A Conversation with Cheng Tsung-lung of Cloud Gate Dance Theater


Sunday, October 2, 2022
3 p.m. Program

This fall, the famous Taiwan Cloud Gate Dance Theater returns to Houston to kick off the North American tour of their acclaimed production 13 languages.

On Sunday October 2, the artistic director of Cloud Gate Cheng Tsung-lung will be heading to Asia Society Texas for an insightful conversation with an arts writer Sherry Cheng on the history and art of the Cloud Gate Dance Theater and the creation of 13 languageswhich is inspired by her memories of the vibrant and bustling street scenes of Taipei, and her mother’s tales of the legendary 1960s street artist and storyteller known as “Thirteen Tongues”.

For tickets to the show 13 languages on October 1, please visit our event page.

About the speaker

From hawker selling slippers to internationally renowned choreographer, CHENG Tsung-lung succeeded LIN Hwai-min as Artistic Director of Taiwan’s Cloud Gate Dance Theater from 2020.

CHENG took her first dance class when she was 8 years old. After graduating from the Dance Department of National Taipei University of the Arts, he joined Cloud Gate in 2002 and became the art director of Cloud Gate 2 in 2014.

CHENG has received prestigious awards for his choreography internationally and nationally, such as No Ballet International Choreography Competition (Germany), Premio Roma Danza International Choreography Competition (Italy), MASDANZA Choreography Competition (Spain) and the Taishin Arts Award. (Taiwan). He has also worked with companies around the world including Sydney Dance Company, Transitions Dance Company at Laban Center London, Expressions Dance Company Brisbane and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.

CHENG’s work is deeply rooted in ancient and modern Taiwanese culture – and he is a strong supporter of Cloud Gate’s extensive engagement with local audiences across Taiwan – but he also embraces global influences. His 13 languages (2016) incorporates folk dance, religious rites and Taoist chanting to vividly evoke the streets where he worked as a child. Lunar Halo (2019) is performed to an ethereal soundtrack by Icelandic musicians Singur Rós and explores the complex realm of human connection and technology. sound light (2020) was written in response to the isolation induced by the COVID pandemic and reflects on the precariousness of the human and natural world. Visually stunning, Send to cloud (2022) presents in changing colors a panorama of the life course of the dancers.

CHENG has been a staple of Routledge’s respected annual survey of dance practitioners, Fifty contemporary choreographers (2020), alongside William Forsythe, Akram Khan, Hofesh Shechter and form leaders.

About the moderator

Sherry Cheng is an arts writer, music teacher, and freelance musician based in Houston, Texas. She is an editor for Arts and Culture Texas Magazine (ACTX).

Asia Society Texas’ performing arts and culture programs are presented by Syamal and Susmita Poddar. Major support comes from Nancy C. Allen, Chinhui Juhn and Eddie Allen, City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, Houston Endowment and The Brown Foundation Inc. Generous funding also provided by AARP, The Anchorage Foundation of Texas , The Clayton Fund, The Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts and The Wortham Foundation. Additional support provided by the Texas Commission on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, United Airlines, and through contributions from the Friends of Asia Society, a dedicated group of individuals and organizations committed to providing exceptional programming and exhibitions at Asia Society Texas.

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About Asia Society Texas

Asia Society Texas believes in the strength and beauty of diversity of perspectives and people. As an educational institution, we advance cultural exchange by celebrating Asia’s vibrant diversity, inspiring empathy, and fostering a deeper understanding of our interconnected world. Covering the fields of arts, business, culture, education and politics, our programming is rooted in the educational and cultural development of our community – trusting in the power of art, dialogue and ideas to fight prejudice and build a more inclusive society.

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