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Cloud Gate Dance Theatre: Rice

Author: Poorhouse International

A recording of this master piece of Modern Dance choreographed by Lin Hwi Min and paying tribute to Asia's staple food, Rice.

  • Rice | Copyright: © Cloud Gate Dance Theatre

    Rice © Cloud Gate Dance Theatre

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Gloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan its founder and choreographer Lin Hwai-min created this dance piece to a fusion of Asian and western classical music. Lin Hwai-min, one of the world´s top ten choreographers according to the New York Times, has in the meantime stepped down and handed the company over to Cheng Tsung-lung. The dance piece reflects in sections titled Soil, Pollen, Sunlight, Grain, Fire and Water the life cycle of growing rice, the staple food of Asia. Pollen, by the way, includes a sublime scene of making love in which the bodies of the two dancers keep in touch all the way through.

As it has taken a lot of time to clear the tracks ranging from Wind Music to Bellini´s Casta Diva, sung by no less than La Callas, and Maki Ishii´s Ondekoza to Richard Strauss´ Vier Letzte Lieder, sung by Jessye Norman, we are only now in a position to offer this masterpiece of contemporary dance.

Duration 72 minutes
Production Company Jingo Records
Director Chang Chao-lung
Choreography by Lin Hwai Min

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