Guggenheim and Works & Process Present Images From Wind Shadow
Solomon R. Gugenheim Museum and Works & Process Present Images From Wind Shadow
Artist Cai Guo-Qiang and Lin Hwai-min of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan Collaborate in Conjunction with the Exhibition Cai Guo-Qiang: I Want to Believe
* *Thursday, April 3, 2:00pm & 8:00pm (ONE DAY ONLY) * *
"No company in the world dances like Cloud Gate. It presents a distinct and mature Chinese choreographic language. The importance of this evolution in Asian dance is no less profound than the impact of Forsythe's Ballett Frankfurt on European classical ballet." – Dance Europe
“In his art Cai Guo-Qiang creates a system of poetic analogies by mixing ancient and modern while injecting social commentary and, occasionally, art-historical references.” – Artforum
Images from Wind Shadow is made possible by Thomas Lee and
Cai Guo-Qiang majored in stage design at Shanghai Drama Institute (also known as
This collaboration with Lin Hwai-min on the production of the visually stunning and thought provoking Wind Shadow, which premiered at the National Theater in Taipei in 2006, began when Lin declined to participate in Cai’s project for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games owing to scheduling conflicts for Cloud Gate, and instead invited him to provide the company with the concept and visual direction for a stage work. Cai conceived of this piece as “moving installation art,” not just dance. The staging is a study of motion in the monochromatic palettes of black and white, light and shadow. In combination with choreographed lighting and video projections of Cai’s explosion events, dancers create a variety of allusions to shadows and reflections. Props of billowing flags and angel wings (on the dancers’ backs) help visualize wind, whereas endless swaths of black silk mimicking waterfalls and dancers in black allude to shadow. This collaboration rekindled Cai’s interest in the human body as a subject matter for his gunpowder drawings.
Images from Wind Shadow will start in the
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Founded in 1937, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of art, architecture, and other manifestations of visual culture, primarily of the modern and contemporary periods, and to the collection, conservation, and study of the art of our time. The Foundation realizes this mission through exceptional exhibitions, education programs, research initiatives, and publications, and strives to engage and educate an increasingly diverse international audience through its unique network of museums and cultural partnerships. Currently the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation owns and operates three museums: the
About Works & Process
For over 23 years and in over 300 productions, Works & Process has been a pioneer in creating ground-breaking, carefully crafted programs which uniquely blend performance and discussion, providing unprecedented access to today’s leading performing artists, choreographers, composers, writers, and directors. Works & Process capitalizes on the rich talent found only in
Lead funding for Works & Process is provided by The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation. Additional support provided by The Brown Foundation, Inc., The Geoffrey C. Hughes Foundation, The Christian Humann Foundation, Louisa Sarofim, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Inc, and The Evelyn Sharp Foundation.
Works & Process at the Guggenheim is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.
February 29, 2008
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