Magazine article Musical Opinion

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan at the Wells

Magazine article Musical Opinion

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan at the Wells

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A man stands alone on a black floor with a wide swirl of white, and he moves with such control it is as though he is a marionette being manipulated by unseen hands. The movement flows organically, from a deep plie a la seconde which is held for an impossibly long time, the body and torso twisted in perfect harmony and balance. This is the opening to Moon Water, a full-length work without interval, which I saw on 28 May at Sadler's Wells. The entire accompaniment is a mixture of Bach's Suites for Solo Cello from a recording by Mischa Maisky, and the soul-stirring beauty of the music makes this a fascinating fusion of East and West.

At all times I was aware of the phenomenal control of the sixteen dancers who make up the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan Company. The technique which these dancers have learned involves Tai Chi, Chi Kung, and martial arts, with great emphasis on breathing and meditation. …

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