Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan

Published: April 27, 2021


The Auditorium Theatre announced a four-episode video series from Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan – “Behind-the-Scenes: Creation of 13 Tongues“. This will be a FREE streaming event available on the Auditorium Theatre’s Facebook and YouTube channels.

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan will perform 13 Tongues during the Auditorium Theatre’s 2022-23 International Dance Series.

Event Information

“Behind-the-Scenes: Creation of 13 Tongues”

Episode 1: Aired November 12-23, 2020  THIS EVENT HAS PASSED. If you missed Episode 1 in November, it is no longer available online. However, Episode 1 is not required viewing to enjoy Episodes 2-4.

Episodes 2, 3, 4: Premieres May 13 @ 6PM CDT! Runs through May 23 only.

Available for FREE – streaming on Auditorium Theatre’s Facebook and YouTube channels.  Approximate running time is 38 minutes.

Created by Cloud Gate’s Artistic Director CHENG Tsung-lung, 13 Tongues is based on his mother’s stories about a street artist in the 1960s named Thirteen Tongues. This legendary story-teller was said to portray multiple roles of all walks of life in Bangka, the oldest district in Taipei City, rich with temples, religious rites, and festive parades. In this piece, CHENG transforms his childhood memory of the Taoist rites and bustling street life of Bangka into a fantasy world.

Photo by LIU Chen-hsiang. 13 Tongues Performed by Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan.

The Auditorium Theatre’s presentation of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan’s Video Series is supported by

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan’s Dance-on-Camera digital presentation is made possible in part by a major grant from
Ministry of Culture, R.O.C. (Taiwan) and Taipei Cultural Center in New York.


The Times (UK) has called Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan “Asia’s leading contemporary dance company” and tomorrow we are thrilled to present their behind-the-scenes look at13 Tongues, a dance creation rooted in Taiwanese culture.

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