Honouring Lin Hwai-min with a Lifetime Achievement Award, the jury of the International Movimentos Dance Prize, Germany, calls Lin “a foremost innovator of dance” and that “Lin Hwai-min ranks amongst artists of the century such as William Forsythe, George Balanchine, Birgit Cullberg….”
A writer-turned choreographer, Lin founded Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan in 1973, and Cloud Gate 2 in 1999.
Heralded as “the most important choreographer in Asia,” Lin often draws his inspiration from traditional Asian culture and aesthetics to create original works with contemporary resonance, which have made Dance Europe acclaim: “No company in the world dances like Cloud Gate. It presents a distinct and mature Chinese choreographic language. The importance of this evolution in Asian dance is no less profound than the impact of Forsythe’s Ballet Frankfurt on European classical ballet.”
Among the honours Lin Hwai-min has received are honorary doctorates from five universities in Taiwan and Hong Kong, the Taiwan National Award for Arts, the Ramon Magsaysay Award, the John D. Rockefeller 3rd Award, the award for 'Best Choreographer' at the Lyon Biennial Festival and the 'Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters' from the French Ministry of Culture. In 2005, he was celebrated by Time Magazine as one of the “Asia’s Heroes.”
Invited by the "Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative,” Lin Hwai-min is the mentor of dance in the year of 2012/2013.