Although award-winning writer and choreographer Hwai-Min has not confirmed Formosa is his last work, it may be the final time London dance audiences see the company under his leadership, because he will retire from the role of Artistic Director at the end of 2019.
It is perhaps fitting, then, that after nearly five decades at the helm Hwai-Min is presenting a piece prompted by Taiwan’s complicated history.
Using gesture, script, song and music, Formosa simultaneously considers Taiwan’s past conflicts and reflects upon the multicultural society Taiwan is today.
The work explores how writing can distort memories and erase history, so words are significant.
Projections of Chinese characters provide a dynamic visual landscape, while the music features indigenous singer Sangpuy. His aboriginal songs blend with recorded readings of historical texts and poems referring to the land, the ocean and the people.
Formosa received critical acclaim at its World Premiere in Taipei during November 2017.
Indeed, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan is one of Asia’s leading contemporary dance companies and is globally renowned for bringing a fresh perspective to ancient aesthetics.
Last at Sadler’s Wells in 2016 with Song of the Wanderers, the Cloud Gate dancers are trained in meditation, Qi Gong, martial arts, modern dance and ballet.
The dancers’ mastery of such an impressive number of art forms, combined with the company’s aim to bridge the gap between old and new, surely makes a Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan production worth a watch…
|What||Cloud Gate Dance Company, Formosa|
|Where||Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Angel (underground)|
09 May 18 – 12 May 18, 19:30 Dur.: 1 hour and 10 minutes no interval
|Website||Click here to book via Sadler's Well website|