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Dance Theatre of Taiwan
Lunar Halo
Cheng Tsung-lung
Show
2024/2025

Lunar attraction

Back in Montreal, much to our delight, Asia’s leading contemporary dance company takes us on a dizzying sensory journey inspired by a mysterious lunar phenomenon.

Cheng Tsung-lung, artistic director of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan since 2020, observed a sparkling ring around the moon in the sky over Iceland. Caused by ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere, the illusion is said to predict an impending storm and, on a deeper level, to portend a time of change. That is the premise of Lunar Halo, the result of a perfect symbiosis with the hauntingly ethereal music of the legendary Icelandic band Sigur Rós and a pretext for exploring the points of tension in an uncertain world, especially our cyber-dependence. How can the body and technology coexist? Interacting with huge video projections, Cloud Gate’s 13 brilliant dancers, trained in internal martial arts as well as an eclectic range of dance forms, deliver a stunning performance.

Artists

Choreographer
Cheng Tsung-lung

From street hawker selling slippers to internationally recognized choreographer, Cheng Tsung-lung succeeded Lin Hwai-min as Artistic Director of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan starting in 2020.

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Company

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan 

Cloud Gate is the name of the oldest known dance in China. In 1973, choreographer LIN Hwai-min adopted this classical name and founded the first contemporary dance company in the greater Chinese-speaking community. In 2020, CHENG Tsung-lung succeeded LIN as the company’s Artistic Director. In 2023, Cloud Gate ushers in its 50th anniversary.

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Credits

Lunar Halo

Choreography CHENG Tsung-lung.

Music Sigur Rós.

Music Direction Kjartan Holm.

Visual Design and Direction Jam WU.

Lighting Design SHEN Po-hung.

Video Design Ethan WANG.

Costume Design CHEN Shao-yen.

Premiere April 13, 2019, National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying), Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

Commission National Performing Arts Center, Taiwan R.O.C. – , National Theater & Concert Hall, National Taichung Theater, National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying).

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