Two new innovative Chinese dances are to be performed at the Shanghai Oriental Art Center from November 7 to 10.

Taiwan’s Cloud Gate Dance Theater and Beijing’s Tao Dance Theater exchanged respective choreographers for the creation of “Multiplication” and “12,” and they will be staged together with “Autumn Water.” It will be Cloud Gate Dance founder and choreographer Lin Hwai-min’s last work before his retirement.

Cheng Tsung-lung, the designated successor of Cloud Gate’s Lin, led Tao Dance Theater performers in the creation of “Multiplication.” On the other side, Tao Dance founder Tao Ye went to Taipei to create innovative work for Cloud Gate dancers on “12.”

The “exchange” idea came from a leisurely chat between Cheng and Tao. The two renowned Mesozoic choreographers agreed to the challenge of escaping their comfort zones and set out to grow in the uncertainty of the situation.

The idea had been encouraged and supported by Lin, who decided to join the “exchange” with his work “Autumn Water.”

Cheng’s wild and powerful choreographing style embraces Tao’s tenacity and Lin’s tranquility in the performance, which also serves as part of the ongoing 21st China Shanghai International Arts Festival.

Performance info

Date: November 7-8, 7:15pm; November 9, 2pm, 7:15pm; November 10, 2pm
Tickets: 80-880 yuan
Venue: Shanghai Oriental Art Center
Address: 425 Dingxiang Rd, Pudong New Area