Cloud Gate un­veils new head­quar­ters in Tam­sui

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY JOHN LIU

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.

CNA

(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.

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