The Auditorium Theatre concludes its video series from Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan - "Behind-the-Scenes: Creation of 13 Tongues" - with the final three episodes premiering May 13 and running through May 23. This will be a FREE streaming event available on the Auditorium Theatre's Facebook and YouTube channels. Episode 1 aired in November of 2020, and is no longer available online - however, it is not required viewing to enjoy Episodes 2-4.
Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan was scheduled to open the Auditorium Theatre's 2020-21 International Dance Series last September. The company will now be performing 13 Tongues in the Auditorium's 2022-23 International Dance Series. Dates TBD.
"Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan is a company we are always honored to present on our historic stage and we are now thrilled to present them virtually," said Auditorium Theatre CEO Rich Regan. "The conclusion of this behind-the-scenes series is a fantastic look at 13 Tongues, and we look forward to welcoming dance fans to the theatre to watch this beautiful piece in-person in 2022."
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 Auditorium Theatre's presentation of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan's Video Series is supported by ALPHAWOOD FOUNDATION CHICAGO.
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.
Episodes 2, 3, 4: Premieres Thursday, May 13 @ 6PM CDT. Available through Sunday, May 23.
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About The Auditorium Theatre
The Auditorium Theatre, located at 50 E Ida B Wells Dr at Roosevelt University in Chicago, is an Illinois not-for-profit organization committed to presenting the finest in international, cultural, community, and educational programming to all of Chicago and beyond as The Theatre for the People. The organization also is committed to the continued restoration and preservation of this National Historic Landmark.
The Auditorium Theatre 2020-21 Season is made possible in part with support from The Florian Fund, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the Illinois Arts Council Agency, and the Palmer House, a Hilton Hotel.
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Photos of 13 Tongues by LIU Chen-hsiang (top) and LEE Chia yeh (bottom).
Photo of Auditorium Theatre by Dori Eldridge.