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Representatives of Taipai Consulate will attend Feb. 28 Cloud Gate
performance at UI
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Representatives of the Taipei Consulate in Chicago
will attend the
Feb. 25 performance of the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan in the
University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium. Cloud Gate, the leading modern dance
company in Taiwan and one of the country's most prominent cultural institutions,
was founded and is directed by Lin Hwai-min, an alumnus of the UI Writers'
Representing the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Chicago will
be Yang Sheng-tsung, the director-general of the office; Eric C. C. Chiang,
director of the office's information division; Emma Choung-mei Tai, special
assistant in the information division; Bruce Hung, assistant in the Economic
and Cultural Office; scientists Leo W. Huang, a professor of chemistry
at Truman College of the City College of Chicago, and Jinn H. Wang, a heat
transfer specialist; and James S. S. Yen, vice-president of the Taiwan
Benevolent Association of Chicago.
Cloud Gate Dance Theatre will perform "Song of the Wanderers,"
inspired by the religious pilgrims of India at 8 p.m. Feb. 28 as part of
the FREEDOM Group Innovation Afoot Series. "Song of the Wanderers"
was choreographed by Lin, who received a Master of Fine Arts degree from
the UI Writers' Workshop in 1971. In addition to his writing degree, Lin
received his first training in modern dance while he was a student at the
Also a best-selling author in Taiwan, Lin has been recognized as one
of the most important cultural figures in Asia. In 1983 Jaycees International
named Lin one of the 10 outstanding young people in the world, and this
year Taiwan's leading magazine, "Common Wealth," designated him
one of the most influential figures of the last 200 years of Taiwan's history.
The South China Morning Post has called him "one of the greats of
the 20th century."
To create "Song of the Wanderers" he made several visits to
India, following the pathway of the historical Buddha. He sat and meditated
under the banyan tree where, according to tradition, the Buddha achieved
enlightenment. After the death of Iowa's Paul Engle, the long-time director
of the Writers' Workshop, Lin gave a leaf from that tree to Engle's widow,
writer Hualing Nieh, who still lives in Iowa City.
The FREEDOM Group is the corporate sponsor the Hancher's Innovation
Afoot Series, through the University of Iowa Foundation.
To purchase tickets to Cloud Gate, contact the Hancher box office: (319)
335-1160. Long distance within Iowa and western Illinois is toll-free,