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CLOUD GATE DANCE THEATER

A roving, bounding symbol of Taiwan

The island's first professional dance company on Wednesday opens Next Wave Festival in New York with US premiere of its 2013 work, Rice

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A dancer with a quivering rattan stick in a sequence from "Rice", which has been choreographed by Lin Hwai-Min. The artists' moves combine Western classical dance techniques with Eastern "rounded" movements that draw on martial arts and tai chi.

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A dancer with a quivering rattan stick in a sequence from "Rice", which has been choreographed by Lin Hwai-Min (above). The artists' moves combine Western classical dance techniques with Eastern "rounded" movements that draw on martial arts and tai chi.

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A dancer with a quivering rattan stick in a sequence from "Rice", which has been choreographed by Lin Hwai-Min. The artists' moves combine Western classical dance techniques with Eastern "rounded" movements that draw on martial arts and tai chi (above).

Taipei City

MOST people in Taiwan are probably aware of the island's pre-eminent performance group, Cloud Gate Dance Theater, even if they have no interest in modern dance.

Board a bus or a subway here, and you may see images of the troupe's dancers emblazoned on the sides. Visit

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