Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan - "Behind-the-Scenes: Creation of 13 TONGUES" Episode 1

Event Type
Online Event
Event Description

Premieres @ 6PM CST on November 13, 2020

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The Auditorium Theatre announced a video series from Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan – “Behind-the-Scenes: Creation of 13 Tongues” – with four episodes starting November 13 through the spring of 2021. This will be a FREE streaming event available on the Auditorium Theatre’s Facebook and YouTube channels. Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan was scheduled to open the Auditorium Theatre’s 2020-21 International Dance Series this fall, and will be rescheduled to a future season.



“Behind-the-Scenes: Creation of 13 Tongues”

Episode 1: Premieres November 13 @ 6PM CST (approximately 50 minutes long and available through November 23 @ 11:59PM CST)

Episodes 2, 3, 4: Coming in Winter/Spring of 2021

Available for FREE – streaming on Auditorium Theatre’s Facebook and YouTube channels.


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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 first episode of this four-part series premieres on November 13 @ 6PM CST, and features CHENG’s full-length piece Beckoning (2015), considered a prologue to 13 Tongues as some of its images, especially the movement styles and colors, can be seen in Beckoning.

The first episode also includes a 10-minute segment that introduces a behind-the-scenes exploration of the creation of 13 Tongues.

Photo by LIU Chen-hsiang. 13 Tongues Performed by Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan.

Running Time
50 minutes