Cloud Gate 2 to Present ON THE ROAD at Joyce Theater, 10/2-6
The Joyce Theater Foundation is proud to present Cloud Gate 2 from Taiwan performing the U.S. premiere of On the Road, an evening-length work by Associate Artistic Director Cheng Tsung-lung, from October 2-6. Tickets, available through JoyceCharge at www.Joyce.org or by calling212.242.0800, range in price from $10-$39. Please note: ticket price is subject to change. The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue at 19th Street, in Chelsea.
Cloud Gate 2, one of Taiwan's most highly regarded companies, returns to The Joyce Theater with the U.S. premiere of Associate Artistic Director Cheng Tsung-lung's On the Road, the Annual Performing Arts Award winner of the 10th Taishin Arts Award (2012), one of the most prestigious arts awards in Taiwan. Having received international acclaim since its world premiere in 2011, Onthe Road consists of playful duets and trios (three male dancers perform the work) and features contemporary dance elements derived from the Taiwan culture, including native performance art and religious ritual movement. Conceived by Cheng Tsung-lung while roaming the terrain of southwestern China, the piece unfolds slowly with deliberate pace, continuously engaging the audience along its path. Set to scores ranging from Taiwanese folk songs to traditional Naxi, to Islamic music, and finally to Tom Waits' smoky voice, On the Road unites Eastern and Western tradition to convey a powerful artistic message.
After graduating from the Dance Department of Taipei National University of the Arts, Cheng performed internationally with Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan from 2002 to 2004. He served as Resident Choreographer for Cloud Gate 2 from 2006-2010. He is the recipient of the No Ballet International Choreography Competition, the Premio Roma Danza International Choreography Competition in Italy and the Masdanza Choreography Competition in Spain. Cheng was honored as "Artist of 2011" by the Performing Arts Reviews, Taiwan. His productions with Cloud Gate 2 include A Dignified Joke; Change; The Wall; Happiness and Music; Crack; and Blue Hour. Cheng has also choreographed and restaged works for Transitions Dance Company at the Laban Centre(London); Expressions Dance Company (Brisbane); the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts; and Focus Dance Company (Taiwan).
A writer-turned choreographer, Lin Hwai-min often draws inspiration from Asian cultures and aesthetics to create works with contemporary resonance. He founded Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan in 1973 and Cloud Gate 2 in 1999 and is currently the artistic director of both companies. Honoring him with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009, the jury of the International Movimentos Dance Prize (Germany) said Lin is "a foremost innovator of dance" and that he "ranks among artists of the century such as William Forsythe, George Balanchine, Birgit Cullberg ...." In July 2013, he received the prestigious Samuel H. Scripps/American Dance Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement. In presenting the award, the Festival noted that Lin is "one of the most dynamic and innovative choreographers today ... his choreographic brilliance continues to push boundaries and redefine the art form." Previous awardees include Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, Pina Bausch and William Forsythe. Lin is the first recipient who is based in Asia. He also served as the author for the 2013 International Dance Day Message. Lin Hwai-min has received honorary doctorates from six universities in Taiwan and Hong Kong, the John D. Rockefeller 3rd Award, the Distinguished Artist Award from the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA), and the Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters from the French Ministry of Culture. Lin has also been celebrated by TIME Magazine as one of Asia's Heroes. As part of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, Lin Hwai-min is the mentor of dance for 2012-2013.