Cloud Gate Dance Theatre
- Chinese Name: 雲門舞集
- Year of Establishment: 1973
- Founder and Choreographer: Lin Hwai-min (林懷民)
- Website: www.cloudgate.org.tw
- Behind the Name: As the first contemporary dance company in the Chinese-speaking community, “Cloud Gate” was named after the oldest known dance performed in imperial China during the reign of the Yellow Emperor.
- “Songs of the Wanderers” (1994) - This production, narrating a man’s quest for enlightenment during the time of Buddha, was adapted from the novel “Siddhartha” by German-Swiss poet Hermann Hesse.
- “Moon Water” (1998) - This production, which utilizes water on stage at the end of the show, was inspired by a Buddhist proverb, “Flowers in a mirror and moon on the water are both illusions.”
- “Water Stains on the Wall” (2010) - This production was inspired by founder Lin Hwai-min’s great love of Chinese landscape paintings and the Tamsui River, which Lin can see from his home in the Bali District of New Taipei City.
About the Founder, Lin Hwai-min
Moving between genres and eras when he reads, the patriarch of the Cloud Gate family takes what he experiences as a reader, and uses it to create masterpieces on the stage … (read more)
Located between a 19th century fort and a 96-year-old golf course overlooking the Tamsui River, the Cloud Gate Theatre complex boasts a 450-seat theater, two studios, offices, and an outdoor theater with a capacity of 1,500 people.
“As always, Lin's choreography fuses the inward serenity of eastern movement with the dynamic shapes and lines of western dance.” — J.M., The Guardian