Part III of Cursive: A Trilogy
Best Performing Arts Production 2005 Taishin Arts Award
Best Choreography of 2006 Critics poll by Theaterheute and Ballettanz
Lin Hwai-min proves himself as a visionary choreographer in this mammoth work, whose dance language is rooted in the East yet internationally understood.
All choreographers work within the boundaries of the body's limitations. But great ones defy them, finding new ways of employing physical limbs and motion. So it is with Lin Hwai-min, the inimitable choreographer…
Wild Cursive is driven by sinewy strength, dynamic use of breath and dazzling muscular control. The great pleasure is observing, as in calligraphy, the outer grace and the inner power that tell you this work is about more than action.
Its predecessor (Pine Smoke) was thrilling. This work is even better: action pared down to the essence, music minimal, design restrained and lighting poetic yet projecting every nuance of the dance...
Cloud Gate is a wonderful company. Let's have them back soon, and for longer.
Sydney Morning Herald
It's auspicious that BAM opened its 75th-anniversary season with Lin Hwai-min's Wild Cursive… The piece's blend of discipline and freedom, of meditative patience and suddenly unleashed power, connects ancient practice with modern innovation in exemplary ways, eschewing the explicit violence we so often see onstage today.
The Village Voice
Wild Cursive accomplished that rarity, achieving the universal through the highly particular of a culture. It could only have been created in a milieu imbued with the particular regimens and distinctive practices of tai chi, wu shu and qi qong.
They are writing a history of dance with their bodies.
The sheer hypnotic intensity of this piece - and its brilliant realization - held the audience in rapt attention. The silence and concentration of those watching was unusual and made the experience on both sides of the footlight transfixing.
The audience applauded with standing ovation. When has one ever seen a company with such magical and beautiful bodies?
Jim Shum Liang Chun-mei
Concept Lin Hwai-min
Technical Consultant Austin Wang
Realization Hung Wei-ming
Paper Chung Rhy Special Paper
Ink Union Chemical Laboratories of Industrial Technology Research Institute
Yong Lin Foundation
Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan
November 19, 2005, Taipei, Taiwan
September 19, 2009, Taipei, Taiwan
Visited venues include
Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, UK
Next Wave Festival, New York, USA
Carolina Performing Arts, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA
Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, California, USA
The Harris Theater for Music & Dance, Chicago, USA
Lied Center of Kansas, Laurence, Kansas, USA
Northrop Auditorium, University of Minnesota, USA
National Arts Centre, Ottawa, Canada
Grand Theatre de Quebec, Quebec City, Canada
Theatre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts, Montreal, Canada
Theatre Alfa, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Internationale Maifestspiele, Wiesbaden, Germany
Theater im Pfalzbau, Ludwigshafen, Germany
In Transit Festival, Berlin, Germany
Het Muziektheater, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia
Perth International Arts Festival, Perth, Australia
Shinjuku Bunka Centre, Tokyo, Japan
Hong Kong Arts Festival