is created from an astonishing three and a half tons of shimmering golden grains of rice that shower down on the stage throughout the piece.
“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.”
The Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N Lincoln Ave
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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