Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan Performs at U. of Michigan

Dates/Times:
Friday, October 21 at 8 pm
Saturday, October 22 at 8 pm
Location: Power Center, University of Michigan
Address: 121 Fletcher Street, Ann Arbor, MI
Website: http://www.ums.org/s_current_season/artist.asp?pageid=662

The virtuosity of the dancers from the Taiwanese company Cloud Gate has caused critics to rave that they “possess a control and articulation that verge on the superhuman.” (Chicago Sun-Times) Trained in tai chi, meditation, Chinese opera movement, modern dance, and ballet, the company performs a rich repertoire with roots in Asian myths, folklore, and aesthetics, all infused with a contemporary perspective. For this long-awaited performance, Cloud Gate presents Lin Hwai-min’s newest work, Water Stains on the Wall. The white set looks like a blank piece of rice paper traditionally used by Chinese calligraphers and painters, onto which images of drifting clouds in different degrees of blackness are projected, with dancers grounded on a tilted floor yet appearing to float. Like flowing ink, the dancers create exquisite spaces that are constantly shifting, reminding one of Chinese classical landscape painting. Luxuriating in the sheer joy of movement, these remarkably fluid performers make stillness every bit as breathtaking as action. “Water stains on the wall” is a popular metaphor that represents the highest state in the aesthetics of Chinese calligraphy. Extending this metaphor, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre creates an abstract work of beauty and magic that stands sublimely on its own.

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