One of Asia’s most important contemporary dance companies, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, will perform artistic director Lin Hwai-min’s newest work, Water Stains on the Wall, at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph Drive, Chicago, on October 28 and 29 at 8pm.
Presented by The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, Cloud Gate also will open The Dance Center’s 2011-12 FamilyDance Matinee Series by presenting a family-oriented performance preceded by a free movement workshop with the artists October 29 at 2:15pm at The Dance Center, 1306 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago.
Water Stains on the Wall is performed on a white raked stage (evoking rice paper) with projected images of drifting clouds in different degrees of blackness that look like flowing ink, creating spaces that are constantly shifting, reminiscent of classical Chinese landscape painting. Dancers are deeply grounded on the floor, yet appear to be floating on top of the white space. “Water stains on the wall” is a popular Chinese metaphor representing the highest state in the aesthetics of Chinese calligraphy.
Lin Hwai-min will give a pre-performance talk before each performance at 7pm, free and open to ticket holders. Company member Su I-ping will lead a DanceMasters class October 24 at 6pm at The Dance Center for dancers at the intermediate level or higher.
Cloud Gate’s rich repertoire has its roots in Asian myths, folklore and aesthetics, but it brings to these age-old beliefs and stories a contemporary and universal perspective. The 24 dancers of the company receive training from the West and the East, including Tai Chi Tao Yin (an ancient form of Chi Kung), meditation, martial arts, modern dance, ballet, and calligraphy.
For ticket information, call 312.369.8330 or visit www.colum.edu/dancecenter.