CHENG TSUNG-LUNG
Designated Artistic Director

CHENG Tsung-lung joined Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan in 2002 and started creating dance works. After winning top prizes in international choreography competitions, including the Premio Roma Danza International Choreography Competition, he was appointed in 2014 as the artistic director for Cloud Gate 2. In 2020, CHENG will succeed Lin Hwai-min as the artistic director of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan.

CHENG’s family owns a slipper factory in the oldest area of Taipei City in Taiwan, a historic harbor town rich with ancient temples and festival parades. Hawking slippers on sidewalks was part of his life in childhood and adolescence. The dynamics of religious rites and street life later became the source of inspiration for his choreography.

CHENG’s 13 Tongues from 2016 unfolds a part-real, part-dream world. Against a colorful, abstract projection, dancers in black, chanting Taoist mantra and singing folk tunes, squat and stride in steps evolved from ritualistic dance. They run and scream while an image of a giant carp swiftly appears and vanishes like a mythical messenger above their heads. Wild and subtle, this work evokes fantastical cultural memories lost in the hustle and bustle of modern cities. 13 Tongues has won rave reviews and is scheduled to tour London, Paris, Stockholm and cities in the US in 2020. 

If 13 Tongues wanders in the alley of an old town, his 22° Lunar Halo ventures into a dark domain belonging to a digital future of the 21st century.

A sequel to Full Moon, created for Sydney Dance Company in 2017, 22° Lunar Halo is acclaimed as a work full of “fierce beauty” (Seeing Dance). It features music specially arranged by Icelandic avant-garde rock band Sigur Rós and three gigantic LED panels on which human figures and body parts juxtapose surreal images crafted from the nature. Tribal-like group dances restlessly move away or towards an ominous “black hole,” foreboding an apocalypse where “civilization is falling apart.” Stunning and mesmerizing, this powerful creation of CHENG has brought the house down in its premiere season in 2019, garnering invitations from worldwide since.


HONORS

2012

Performing Arts Fellowship, Asian Cultural Council, New York

2011

MASDANZA Choreography Competition, Spain

Premio Roma Danza International Choreography Competition, Italy

The Performing Arts Award, Taishin Arts Award, Taiwan

“Artist of the Year,” Performing Arts Reviews, Taiwan

2006

No Ballet International Choreography Competition, Germany


WORKS

* marks the works created for Cloud Gate 2

2019

22° LUNAR HALO*
Music: Sigur Rós

A commission by National Performing Arts Center, Taiwan R.O.C.-National Theater & Concert Hall, National Taichung Theater, National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuyin)

2017

DREAM CATCHER*
Music: LI Daiguo

FULL MOON
Music: LIM Giong
A production created for Sydney Dance Company

2016

13 TONGUES*
Music: LIM Giong
A commission for 2016 Taiwan International Festival of Arts by National Performing Arts Center - National Theater & Concert Hall, Taiwan, R.O.C.

2015

BECKONING*
Music: CHUNG Cheng-da, Quiet Quartet

2014

DORIAN GRAY*
Music: Traditional Taiwanese Beiguan music, Ludwig van Beethoven, Mulatu Astatke, Camille Saint-Saëns, Tom Waits

2013

PRESENT
Music: Greg Brown
A solo created for Asian Cultural Council’s 50th anniversary celebration in New York

BLUE HOUR*
Music: John Tavener

2011

ON THE ROAD
Music: Traditional Taiwanese folk songs, traditional Asian music, Arvo Pärt, Tom Waits, John Tavener, Wushi Azer

2010

CRACK*
Music: Mu Child

2009

HAPPINESS AND MUSIC*
Music: CHUNG Yiu-kwong, WANG Chien-ming

THE WALL*
Music: Michael Gordon

RADIX
Music: Igor Stravinsky
A production created for Transitions Dance Company at the Laban Centre, London

2008

CHANGE*
Music: Terry Riley

2007

FRAGMENTS OF MEMORY
Music: Max Richter
A production created for Expressions Dance Company, Brisbane

2006

A DIGNIFIED JOKE*
Music: Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler, Einojuhani Rautavaara

TÊTE-BÊCHE
Music: LIANG Chun-mei

MEMORY
Music: Max Richter

2005

WHITE ADHESIVES
Music: J.S. Bach, DuOud, Aki Takase, Johann Strauss

2002

YAO
Music: Mira LIN