Cloud Gate – The 45th Anniversary Gala Program
Cloud Gate affirmed the glory of beauty itself. –New York Times
When you' re talking about Cloud Gate, magic s not too strong a word. –Time Out London
After leading Cloud Gate for 45 glorious years and making it one of the finest dance companies in the world, Lin Hwai-min, “one of the greats of the 20th century” (South China Morning Post), will take his final bow as artistic director of the company at the end of 2019.
The 45th Anniversary Gala Program is a retrospective of his works, featuring highlights of Cloud Gate classics that had mesmerized audiences worldwide.
Portrait of the Families
The first major theatrical work addressing and tackling Taiwan’s traumatic 1947 massacre.
An Aesthetic Declaration of Independence – Frankfurter Allegemeine Zeitung
A pinnacle of fusing Tai Chi Tao Yin and Bach' s Suite for Solo Cello.
Best Dance of 2003 – New York Times
Cursive and Pine Smoke
Two poetic renderings that celebrate the elegance of calligraphy.
Best Theater Production 2006 – voted by European Critics
Don' t miss this rare chance to see the essence of Cloud Gate’s legendary power and beauty all-in-one.
Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan
Cloud Gate is the name of the oldest known dance in China. In 1973, artistic director Lin Hwai-min adopted this classical name for the first contemporary dance company in the greater Chinese-speaking community. Through Lin Hwai-min' s choreographies, the company incorporates trainings from both East and West and transforms ancient aesthetics into a thrilling and modern celebration of motion. For 45 years, Cloud Gate has entertained and inspired generations of audiences in Taiwan and has toured extensively with frequent engagements at important international theatres and festivals. The Times raves Cloud Gate as “Asia's leading contemporary dance theatre," while the New York Times acclaims,“Out of the turbulent history of Taiwan and the artistic accidents of life time, Lin Hwai-min has created a modern-dance style and company that are unmistakably his own.”
LIN HWAI-MIN Founder / Artistic Director
Lin Hwai-min was first known to the Taiwan public as a fiction writer. He started his modern dance training at the age of 23, while working on his MFA degree at the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. He founded Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan in Taipei in 1973. A self-taught choreographer, Lin often draws from Asian cultures and aesthetics to create works with contemporary resonance. Under his direction, Cloud Gate tours extensively to international acclaims. Among the honors Lin Hwai-min has received are the Samuel H. Scripts / American Dance Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement, the John D. Rockefeller 3rd Award, the Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters from the Ministry of Culture of France, and honorary doctorates from six universities in Taiwan and Hong Kong. He was also celebrated by the Time Magazine as one of “Asia’s Heroes.”