Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan will perform tonight in Memorial Hall as part of Carolina Performing Arts’ 2014 season. The company, which has come to UNC twice before, presents a mix between a martial art style called Qi Gong and modern dance.
Though they have multiple prepared productions, Cloud Gate will perform one 90-minute piece tonight called “Songs of the Wanderers.” Inspired by the myriad of Asian religions, the piece presents dancers on stage with 3.5 tons of rice.
Joe Florence, marketing director for CPA, said the rice represents natural elements such as rivers, hills, deserts, thunderstorms and waterfalls.
Aaron Shackelford, postdoctoral fellow of Arts@TheCore, an organization that works to link the arts with academic life at UNC, said the performance is unique.
“(The performance) will open your mind. Your breathing slows. It allows your mind to start asking questions,” he said.
Heather Tatreau, who teaches modern dance within the Department of Exercise and Sport Science, saw Cloud Gate a few years ago when they performed “Songs of the Wanderers” at Duke University.
“International choreographers in modern dance offer a really good perspective for an American audience and American dancers,” Tatreau said.
“Modern dance is known as an American art form, but just in the last 15 years, getting foreign companies to come here and bring their own take on modern dance is a nice perspective for us to see.”