The Cloud Gate Dance Theatre (雲門舞集) will become the first group from Taiwan to participate in World Ballet Day, as the global celebration returns for its eighth edition on Oct. 19.
A total of 47 groups from 6 continents around the world will take part in this year's event, with live broadcast for 24 hours.
Cloud Gate Artistic Director Chen Tung-Lun (鄭宗龍) said that he was honored to have the opportunity to dance at the same event as some of the world’s top performers. He added that, the performing arts sector are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and it is through these global events, they play an important role in connecting people.
Audiences who are interested may visit the Cloud Gate's YouTube channel to watch their live rehearsal on Oct.19.
Choreographer Lin Hwai-min (林懷民) founded the first contemporary dance company in the greater Chinese-speaking community Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, also known worldwide as Cloud Gate, in 1973. In 2020, Cheng Tsung-lung succeeded Lin as the company’s artistic director, bringing together his creative works with traditional roots and excitingly innovative perspectives from the digital and globalized world.
Established in 2014 by the Australian Ballet, the Royal Ballet in London and Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet, World Ballet Day brings together a host of the world's leading companies for a packed day of dance, offering a glimpse into the unique behind-the-scenes of ballet's biggest stars and upcoming performers, as well as the daily operations of dance groups from around the world, including morning classes and rehearsals.
For the entire schedule of the event, please visit www.worldballetday.com.