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"Formosa," performed by Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan. Photo: LIU Chen-hsiang.

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan

Concept/Choreography, Lin Hwai-min

March 2 and 3, 2018 • 7:30 p.m.
at the Harris Theater,
205 E. Randolph Drive  

“When you're talking about Cloud Gate, magic is not too strong a word.” -- Time Out

In the 16th century, gazing out from the decks of ships off the coast of 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. In this new work, choreographer Lin Hwai-min and his Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan take that appraisal as inspiration for their own work of abstract beauty born from land and lore.

Recorded music by award-winning indigenous singer Sangpuy serves as the soundtrack as the dancers mingle in intimations of community, making tribal ritual and urban bustle seem as one. Using gesture, script, song, and other elements from the island as raw material, Lin and dancers create a lustrous, transfigured sphere—a playground of love and life, mediated by tragedy, hope, and rebirth.

Additional Events

FREE Masterclass with Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan artist Ms. KO Wan-chun
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 | 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 
Joffrey Tower | 10 E. Randolph St., Chicago
Note: You must reserve a spot to participate.

Pre-Performance Talk:  Mr. Lin and Ashley Wheater, Artistic Director of The Joffrey Ballet
Friday, March 2 at 6:30 p.m.
Harris Theater Donor Room

Pre-Performance Talk: Mr. Lin & Bonnie Brooks, Third Way Projects
Saturday, March 3 at 6:30 p.m.
Harris Theater Donor Room 




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Alphawood Foundation Chicago.

The Dance Center presentation of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan is supported by Alphawood Foundation Chicago.


This tour is made possible by grants from the Ministry of Culture, Republic of China (Taiwan) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan).

National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying), Taiwan, R.O.C. Performing Arts Center - National Theater and Concert Hall. Sadler's Wells.
Theatre de La Ville. Movements Festwochen der Autostadt in Wolfsburg, Germany. Carolina Performing Arts.

Co-producers: 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; Théâtre de la Ville, Paris, France; Carolina Performing Arts, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA; Movements Festwochen der Autostadt in Wolfsburg, Germany.