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Video: Legends of modern dance amaze Beijing

11-01-2012 21:58 BJT

By CCTV reporter Song Yaotian

Cloud Gate is Taiwan’s most influential modern dance company, and China’s first modern dance troupe. Having helped shape China’s modern dance scene since 1973, the acclaimed company has brought its youth troupe to Beijing, for an International Dance Festival at the National Center for the Performing Arts.

Wherever they perform, the Cloud Gate troupe is a sight to behold.

Former glories include pieces like "Cursive" -- a dance that imitates calligraphy strokes and "Water Moon" -- a piece inspired by Taichi and Chinese poetry.

This time around, Cloud Gate has brought its youth troupe, Cloud Gate 2 to Beijing, to show a little bit more vigor and freedom.

The Beijing show features some of the best from the group’s 13 year repertoire.

The fast-paced and fluid "Wicked Fish" portrays entangled thoughts "Passage" is about a dream while "Wall" is designed to show how choreographer CHENG TSUNGLUNG viewed his life when he created the piece.

All the pieces can sometimes be challenging for viewers. But that’s perhaps because they are so personal to the choreographers.

Original troupe founder, Lin Hwai-min, created the youth group 13 years ago, to showcase the talent of young choreographers.

Lin says while the main troupe features traditional elements like folklore and history, the younger dancers have fewer boundaries.

Lin Hwai-Min, founder of Cloud Gate Dance Company, said," Our generation likes to stand on the shoulders of ancestors. But the young generation lives in an age of internet. Their thoughts are more varied and unrestrained."

Dancers in the Cloud Gate troupe have solid training backgrounds, and a high degree of technique.

Their pieces are both advanced in dance and steeped in tradition.

As well as theaters, the Cloud Gate Dance Company frequently holds free outdoor performances. It’s given the group a large fan base in Taiwan.

But they also have a global reach. Earlier this year, Cloud Gate 2 performed in New York to packed houses. In one review, New York’s Ballet-Dance Magazine said the company was one you would "fall in love with and want to see again."

Editor:James |Source: CCTV.com

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