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Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan makes its Segerstrom Center for the Arts debut

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan makes its Segerstrom Center for the Arts debut
performing the West Coast premiere of its new work Formosa, with concept and choreography by company founder Lin Hwai-min. Formosa will have three performances in Segerstrom Hall on March 16, 17 and 18, 2018. The music is by Kaija Saariaho, Liang Chun-mei, and Sangpuy Katatepan Mavaliyw. Cloud Gate has been acclaimed as “Asia’s leading contemporary dance theater” (The Times), and “One of the finest dance companies in the world” (The Globe and Mail).

Formosa tells the legend of Portuguese sailors gazing out from the decks of ships off the coast of China during the 16th century. They saw a great green mass, thick with mountains and trees, rising from the sea. “Formosa!” they exclaimed — “beautiful!” — anointing the verdant place that would come to be known to the world as Taiwan. This legend now serves as the inspiration for Lin’s latest one act evening-length work.

Tickets for Cloud Gate Dance Theatre performing Formosa start at $29 and may be purchased online at, the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236.

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan is one of the most important Asian contemporary dance companies that have made a name in the international dance world. Lin leads Cloud Gate as the company’s founder, artistic director, and choreographer. He has moved audiences in Taiwan and major cities of the West through his masterpieces rooted in Asian cultures yet vibrating with contemporary resonance. In 2013, he followed in the footsteps of Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham and Pina Bausch winning the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Dance Festival.

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