Performance Time: 2014/10/31 11/1 (Fri.-Sat.) 8:00pm
Performance Venue: Opera Hall, Guangzhou Opera House
Price: RMB 80 180 280 480 (sold out) 680 880 1080
"If you missed this show by Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan… you missed perfection. This 70-minute tribute to the strokes, whorls and infinite graduations of Chinese calligraphy concentrates the audience's attention with an authority that only a great performance can achieve." - Sunday Age, Melbourne
Part two of "Cursive: A Trilogy," "Pine Smoke" will bring you along a journey into the ancient practice of movement and spirituality.
In 2001, Lin Hwai-min explored the possibilities of applying movement principles of traditional disciplines and created Cursive, with its title derived from Chinese calligraphy.
Calligraphers have insisted that there are five shadings in ink. While Cursive is solemn and dignified with intense blackness in costumes and projected characters, Cursive II - which premiered in 2003 -explores the nuances of lighter shadings of ink. To make the title more metaphorical, Cursive II was later renamed as Pine Smoke.
A work of delicate lyricism, Pine Smoke celebrates the elegance of calligraphy and the power of emptiness. Instead of calligraphy, close-ups of crackled traces of porcelain are projected on the cyclorama. As the dance proceeds, the color of the projected images gradually evolves from shining white to different shades of brown, just like rice paper aging through time.
"Incredibly, amazingly, so fluently that it has an air of unreality, Cursive II [Pine Smoke] does just this,” wrote the Sydney Morning Herald. “Slow-motion unfurling of arms and legs is so smoothly paced that you could wonder at times if there is movement at all.
Throughout the work, the dancers' presence is designed to counterpoint and accentuate the blank space, holding the stage in great intensity. Pine Smoke is an exquisite meditation on the Asian perception of emptiness.
Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan is the name of the oldest known dance company in China. In 1973, choreographer Lin Hwai-min adopted this classical name for the first contemporary dance company in any Chinese speaking community.