The fabulous Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan is back! Directed by the internationally renowned choreographer Lin Hwai-min, the company offers a visually stunning ritual in movement that embraces quietude, sculptural poses and frenzy. A grand moment of grace.
There is no happiness for him who does not travel, Rohita!
Thus we have heard. Living in the society of men,
the best man becomes a sinner...
The feet of the wanderer are like the flower, his soul is
growing and reaping the fruit; and all his sins are destroyed
by his fatigues in wandering.
The fortune of him who is sitting, sits; it rises when he rises;
it sleeps when he sleeps; it moves when he moves.
A monk stands still at a downstage corner throughout the 90-minute performance, while a shimmering stream of rice grains showering from above and onto his shaved head. Golden rice grains on stage transform from a river to hills to a desert. Rice grains shower like a summer storm and waterfalls. Onto this landscape, dancers in ragged garb holding a tall staff, move slowly in a pilgrim journey...
Inspired by the wealth of religious practices found throughout Asia, and Herman Hesse’s account of Siddhartha’s quest for enlightenment, Lin Hwai-min transforms ancient rites into resonant dance theatre.
A visually stunning paean to spiritual pilgrimage, Songs of the Wanderers creates a world of intense reverence, distinctly Asian in its imagery yet with powerful relevance far beyond Asia. Spiritually evocative movements set to soulful Georgian folksongs, bring to life on a truly astonishing set with 3½ tons of shimmering golden grains of rice.
The production has been toured to more than 20 countries, acclaimed a masterpiece at festivals and theatres, including the Internationales Tanzfestival NRW directed by the late Pina Bausch, the Next Wave Festival in New York, the American Dance Festival, Paris quartier d’été, the Bergen International Festival, Lucerne Festival, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Festival Iberoamericano de teatro de Bogotá, International Festival of Contemporary Dance and Movement Theatre TANEC PRAHA in Prague, Dublin Dance Festival, the Chekhov International Theatre Festival in Moscow, the Athens Festival at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus on the Acropolis, the Lyon Biennale de la Danse, the Adelaide Festival, and major venues in London, Berlin, Rome, Copenhagen, Melbourne, São Paulo, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong.
Since 2011, Songs of the Wanderers has also been presented with the live accompaniment of the Rustavi Ensemble of Georgia around the world, including the Dresdner Musikfestspiele at the HELLERAU - European Center for the Arts Dresden, the Tanzsommer Innsbruck, the Istana Budaya Kuala Lumpur, and the Taiwan International Festival of Arts at the National Theater, Taipei.
“In all my life I have never seen an audience so enthralled, so hypnotized by the beauty and the spirituality of a performance that they remained standing for 25 minutes, in a most religious silence after the final curtain, watching a man, alone onstage, meticulously trace some twenty perfectly concentric circles in the golden sand that covered the stage.”
(Le Figaro, Paris)
Photo © LIU Chen-hsiang
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...Read more about Lin Hwai-min
“Asia’s leading contemporary dance theatre.” (The Times, London, United Kingdom)“One of the finest dance companies in the world.” (The Globe and Mail, Toronto,...Read more about Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan
Choreography Lin Hwai-min. Music Traditional Georgian songs recorded by Rustavi Choir. Lighting Design Chang Tsan-tao. Set Design Austin Wang. Costum Design Taurus Wah. Props Design Szu Chien-hua, Yang Cheng-yung. Premiere November 4, 1994 at National Theater, Taipei, Taiwan.
Prayer I WANG Rong-yu
Holy River CHEN Wei-an CHIU I-wen HOU Tang-li HSIAO Tzu-ping HUANG Mei-ya KO Wan-chun LEE Tsung-hsuan LEE Tzu-chun LIU Hui-ling SU I-ping TSAI Ming-yuan WONG Lap-cheong YANG I-chun YU Chien-hung
Prayer II HUANG Pei-hua
On the Road I CHEN Mu-han HSIAO Tzu-ping KO Wan-chun KUO Tzu-wei LEE Tzu-chun WANG Po-nien
Rite of Tree CHEN Wei-an HOU Tang-li HSIAO Tzu-ping HUANG Mei-ya KUO Tzu-wei LAI Chun-wei LEE Tsung-hsuan LIU Hui-ling WONG Lap-cheong YANG I-chun
Prayer III YU Chien-hung
On the Road II CHIU I-wen HOU Tang-li LEE Tsung-hsuan SU I-ping TSAI Ming-yuan WONG Lap-cheong
Rite of Fire HOU Tang-li HUANG Hsiao-che HUANG Lu-kai KO Wan-chun LAI Chun-wei LIU Hui-ling TSAI Ming-yuan WANG Po-nien WONG Lap-cheong YANG I-chun
Prayer IV CHEN Mu-han CHEN Tsung-chiao HUANG Hsiao-che HUANG Mei-ya HUANG Pei-hua KUO Tzu-wei LAI Chun-wei LEE Tsung-hsuan LEE Tzu-chun SU I-ping WONG Lap-cheong
Finale or the Beginning LIN Hsin-fang