Our next dance engagement of the 2015/16 season of Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center is with Taiwan’s premiere (and first) contemporary dance company, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre. Here’s some background on the company and why everyone should jump at the chance to see them here in LA…
Founded and led by the prolific choreographer Lin Hwai-min in 1973, and named after the oldest known dance in China, Cloud Gate blends Asian mythology, folklore, and aesthetics with a modern sensibility. Their style draws from such diverse movement disciplines and artistic approaches as t’ai chi, meditation, martial arts, modern dance, and classical ballet, resulting in a totally unique form of contemporary movement and story-telling.
The company tours extensively and is extremely popular in Taiwan and beyond. They’ve even had an asteroid named after them, as well as a street in Taipei… Suffice to say, they are highly regarded in the cultural landscape of China. Founder Hwai-min’s work as a choreographer has been likened to that of William Foresythe and George Balanchine. He’s been heralded as “the most important choreographer in Asia,” and has received numerous awards and honors for his innovative creativity.
This innovative style certainly comes through in Rice, the piece they will present during their 3 performance run here at The Music Center. Rice was inspired by the landscape and story of Chihshang in the East Rift Valley of Taiwan, a farming village that was tainted by the use of chemical fertilizer, but which has now regained its title as the “Land of Emperor Rice” by adapting organic farming methods. The piece is rooted in the fragility and importance of rice, a staple in the Asian landscape and culture.
This January marks the first time Cloud Gate Dance Theatre will be at The Music Center, and we can hardly wait to welcome this renowned company to our Dorothy Chandler stage. It’s an honor and a production you don’t want to miss! More information and tickets are on sale now.