Cloud Gate is the name of the oldest known dance in China. In 1973, choreographer Lin Hwai-min adopted this classical name and founded the first contemporary dance company in the greater Chinese-speaking community: Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, also known worldwide as Cloud Gate.
Cloud Gate dancers are trained in meditation, Qi Gong, internal martial arts, modern dance and ballet. Through Lin Hwai-min’s innovative choreographies, the company transforms ancient aesthetics into a thrilling modern celebration of motion.
Acclaimed as “Asia’s leading contemporary dance theater” (The Times), and “One of the finest dance companies in the world” (The Globe and Mail), Cloud Gate tours extensively. At home, in addition to regular seasons in theaters, Cloud Gate stages annual free outdoor performances in cities and villages of Taiwan, drawing an average of 30,000 people per performance.
After a blaze destroyed Cloud Gate’s rented studio in 2008, more than 4,000 public donations came in to support the company to build a home base—the Cloud Gate Theater. Inaugurated in 2015, the Theater presents performances from worldwide, and opens its verdant outdoor space to the public, attracting tens of thousands of visitors every year.