Cheng Tsung-Lung has always been fascinated by his mother's stories about “13 Tongues,” a street artist in the 1960s. This legendary story-teller was said being able 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 13 Tongues, Cheng transforms his childhood memory of the Taoist rites and bustling street life of Bangka into a fantasy world.
The metallic sound of a hand bell unfolds the soundscape that fuses Taiwan folk songs, Japanese nakashi tunes and electronic music. Against a bizarre projection reminiscent of colours of temples, dancers move in grounded positions, traveling in serpentine patterns. They chant mysterious mantras, stomp, stagger and tremble like enchanted shamans, until the light dims down and glaring fluorescent patterns on their costumes flow through the space, as if thousands of wandering spirits from the old Bangka were evoked. A Goddess floats up and flies over the head of black-clad celebrants. A koi fish appears in the projection, wiggling its tail, and disappears into nowhere....
Part real, part dream, this full-length work takes audience on a journey as mesmerizing as the stories told by 13 Tongues, where lines between spheres of deities, spirits and human beings are subtly dissolved.
Choreographer: Cheng Tsung-Lung
Music: Lim Giong
Art Designer: He Jia-sing
Lighting Designer: Shen Po-hung
Projection Designer: Ethan WANG
Costume Designer: Lin Bing-hao
Voice Coach: Cai Bozhang
Rehearsal Director: Chen Qiu-yin
What has been said about 13 Tongues
is ultra-Taiwanese, mesmerizing, wild and awesome!"
"In 13 Tongues
, every single element, from choreography to dancers, music to voice, art to costume, lighting to projection image, is exerted to the extreme... so full of energy..., which created a mysterious and psychedelic soundscape just like a huge black hole that sucks you in, seeps through you, and unwittingly takes over your consciousness."
without doubt, leaves a distinct Mark of the Era . . ."
- Online Performing Arts Review
"The dancers take turn, on stage in the dark, to have their costumes changed from black to neon colours, which echoed and blended into the flowing projection images, and turned the entire stage into a fascinating watercolour painting, forming a mysterious visual effect."
What has been said about Cloud Gate 2:
“Talent and skill require little translation… Cloud Gate 2 has those virtues, it’s only right that they should be shared with the rest of the world.”
- The New York Times
“A youthful and vibrant company.”
- Dance Europe
“This is a company that you will enjoy, fall in love with, and want to see again.”
- Ballet-Dance Magazine
“A troupe of unusually polished and expressive young dancers.”
- Oberon’s Grove
“The ensemble exhibits potent technique, guts and believability.”
- Infinite Body