Herewith the press release for Cloud Gate's forthcoming visit to Sadler's Wells in London:
Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan
The Final Chapter of Cursive: A Trilogy
Tuesday 19 – Friday 22 June 2007
Performances at 7.30pm
Tickets: £10 - £35
Ticket Office: 0844 412 4300 or www.sadlerswells.com
“Lin Hwai-min has succeeded brilliantly in fusing dance techniques and theatrical concepts from the East and the West.” New York Times
Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan present the UK premiere of Wild Cursive at Sadler's Wells for four performances only from Tuesday 19 – Friday 22 June 2007. Wild Cursive is the third and final part of the acclaimed Cursive: A Trilogy, and the result of the company’s long exploration into the ancient practice of movement and spirituality.
Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan is renowned for its spellbinding and spiritual performances. According to legend, Cloud Gate is the name of the oldest known ritual dance in China, created over 5,000 years ago. In 1973, Choreographer and Founder Lin Hwai-min adopted this classical name to found Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, who are the first contemporary dance company from any Chinese speaking community. The 24-strong group’s rich repertoire has its roots in Asian myths and folklore but they perform with a contemporary perspective, touring international festivals across the Globe.
Under the direction of Lin Hwai-min, the company has focused upon traditional Chinese body disciplines. Throughout Cursive: A Trilogy, the company has drawn on the essence and aesthetics of the ancient art of Chinese calligraphy, with the dancers embodying the flow of energy embedded in the strokes of the brush and the shades of the ink. As the concluding piece, Wild Cursive explores the idea of spontaneity and ‘wild calligraphy’. Using paper as the only set, the stage is covered in streams of white rice paper that cascade to the floor, before black ink seeps hypnotically from above. Exquisite lighting designed by Chang Tsan-Tao illuminates the transparency of the rice paper and enhances the strength of the flowing black images. Manipulating and dancing between the layers of paper that grow ever darker, the Cloud Gate company display their trademark strength, fluidity, control and mesmerising movement.
Lin Hwai-min has developed a dance style for the company that integrates meditation, Tai Chi Tao Yin (an ancient form of Chi Kung), martial arts and Chinese opera movement with modern dance and ballet. His choreography was last seen at Sadler's Wells within parts of Sylvie Guillem and Akram Khan's sublime collaboration Sacred Monsters which premiered at the theatre in 2006 and returned earlier this year.
For a past review of the work from its world premiere season in Taipei in 2005 go to http://www.ballet-dance.com/200512/articles/CloudGate20051121.html
. Note that the work was previously known as "Cursive III".
There will be a feature on Lin Hwai-min and the making of Wild Cursive in June's issue of Dancing Times.