AWARD-WINNING ACCLAIMED SHOW, CLOUD GATE DANCE THEATRE TO STAGE ‘FORMOSA’ IN MALAYSIA TO STRENGTHEN CULTURAL TIES WITH TAIWAN UNDER THE NEW SOUTHBOUND POLICY

Published by Idan Ma'at @ 07/02/2019

INXO Arts & Culture (L) Foundation is delighted to present Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan’s FORMOSA to be staged at Istana Budaya also known as the Palace of Culture on 16 & 17 March 2019. The theatre will be choreographed by Cloud Gates’s founder and Artistic Director, Lin Hwai-Min. This performance is set to stimulate mutual culture inspiration and exchange of experiences between artists from Taiwan and their goal is to showcase to the other countries for enrichment and understanding of culture differences through performances.

Besides being selected by TANZ (prestigious German dance magazine) from a survey of 41 international dance critics, as The Best Production of the Year for 2018, FORMOSA’s projection designer, Chou Tung-yen, also won the Knight of Illumination Award (KOI) 2018. KOI is organized by London-based, Fifth Estate which celebrates international video and lighting designers for their creative works in the UK.

Speaking at a news conference on Dec 19, Anne Hung, head of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Malaysia, said that dance transcends language and borders, providing a powerful medium for promoting understanding of diverse traditions and heritage. “It is hoped that the shows by Taiwan’s world-renowned Cloud Gate troupe will further deepen cultural exchanges between the two sides”. she added.

In this 75 minutes’ work, the show portrays an island beset by earthquakes, typhoons and societal rifts, as a metaphor of the world we live in. While recorded indigenous songs, contemporary music, reading of poems about the land, and lore of the island serve as the soundscape luminous projected images of Chinese character typefaces provide the visual backdrop. The characters are mainly the names of mountains and rivers, cities and villages of Taiwan.

Cloud Gate was formed in 1973 as the first professional modern dance troupe in Taiwan and has become one of the country’s major cultural exports. It has cultivated a global reputation for innovative works incorporating local cultural elements such as calligraphy, history and martial arts as well as Hakka and indigenous music. It has become a key plank in the government’s national development strategy and enhancing the nation’s agricultural, business, cultural, education, tourism and trade ties with the 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations member states, six South Asian countries, Australia and New Zealand.