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Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan in Formosa.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan – Formosa – London

★★★★✰   Formosa means beautiful, and is how Portuguese sailors described the island of Taiwan when they reached it in the sixteenth century. It is the title of the latest work by Lin Hwai-Min, his final creation before retiring as Artistic Director of the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre…

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan in Formosa.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

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Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan in Rite of Tree, part of Songs of the Wanderers.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan – Songs of the Wanderers – London

★★★★✰   The entire work is a kind of meditation, a slow ritual or pilgrimage for its cast across mounds of rice that could be mountains or rivers.

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan in Rite of Tree, part of Songs of the Wanderers.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

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Sylvie Guillem and Akram Khan in Sacred Monsters.© Tristram Kenton. (Click image for larger version)

Sylvie Guillem and Akram Khan – Sacred Monsters – London

Half the pleasure of watching Sacred Monsters on this, its final tour, is of course enjoying the penultimate opportunity to watch the ultimate ballerina of our age take the stage.

Huang Pei-hua and Tsai Ming-yuan in Pollen II from Rice.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

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Chen Wei-an (The God of the Clouds) in Nine Songs.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan – Nine Songs – London

Cloud Gate’s lotuses set the scene for a lengthy work which is meditative, poetic and often beautiful to look at.

Huang Mei-ya in Nine Songs.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

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Hong Kong Dance Company in Spring Ritual-Eulogy.© Conrado Dy-Liacco. (Click image for larger version)

Hong Kong Dance Company – Spring Ritual-Eulogy – Hong Kong

Overall, this thoughtful piece confirms Yang as a choreographer of intelligence and originality. Design, lighting and music are all excellent, as is the dancing from this fine ensemble company.

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