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Cloud Gate Dance
Theatre of Taiwan

Lin Hwai-Min, Artistic Director

January 22–23, 2016


Set against the expansive panorama of Taiwan's living, breathing rice paddies, pioneering Chinese choreographer Lin Hwai-Min's production Rice creates an immersive landscape for the dancers of his company, the esteemed Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan. Trained in meditation, martial arts, modern dance, and ballet, the dancers transform ancient aesthetics into transporting modern celebrations of motion, here exploring the human drama of environmental devastation and resurrection through the life cycle of a humble plant. "Lin attains a sharply moving synthesis of man and nature, east and west, death and rebirth. Rice becomes a dance of the elements, Lin's own song of the earth" (The Guardian, London).

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Berkeley RADICAL Thematic Explorations: Aesthetic Responses to the Natural World/Soundscapes
Art inspired by the natural world is a particularly rich programmatic vein in the 2015-16 season, correlating to the centenary of the creation of the National Parks System. We explore artistic, spiritual, and creative responses to the natural world in twin symposia associated with Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan's production of Rice (Jan 23) and St Louis Symphony's performance of Messaien's Des canyons aux étoiles... ("From the Canyons to the Stars") with spectacular images by Deborah O'Grady (Jan 30). This exploration includes the eco ensemble's performance of Kaija Saariaho's Notes on Light (Oct 23), and the Kronos Quartet with Terry Riley's Sunrings (May 1).

Community Dance Class
Sat, Jan 23, 11 am–12:30 pm
Bancroft Studio
A Cloud Gate company member leads a community class including technique and choreographic phrases from the current work. For all ages and abilities. Advanced registration required.

Berkeley RADICAL Artistic Residencies and Public Events
Symposium: Artists, Aesthetics and the Natural World [part 1]
Sat, Jan 23, 1–5 pm
David Brower Center, Berkeley
This symposium is the first of two on the topic of artistic response to the natural world. To find out more or attend both, look for the St. Louis Symphony's performance of Des canyons aux étoiles... on January 30 at the same location.

1:00–2:15 pmArtist Talk with Artistic Director Lin Hwai-min
and SanSan Kwan, UC Berkeley Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies.

2:30–3:40 pmNature, Buddhism, and Buddhist Aesthetics
Rice was conceived as a meditation on life cycles exemplified by the working of the land. Art historians Katharine Burnett of UC Davis and Patricia Berger of UC Berkeley talk with Robert Sharf, Director of UC Berkeley’s Center for Buddhist Studies to explore the relationship of Buddhist practice and aesthetics to this production. Moderated by Sabrina Klein, Director of Artistic Literacy, Cal Performances.

3:50–5 pmRice: Connection to Earth
Yen-ling Tsai, Cultural Anthropologist and organic farmer, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan speaks with Sara Tashker, Director, Green Gulch Farm of the SF Zen Center and Rob Bailis, Associate Director, Cal Performances about the close cultural connections between working the land and creativity.


Cal Performances would like to acknowledge the thoughtful contributions to the content of this event from The David Brower Center, the UC Berkeley Centers for Chinese and Buddhist Studies, and the Berkeley Food Initiative.

Major support for public programs provided by Bank of America.

Donor Event: Tech Rehearsal with Cloud Gate Theatre of Taiwan
January 21, 2015
Zellerbach Hall
(Donors of $450+)

In pioneering Chinese choreographer Lin Hwai-Min’s latest production Rice, he has set his dancers against an immersive landscape depicting Taiwan’s living, breathing rice paddies. In this exclusive tech rehearsal, enjoy an up close view of the dancers—trained in meditation, martial arts, modern dance, and ballet—and develop a deeper understanding of how production elements and talent come together.

Membership benefits like these are our way of thanking our supporters for their much needed contributions. To find out how you can become a Donor, please call 510.643.8783 or visit our Support section.

Program Notes

Program notes are available online. [PDF]

Parking Alerts

Parking may be a problem on campus for the Jan 23 performance due to a Cal men's basketball game. Please see our Parking Alert section for more information.


Trailer for Rice

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Fri, Jan 22, 8 pm
Sat, Jan 23, 8 pm