Cloud Gate unveils new headquarters in Tamsui
Renowned dance group Cloud Gate Dance Theater ( ) held a ceremony yesterday to celebrate the opening of its brand new theater and home complex in Tamsui.
Perched on a hill that overlooks the Tamsui River and surrounded by lush vegetation, the theater complex consists of a 450-seat theater, a 1,500-person capacity outdoor theater and two studios that can be converted into black box theaters.
The complex is located between an expansive golf course and a well-known fort built in 1886. In addition to green lawns, up to 200 trees were planted on the complex’s open grounds.
Despite a 120-strong membership, the dance group has been without headquarters since a fire demolished its rehearsal studio over six years ago.
Most of Cloud Gate’s stage costumes, props and production archives were burned to ashes. The high-profile accident was a major setback to the dance group.
An H-shaped steel frame along with a container from the original studio that survived the fire are placed in the new complex, serving as a reminder of the devastating blaze and years of hard work in the original studio.
Yesterday’s ceremony also featured the “White Living World Series” exhibition by sculptor Ju Ming ( ), who has formed a four-decade-long bond with Cloud Gate. His work will be on display until Oct. 4.
There is also a photo exhibition by Liu Chen-hsiang ( ), who has captured Cloud Gate performers’ every movement on the stage.
The construction reportedly cost NT$660 million. The dance group had received over 4,000 donations by the end of 2013, including a US$5 million donation from the Alphawood Foundation, Chicago.
The new headquarters’ construction was made possible by the New Taipei City Government, which granted Cloud Gate a 40-year operational right to use public land. New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu ( ) was at the ceremony to witness the opening.
Known for its extensive inter- national tours, Cloud Gate has performed in Europe, Asia, North America, and South America. The 42-year-old group said it is committed to serving as Tamsui District’s cultural hub.
(Right) The new Cloud Gate headquarters is shown in this photo taken yesterday. The complex is located between an expansive golf course and a historic fort built in 1886. In addition to green lawns, up to 200 trees were planted in the open grounds.
(Above) Cloud Gate Dance Theater ( ) founder Lin Hwai-min ( ) speaks at the organization’s new headquarters, yesterday. In addition to expressing appreciation for the public’s support, Lin said the headquarters will serve as exhibition platform for young artists.