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Prospect recommends: The Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, Sadler’s Wells

By Neil Norman  

The first contemporary dance theatre in the Chinese speaking world, Cloud Gate was founded in 1973 by the choreographer Lin Hwai-min. Inspired by seeing Powell and Pressburger’s film The Red Shoes at the age of five, Lin studied dance in Asia and America. He went on to develop a choreographic philosophy that combined traditional elements of Peking Opera, Chinese folk tales and epic poems, successfully marrying acrobatics, martial arts, ballet, temple dancing and contemporary dance. Nine Songs is a deceptively serene and spectacular extrapolation of the classical Chinese poems of Qu Yuan (343-278 BC), revolving around the cycles of nature.…

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