Songs of the Wanderers

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"A work of wild eroticism, contemplative mystery and ecstatic beauty.” — Chicago Sun-Times

"Visually stunning and exquisitely performed; the audience jumped up to offer a cheering ovation." — The New York Times

A masterpiece of imagination and timeless inner tranquility, Songs of the Wanderers, a visually stunning paean to spiritual pilgrimage, is a signature work of Taiwan’s leading contemporary dance company. Inspired by Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha, asceticism and the quest for quietude, Lin Hwai-min transforms ancient rites into mesmerizing dance theatre. Set to soulful Georgian folk songs, startlingly beautiful images are created through a blend of Eastern and Western dance styles, with absolute focus and control by the performers. The set is created from an astonishing three and a half tons of shimmering golden grains of rice that shower down on the stage throughout the piece.

For more information and videos of conversations between Artistic Director Lin Hwai-min and several noteworthy Chicagoans, please visit

Dance Styles
Modern / Contemporary
Traditional/Indigenous Dance


Auditorium Theatre

50 E Ida B Wells Dr
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 341-2300