Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan

Published: November 24, 2020


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 was scheduled to open the Auditorium Theatre’s 2020-21 International Dance Series this fall, and will be rescheduled to a future season.

Event Information

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

Episode 1: Aired November 12-23, 2020

Episodes 2, 3, 4: Coming in Winter/Spring of 2021

Available for FREE – streaming on Auditorium Theatre’s Facebook and YouTube channels.

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.

The first episode of this four-part series aired November 13-23, 2020 and featured CHENG’s full-length piece Beckoning (2015), considered a prologue to 13 Tongues. The first episode also included a 10-minute segment that introduces a behind-the-scenes exploration of the creation of 13 Tongues.

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.