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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…

Lee Yin-ying in Beckoning.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Cloud Gate 2 – Wicked Fish, The Wall, Beckoning – London

★★★✰✰   One can only marvel at the flowing control of these excellent dancers and the simple beauty and purity of the dance they presented.

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 Nine Songs.© LCSD Hong Kong. (Click image for larger version)

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan – Nine Songs – Hong Kong

The whole troupe’s dedication and excellence in performance was most commendable, if only there were brighter sections to provide a better contrast to the pervasively dark and mournful tone of this piece.

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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