LIN HWAI-MIN
Founder / Artistic Director

Lin Hwai-min was first known to the Taiwan public as a fiction writer. He started his modern dance training at the age of 23, while working on his MFA degree at the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. He founded Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan in Taipei in 1973.

A self-taught choreographer, Lin often draws from Asian cultures and aesthetics to create works with contemporary resonance. Under his direction, Cloud Gate tours extensively to international acclaims.

Among the honors Lin Hwai-min has received are the Samuel H. Scripts / American Dance Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement, the John D. Rockefeller 3rd Award, the Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters from the Ministry of Culture of France, and honorary doctorates from six universities in Taiwan and Hong Kong. He was also celebrated by the Time Magazine as one of “Asia’s Heroes.”


HONORS

2018

Honorary Fellowship from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

2015

The first Tsai Wan-tsai Taiwan Contribution Award

2013

Samuel H. Scripps / American Dance Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement

Author for the International Dance Day Message, UNESCO

First Rank Order of Brilliant Star with Special Grand Cordon, the highest honor from the President of Taiwan

2012

Mentor of Dance, Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative

2009

Lifetime Achievement Award, International Movimentos Dance Prize, Germany

2008

Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters, France

‘You Bring Charm to the World’ Award, China

2007

Second Rank Order of Brilliant Star from the President of Taiwan

Honorary Doctorate, the Taipei National University of Arts, Taiwan

Honorary Doctorate, the National Chengchi University, Taiwan

2006

Honorary Doctorate of Arts, the National Taiwan University

John D. Rockefeller 3rd Award, New York

Distinguished Artist Award, the International Society of Performing Arts (ISPA)

2005

Asia’s Heroes Award, the Time Magazine

2004

Honorary Doctorate of Literature, the Hong Kong Baptist University

2003

National Cultural Award from the Executive Yuan, the highest cultural honor from government of Taiwan

Outstanding Citizen Award, the Taipei City Government, Taiwan

Honorary Doctorate, the National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan

2002

National Award of Literature and Arts, Taiwan

2001

Fok Ying Tung Contribution Award, Hong Kong

2000

Personality of the Year, the Ballet International Magazine

Best Choreographer Award, the Biennale de la Danse, Lyon

1999

Choreographer of the 20th Century, the Dance Europe Magazine

Honorary Doctorate, the National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan

Roman Magsaysay Award in the category of Journalism, Literature and Creative Communication Arts, the Philippines

1998

Outstanding Chinese Award, Hong Kong

1997

Honorary Fellowship, the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts

1996

Lifetime Achievement Award, the Department of Culture, the City Government, New York

1989

Fulbright Fellowship, U.S.A.

1983

Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World, the Jaycee International

1978

Fellowship, the JDR 3rd Fund, New York

Artist in Residence, the American Dance Festival

1977

Fellowship, Asian Foundation

Artist in Residence, the Dance Department, UCLA

Ten Outstanding Young Persons, Jaycee, Taiwan

1975

ASPEC Fellowship

1970

Fellowship, the International Writing Program, the University of Iowa


WORKS

Among more than 90 works created by Lin Hwai-min, only those presented after the year 1990 are listed here.

2017

FORMOSA
Music: LIANG Chun-mei, Sangpuy Katatepan Mavaliyw, Gérard Grisey, Kaija Saariaho
In co-production with National Performing Arts Center–National Theater & Concert Hall, Taiwan, R.O.C.; National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying), Taiwan, R.O.C.; Sadler’s Wells, London; Théâtre de la Ville–Paris; Carolina Performing Arts, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA; and Movimentos Festwochen der Autostadt in Wolfsburg, Germany

2016

AUTUMN RIVER
Music: Arvo Pärt

2014

DUST and WHITE WATER A double bill


DUST
Music: Dmitri D. Shostakovich

WHITE WATER
Music: Erik Satie, Albert Rousseau, Ahmet Adnan Saygun, Maurice Ohana, Jacque Ibert

In co-production with National Performing Arts Center–National Theater & Concert Hall, Taiwan, R.O.C.; and Movimentos Festwochen der Autostadt, Wolfsburg, Germany

2013

RICE
Music: Hakka traditional folk songs, LIANG Chun-mei, Ishii Maki, Vincenzo Bellini, Camille Saint-Saëns, Gustav Mahler

Commissioned by Wen C. KO

In co-production with National Performing Arts Center–National Theater & Concert Hall, Taiwan, R.O.C.; Esplanade–Theatres on the Bay, Singapore; Hong Kong New Vision Arts Festival; Sadler’s Wells, London; Hellerau–European Center for the Arts Dresden; and Théâtre de la Ville–Paris

2010

WATER STAINS ON THE WALL
Music: Toshio Hosokawa

In co-production with National Performing Arts Center–National Theater & Concert Hall, Taiwan, R.O.C.; Esplanade–Theatres on the Bay, Singapore; and Movimentos Festwochen der Autostadt, Wolfsburg, Germany

2008

WHISPER OF FLOWERS
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach

Co-commissioned by National Chiang Kai-Shek Cultural Center, Taiwan, R.O.C.; and Yong Lin Foundation, Taiwan, R.O.C.

In co-production with Chekhov International Theatre Festival (Moscow), supported by the Russian Government and the Government of Moscow

2006

WIND SHADOW
In collaboration with CAI Guo-Qiang
Music: LIANG Chun-mei, Jim SHUM

WHITE
Music: Stephen Scott, Alex Cline, Atsuhiko Gondai

SALLY
A solo created for Sylvie Guillem as part of SACRED MONSTERS
Music: Philip Sheppard

2005

WILD CURSIVE
Music: Jim SHUM, LIANG Chun-mei

Commissioned by National Chiang Kai-Shek Cultural Center, Taiwan, R.O.C.; and Yong Lin Foundation, Taiwan, R.O.C.

Co-commissioned by The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago with support from The Joyce Foundation and Alphawood Foundation, USA; and Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany

2003

PINE SMOKE formerly known as CURSIVE II
Music: John Cage

Commissioned by Yong Lin Foundation, Taiwan, R.O.C.

In co-production with National Performing Arts Center–National Theater & Concert Hall, Taiwan, R.O.C.

2002

SMOKE
Music: Alfred Schnittke

2001

CURSIVE
Music: QU Xiao-song

Commissioned by National Chiang Kai-Shek Cultural Center, Taiwan, R.O.C.

Co-commissioned by Auditorium Theatre Council, Chicago, USA; Hancher Auditorium, University of Iowa, USA

BAMBOO DREAM
Music: Arvo Pärt and Chinese Flute

1998

MOON WATER
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach

1997

PORTRAIT OF THE FAMILIES
Music: Arvo Pärt, Nan Guan, Hakka Music, Oral interviews

1994

SONGS OF THE WANDERERS
Music: Georgian Folk Songs

1993

NINE SONGS
Music: Songs of Taiwan Aborigines, Henry Wolff & Nancy Hennings, Javanese Gamelan, Gagaku music

1983

THE DREAM OF THE RED CHAMBER
Music: LAI Deh-ho

1978

LEGACY
Music: CHEN Da, CHEN Yang, LI Tai-hsiang

1975

THE TALE OF THE WHITE SERPENT
Music: LAI Deh-ho