TAIPEI(Taiwan News) — Cloud Gate Dance Theater of Taiwan recently performed at the National Taiwan University (NTU) campus to celebrate the university's art festival — having had to postpone its worldwide tour due to COVID-19 in March last year.
Fifteen NTU students took part in the show, appearing in one of Cloud Gate's signature works, "Lunar Halo." About 1,000 people enjoyed the spectacle, which saw invited audience members such as NTU Principal Kuan Chung-ming (管中閔) dance on stage.
There were also fragments of other works, such as "On the Road," "13 Tongues," and "Dream Catcher." Cheng Tsung-lung (鄭宗龍), Cloud Gate's artistic director said dance is a language in itself and frees the body — just like being a kid again.
Cheng said that since touring has not been possible during the pandemic, the company's "Dancing Dandelion" project plans performances at 262 remote rural schools in Taiwan. After visiting Taitung and Chiayi, Cloud Gate will head to Orchid island, Penghu, Yunlin, Kinmen, and Matsu from May-September.
Cloud Gate dancers interact with children. (Taiwan News, Lee Chia-yeh photo）
Touring all around Taiwan is a challenge for Cloud Gate in all aspects, Cheng said. "We will continue to work on that together."
One of the problems caused by COVID is loss of income. Recent research on 47 performing arts institutions in six countries suggest that they registered an average 51.32 percent reduction in revenues, with 92.7 percent admitting COVID had a strong impact financially.
Cheng Tsung-lung (Taiwan News, Wendy Wu photo)
Performing arts do not work so well online since the live connection between the audience and performers is so important, Cheng said. Nevertheless, he said he would remain positive about the future viability of the performing arts environment in Taiwan.
More information of performances, please go to the company's website.