To celebrate its 40th founding anniversary, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre will stage a rice-inspired dance at Taipei's National Theater Hall on Nov. 22.
As a runner-up event to the dance production's premiere, Cloud Gate dancers traveled to a rural township in eastern Taiwan on Nov. 3 to perform among swaying rice stalks.
Dancers dressed in blue, red and purple gracefully maneuvered around rattan sticks in a rice paddy in Taitung County's Chihshang Township. The area was cleared specially for the afternoon performance of its new production 'Rice.'
The performance proceeded without mishap, much to the delight of company founder Lin Hwai-min and audience members, who both feared that the rain that had begun an hour before the show would water down the performance as it had a day before.
The rain on stopped shortly before the performance of 'Rice,' a production that presents the life cycle of rice as a metaphor for the rises and falls in a person's life.
Lin thanked farmers in Chihshang for their help in making the performance possible in the rice field. The township had asked farmers to suspend work in recent days leading up to the outdoor performances on Nov. 2 and 3.
Cloud Gate will hold over 20 performances of "Rice” between Nov. 11 and Jan. 19, 2014. The troupe's founder, Lin, will also hold two Q&A sessions on Nov. 28 and Dec. 5.
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Sneak Preview of 'Rice'