Cloud Gate to explore sounds, voices in new dance performance

07/22/2020 09:29 PM
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Cloud Gate Dance Theatre Artistic Director Cheng Tsung-lung.
Cloud Gate Dance Theatre Artistic Director Cheng Tsung-lung.

Taipei, July 22 (CNA) Cloud Gate Dance Theatre's upcoming presentation "Sounding Light" is an exploration of sounds and voices, according to the group's artistic director Cheng Tsung-lung (鄭宗龍), who is working with two musicians on the new piece.

In a promotional video for "Sounding Light," released online Monday, a Cloud Gate performer dances to the singing and humming of male voices.

Cloud Gate told CNA Wednesday that the sounds are based on the rhythm of Taiwanese dialect and do not necessarily include words that have any specific meaning.

At a press conference in early July, Cheng said he began working on the piece when he was in quarantine, after the dance troupe returned from a European tour earlier this year.

"At first, it was difficult for me," Cheng said, referring to his isolation and silence during the quarantine period. "But later, I began to enjoy it, as I could hear all the sounds in the neighborhood."

He said he also began thinking again about his 2016 piece "13 Tongues," in which the dancers create the sounds of street life, and to consider how those sounds could be better arranged.

"Sounding Light" is created in collaboration with composers Chang Shiuan (張玹), who is based in New York, and Lim Giong (林強), who also worked on "13 Tongues," Cloud Gate said.

Chang composes the vocals for the dancers in "Sounding Light,” using words from the Taiwanese dialect, which will convey to the audience a sense of both familiarity and uncertainty, according to Cloud Gate.

Meanwhile, Lim, an award-winning composer of film scores, creates the overall soundscape of the piece, the group said.

Cloud Gate's new production will premiere at the National Theater in Taipei Oct. 1-4, then will be presented at the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts on Oct. 17 and 18 and at National Taichung Theater on Oct. 24 and 25.

(By Chao Ching-yu and Kay Liu) enditem/pc

CNA video on Cloud Gate's European tour earlier this year.
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