Spring Riot 2024

Spring Riot 2024

Cloud Gate’s "Spring Riot" is back this May 25-26th, marking the 10th anniversary of its home theater, Cloud Gate Theater. 

Choreographers Wang Yeu-kwn and Su Wen-chi are invited to create new works BE THERE and STILL LIFE with Cloud Gate dancers. The company’s Artistic Director Cheng Tsung-lung and Taiwanese visual creator Chuan Ming-yuan took a different perspective on a dancer's physicality through high-speed filming with dance film NOTHING BETWEEN BODY AND EARTH, set to premiere during "Spring Riot 2024". 

Emerging creators Lin Pin-shuo and Chen Po-chieh en route to their future works, showcase the developing ideas in the studio’s Work in Progress sessions.

"Spring Riot" has served as an important stage for Taiwanese choreographers to showcase new pieces since 2001. Over the past 23 years, this event has nurtured many choreographers such as Cheng Tsung-lung, Bulareyaung Pagarlava, and Huang Yi.

WANG YEU-KWN  Choreographer

​​​​WANG Yeu-kwn began learning dance in university and later served as a professional dancer at Cloud Gate 2 after graduating. After departing Cloud Gate, he founded focusing on dance creation and dance workshops for the general public. In recent years, WANG and his company have toured and conducted residencies in Taiwan, Europe, and Japan.

WANG has created many works, among which "Beings" won dual awards at the 27th Yokohama Dance Collection in Japan. In 2024, it has been shortlisted in the inaugural "The Rose International Dance Prize" at Sadler's Wells in London, UK. WANG’s new work "Islands," a co-commission by the National Theatre and Concert Hall, Taipei and the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying) is set to premiere in the fall of 2024.

SU WEN-CHI  Choreographer

A choreographer, new media artist and the founder of YILAB.  
Combining the concepts and forms of new media and performing arts, she attempts to rethink the possibilities of dance from the perspective of new media, extending the controversy and reflection of contemporary art in the face of the impact of digital technology.

She has actively interacted and cooperated with local and international art communities through workshops, seminars, talks and performances. She is the artist-in-residence in the National Theater & Concert Hall in Taiwan 2017, Arts@CERN / European Organization for Nuclear Research, and EMPAC / Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY.

As one of Taiwan’s iconic figures in this field, SU received the Jury’s Special Award in the 9th Taishin Arts Award and Alternative Design Gold Award in the 2017 World Stage Design Award. In 2021, SU WENCHI’s collaboration with Swiss skincare house LA PRAIRIE was exclusively presented during Art Basel Miami Beach.

CHENG TSUNG-LUNG  Artistic Director

From street hawker selling slippers to internationally recognized choreographer, CHENG Tsung-lung became the Artistic Director of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan in 2020 after he succeeded the company’s founder LIN Hwai-min. CHENG is best known for works inspired by the street life and folk religion elements that were part of his upbringing in Taipei, and is praised by the Stage Newspaper as a choreographer with “an eye for a cinematic moment.”

His recent creations include 13 Tongues (2016), drawing on his experiences of street life and achieving 100 global performances since its creation; Lunar Halo (2019), a piece of “fierce beauty” collaborating with Icelandic musicians Sigur Rós; Sounding Light (2020), growing out of a period of enforced isolation during the COVID pandemic; Send In A Cloud (2022), displaying in shifting colors a panorama of dancers’ personal life journeys; and WAVES (2023), a collaboration with Japanese media artist Daito MANABE, exploring societal and individual facets affected by the rapid progress of technological advancements.

CHENG has been a fixture of Routledge’s respected annual survey of dance practitioners, Fifty Contemporary Choreographers (2020), alongside the likes of William Forsythe, Akram Khan, Hofesh Shechter, and leaders in the form.

CHUAN MING-YUAN  Visual creator​

CHUAN Ming Yuan is an experienced visual creator specialized in cinematography and visual effects. He produced many renowned music videos when he was the VFX supervisor in Grass Jelly Studio. 

He had over 8 years of experience in VR film production as the VR supervisor and cinematographer in Funique VR Studio. He created some of the most memorable VR experiences in Taiwan such as "Your Spiritual Temple Sucks", "HOME" and "The Man Who Couldn't Leave". As VR Supervisor, he had 6 VR films selected in Venice Film Festival. "The Man Who Couldn't Leave" won 2022 Venice Immersive Best Experience Award.

Choreography|WANG Yeu-Kwn 
Rehearsal Assistant |LEE Ching-chun  WU Jui-ying
Dancers|HSU Chih-hen  CHANG Hung-mao  WU Tsung-yang  CHAO Hsin  LAI Wei-chun

Music Design|LI Tzi-mei
Lighting Design|Ray TSENG
Costume Design|LIN Po-chen
Development partner|YU Pen-chieh 

Choreography|SU Wen-chi
Rehearsal Assistant |CHEN Mu-han
Dancers|HOU Tang-li  HUANG Po-kai  WANG Chun-hung  SEOW Annette Lyn  CHANG Pei-cheng 
Creative Partner| CHOW Ling-chih 
Sound Design|WU Ping-sheng
Lighting Design|Ray TSENG
Costume Design|LIN Yen-jung

Concept|CHENG Tsung-lung
Cinematographer/Editor|CHUAN Ming-yuan
Composer|LIM Giong
Logotype Designer|HO Chia-hsing
Dancer|HUANG Mei-Ya
Special Shooting Tech Support / High Speed Shooting|CHUANG Ting-yi  Shooting Lab
Theatrical Technician|Nick HUNG  TSENG Yen-min
Dresser/Makeup|LIN Yen-jung
Assistant Editor|WEN Shih-peng
Special Thanks|Nadia HO Yvonne LIN