Cloud Gate Theater
After a blaze destroyed its warehouse studio in 2008, Cloud Gate signed a B.O.T. contract with the New Taipei City government for a 40-year operating right to use the public land, under the condition that Cloud Gate provided its own funds for building and running the theater on the site. 4,155 individual and corporate donations, including a gift of US$ 5 million from the Alphawood Foundation Chicago, had made the construction of the Theater possible.
Cloud Gate Theater stands on a hill, adjacent to the Hobe Fort built in 1886 and Taiwan’s first golf course from 1919. With four performing spaces—a 450-seat main theater, two studio theaters, and a 1500-person capacity outdoor theater— along with a café and a restaurant, it not only presents performances by the two home-based companies and visiting troupes, but also functions as a production theater and a cultural hub of the Tamsui district.
Since its opening on April 24, 2015, Cloud Gate Theater had presented more than 200 performances and activities and greeted nearly 200,000 visitors from worldwide. For 2017, a year-round program of performing arts and art exhibitions has been schedule. In additional to companies in Taiwan, Cloud Gate Theater invites several remarkable international companies, including the Tao Dance Theater from China, the Finger Players from Singapore, the Pichet Klunchun Dance Company from Thailand, Israel Galván from Spain brings avant-garde Flamenco, and Ennio Marchetto from Italy presents one-man paper cartoon show.
Two Open Rehearsal programs of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre offer a rare glimpse of how Lin Hwai-min works with dancers, Spring Riot 2017 of Cloud Gate 2 showcases three young choreographers’ innovative works, and Cheng Tsung-lung, the artistic director of Cloud Gate 2, creates a new work Dream Catcher showing a kaleidoscopic dream at the theater as well.
More Than Just a Theater by David Mead