|About this Recording
Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan
Choreograpy by LIN-HWAI-MIN
Music Selections from Six Suites for Solo Cello by J.S. Bach
Set Design: AUSTIN WANG
PAL 100 374
Running Time: 65 min (performance), 20 min (special feature documentary)
Described by The Times as "Asia's leading contemporary dance theatre", Cloud Gate's repertoire has its roots firmly in the myths, folklore and aesthetics of the East. "Energy flows as water, while the spirit shines as the moon": this description of the ideal state for a Tai Chi practitioner was one of the starting points for this astonishing production.
Following last month's release of Bamboo Dream featuring the music of Arvo Part, celebrated choreographer Lin Hwai-min has selected compositions from suites for solo cello by Johann Sebastian Bach, combining his music with dance movements derived from the Chinese martial arts of Tai Chi.
During this breathtaking performance, water sweeps across the stage and is flicked in arcs from the dancers' moving arms and feet. The sound of splashing water mingles with Bach's music as the dancers throw themselves on the stage, gliding on the fine film of liquid. An aesthetically scintillating performance with remarkable studio production.
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