LIN Hwai-min founded Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan in 1973 and retired at the end of 2019, appointing CHENG Tsung-lung the company’s new Artistic Director. Celebrated by Time magazine as one of Asia’s Heroes, he has led this company to international prominence through his thrilling creations that transform Asian aesthetics into contemporary celebration of motion.
Among the honors LIN Hwai-min has received are Samuel H. Scripps /American Dance Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement; the John D. Rockefeller Award, New York; the Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters, France; and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Movimentos Dance Festival, Germany.
LIN has created over 90 choreographic pieces, many of which have left an indelible imprint on the audience’s memories, such as LEGACY, NINE SONGS, MOON WATER, RICE, SONGS OF THE WANDERERS, and “Cursive: A Trilogy”—CURSIVE, PINE SMOKE, and WILD CURSIVE. In 2019, his FORMOSA was selected by the Guardian as one of the Top 20 “Best Dances of the 21st Century.”