World-renowned Cloud Gate Dance Theater's two troupes will give their final performances of the year at two separate locations today.
While Troupe 1 stages "Nine Songs" in Chiayi, southern Taiwan, Troupe 2 dancers will join other artists for a performance in Kaohsiung County, presenting a series of new works outdoors at the Weiwu Camp Cultural Center in Fengshan City.
Troupe 2's dancers will be joined by Kimbo Hu, a Taiwanese aboriginal singer and legendary blues artist, when they perform founder Lin Hwai-min's latest masterpiece "Dance, Formosa."
Hu and the Punk Hoo band will also entertain the audience with many of their new songs to cap off the evening performance. Entrance to the performance is free.
Cloud Gate Dance Troupe 2 was founded in 1999. Unlike Troupe 1, which specializes mainly in international tours, Troupe 2 aims to cultivate young choreographers by giving performances in Taiwan's communities.
Troupe 1 began its island-wide tour November 23, staging some 70 performances of "Nine Songs," a full-length dance that reinterprets a cycle of ancient ritual songs. The tour will end December 29 in Lin's hometown, Chiayi, with the final performance of the year presented at the Chiayi Performance Arts Center.
Lin choreographed Nine Songs in 1993 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Cloud Gate. He said he was inspired by an ancient Chinese poem of the same name. The piece has been presented at a number of high-profile events, including the 2000 Olympic Arts Festival in Sydney.