Taiwan dance troupe returns to UC Berkeley

Six years ago, Taiwan’s Cloud Gate Dance Theater delighted Berkeley audiences with its one-of-a-kind movement form that blends modern dance, traditional ballet, martial arts and qigong, a Chinese discipline that combines breathing, body movement and meditation. Now Cloud Gate, which was founded 49 years ago, returns to UC Berkeley and Cal Performances with a new work called “13 Tongues.”

The piece, according to the organizers of the event, was created in 2016 by the company’s artistic director, Cheng Tsung-lung, from his memories of the flourishing city of Taipei, which he translates here into “a world fantastic and vibrant, where neon lights and urban sounds mingle with religious rites and the city’s festive parades, all set to music by Taiwanese composer, actor, DJ and electronic music star Lim Giong, who mixes religious songs, folk songs and electronica in its score.

Expect a stunning performance with colorful, evocative costumes and lighting when Cloud Gate performs at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Zellerbach Hall on the UC Berkeley campus. Tickets cost between $29 and $92; visit calperformances.org.

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