※70 minutes without intermission
※Suggested for ages 7+
In ancient folklore, a lunar halo is a sign foreboding changes, while scientifically it appears when the moonlight is refracted by 22 degrees through millions of ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere. In his new dance piece 22° Lunar Halo, CHENG Tsung-lung draws on this natural phenomenon to explore the themes of human anxieties, struggles, desires, love and loneliness in the lunatic, ever-changing world. Set to the music by the internationally renowned Icelandic band Sigur Rós, CHENG unfolds an exotic modern fable, as 14 dancers, like mystic animals, squeeze one another, creep, mate, fight, and kill on the deep-black mirror floor.
Visual Design and Direction
CHENG Tsung-lung, Artistic Director
From hawking slippers on the streets of Taipei in childhood, CHENG Tsung-lung has grown into the Artistic Director of Cloud Gate 2 since 2014. Inspired by the dynamics of street life, his breathtaking works have been seen as a fresh and unique voice in the international dance world. He will become the Artistic Director of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan since 2020 after LIN Hwai-min’s retirement.
Cloud Gate 2
Cloud Gate 2 was founded in 1999 by LIN Hwai-min, focusing on showcasing talented young choreographers and dancers from Taiwan. Since 2014, choreographer CHENG Tsung-lung has served as its artistic director. The Company has been acclaimed in venues and festivals worldwide, including Fall for Dance Festival and the Joyce Theater in New York; Sadler’s Wells in London; Internationale Tanzmesse NRW in Düsseldorf; Esplanade-Theatres on the Bay in Singapore; and major cities in China. It also reaches out to thousands of people by holding free outdoor performances and residency programs on campuses and in grass-roots communities in Taiwan.
Choreography / CHENG Tsung-lung
Music / Sigur Rós
Music Direction / Kjartan Holm
Visual Design and Direction / Jam WU
Lighting Design / SHEN Po-hung
Video Design / Ethan WANG
Costume Design / CHEN Shao-yen
Commissioned by National Performing Arts Center－National Taichung Theater, National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying), National Theater & Concert Hall
An Icelandic post-rock titan, Sigur Rós has been famed for crafting ethereal soundscapes with melodic, classical, experimental and minimalist elements, and has received huge accolade since its debut in 1994. Published in 1998, the band’s second album “Ágætis Byrjun” is still deemed “the last great album in the 20th Century.”
Sigur Rós means victory rose, named after the singer Jonsi’s little sister.
An Icelandic composer and musician, Kjartan Holm has a broad background in various fields in music. He has collaborated with a diverse group of composers, including the iconic post-rock band Sigur Rós in albums, tours and experimental projects; renowned composer Jóhann Jóhannsson and Hildur Guenadóttir in movie soundtracks; American composer and sound engineer Paul Corley in multimedia events; and visual and performance artist Egill Sæbjörnsson in the Venice Biennale. His solo debut album is to be published in 2019.
Graduating from Graduate Institute of Drama and Theatre at National Taiwan Univeristy, SHEN Po-hung has created his personal marks on lighting design through in-depth reading into interdisplinary fields. SHEN currently works as a freelance designer and his designs encompass works in dance, drama, concert, and special event. He has collaborated with CHENG Tsung-lung for many years, designing credits includes 13 Tongues (2016), Beckoning (2015), Dorian Gray (2014), Blue Hour (2013), and On the Road (2011).
One of the most active projection designers in Taiwan, Ethan WANG has received numerous awards including the winner of “World Stage Design 2013 New Media Award” and the “7th Knight of Illumination Awards 2015,” respectively for his projection designs for Cloud Gate’s Water Stains on the Wall and RICE. His projection design for 13 Tongues won him the silver award at the World Stage Design 2017. He also served as the visual art designer for Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei and the guest art designer for the Hua-sham Art District, Taipei. In 2006, he founded his own studio “Over Quality,” devoting in digital graphic animation creations.
A graduate from Central Saint Martins, CHEN Shao-yen founded his namesake womenswear label SHAO YEN in 2010 and has since been a regular participant in London and Paris fashion weeks, showcasing designs incorporating practicality with unconventional materials and structures. CHEN has gained great recognition through a wide range of projects and exhibitions, including Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Rotterdam, Lane Crawford in Beijing, the Calais lace Museum in France as well as National Palace Museum in Taiwan. Since 2016 he has participated in artist Yang-tze Tong’s “From Ink to Apparel” exhibition for three consecutive times. In 2018, CHEN was invited to collaborated with Cloud Gate 2 for the first time, designing costumes for the annual “Spring Riot.”