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Cloud Gate gives compelling performance at Berlin festival

Cloud Gate gives compelling performance at Berlin festival

Berlin, May 16 (CNA) Taiwan's Cloud Gate Dance Theatre this week gave the European premiere of two of its productions, "White Water" and "Dust, a requiem," at the annual Movimentos arts festival in Berlin, striking an emotional chord with the audience. "Dust" touches on the themes of war, disaster and turbulence, expulsion, flight, suppression and resistance, reflecting choreographer Lin Hwai-min's compassion towards people who have suffered as a result of such upheavals. In an interview with CNA at the VW Autostadt venue, Lin said people usually see shocking scenes of suffering and hopelessness among doomed masses every day on TV, which brought to his mind the interpretation of "masses asifdust" in Sutra, and he tried to create something of a catharsis. The music in "Dust -- Russian composer Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 8 Op. 110-- sets the right atmosphere for the production, he said. Lin said that ever since he first heard the piece about 11 years ago, he had been hoping to create something around it. Last year, when he met with "Movimentos" producers in Dresden to discuss Cloud Gate's program at the 2015 Autostadt festival, the Shostakovich composition, which was written in Dresden in 1960, came to mind as he was hoping to choreograph something that would reflect the disturbing events around the world, he said. "Dust" is a relatively short piece compared with "White Water," also by Lin, which contrasts with the theme of suffering and depicts an enlightened life cycle. Cloud Gate's evening program started with the 55-minute "White Water" and continued after a short break with the 22-minute "Dust". The big contrast in moods made the performance especially enthralling, and some members of the audience noted that the productions were being presented in Germany in May, when Europeans have been commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. Evoking old memories and new apprehensions, Lin's creations showed universal appeal, and the audience in Germany again highly praised the dance company. It was the fourth time that Cloud Gate was invited to perform at VW Autostadt's annual arts festival. At the 2009 festival, Lin received the International Movimentos Dance Award for Lifetime Achievement. (By Lillian Lin)


Updated : 2021-09-20 14:25 GMT+08:00