In the 16th century, Portuguese sailors landed on an island off the Chinese mainland: "Formosa", the beautiful, charming one. The beauty of the island of Taiwan provided the inspiration for Lin Hwai-min's choreography Formosa. Lin has drawn on the landscape as well as the historical records for his latest piece for the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan. A vibrant universe of full of love, tragedies, hope and rebirth is conveyed through dance, calligraphy and song.
The choreography traces the human community in its shifting social permutations, where tribal rituals and urban bustle ultimately seem to merge into one. This takes place against a backdrop onto which interweaving and overlapping Chinese characters are projected. Lacking specific meanings, they merge into teeming thickets evoking myriad images: mountains and rivers, earthquakes and tsunamis, ancient inscriptions and a black sun. They seem to imply that the written word is a precarious vehicle for memories, constantly shifting its meaning over the course of history.
The choreography is accompanied by the Taiwanese singer Sangpuy, who won "Best Album of the Year" at the 2017 Golden Melody Awards, Taiwan's most important music prize.
A coproduction of National Performing Arts Center–National Theater & Concert Hall, Taiwan, R.O.C. I National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying), Taiwan, R.O.C. I Sadler’s Wells, London, UK I Théâtre de la Ville–Paris, France I Carolina Performing Arts, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I Movimentos Festwochen der Autostadt in Wolfsburg, Germany