Alphawood Foundation is proud to support
Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan
March 2 and 3, 2018 • 7:30 p.m.
at the Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph Drive
“When you’re talking about Cloud Gate, magic is not too strong a word.” — Time Out
In the 16th century, gazing out from the decks of ships off the coast of China, Portuguese sailors saw it: a great green mass, thick with mountains and trees, rising from the sea. “Formosa!” they exclaimed—“beautiful!”—anointing the verdant place that would come to be known as Taiwan. In this new work, choreographer Lin Hwai-min and his Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan take that appraisal as inspiration for their own work of abstract beauty born from land and lore.
Recorded music by award-winning indigenous singer Sangpuy serves as the soundtrack as the dancers mingle in intimations of community, making tribal ritual and urban bustle seem as one. Using gesture, script, song, and other elements from the island as raw material, Lin and dancers create a lustrous, transfigured sphere—a playground of love and life, mediated by tragedy, hope, and rebirth.
To everyone who visited Then They Came for Me: Incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII and the Demise of Civil Liberties in the past months, we say a heartfelt THANK YOU! This exhibition told a powerful and important story about our history—a story that needs to be told at this particular time in our country.
Then They Came for Me will open at the International Center of Photography in New York on January 26, 2018, and run through May 6. We also hope to present the exhibition in another location in Chicago in the coming months. Stay tuned for more details!
We invite you to view the websites for Then They Came for Me and our earlier exhibition, Art AIDS America. We intend to keep a digital archive of both of these exhibitions available for everyone to use.
Alphawood Gallery is now closed, but Alphawood Exhibitions is hard at work on another exhibition that will debut in 2018 at another location. Watch for details soon!