Cloud Gate approaches….

In what may be the most comprehensive marketing campaign I’ve ever seen, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan’s visit to Chicago next week might be the most highly anticipated event of the season. Three of our heavy hitters of the Chicago dance scene – The Joffrey Ballet, Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, and the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago –  teamed together to bring the company and its legendary work Songs of the Wanderers to our city for a two performance engagement at the Auditorium.

Founder/Artistic Director Lin Hwai-min’s Songs of the Wanderers is a timeless work inspired by Siddhartha’s quest for enlightenment. The dancers must demonstrate a rigorous patience and focus while navigating three and a half tons of golden rice pouring from the sky. I won’t belabor you with reasons why you should see this, but instead will simply say:

Don’t.  Miss. It.

In a cheeky move, Lindsay Schlesser took a few pictures of Cloud Gate at Cloud Gate (you know, The Bean? Yeah, that thing is actually called Cloud Gate).



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Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan performs Songs of the Wanderers Friday March 14 (7:30pm) and Sunday March 16 (3:00pm) at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Pkwy.  Tickets are $28-68, available in person at the Box Office, by calling 312.369.8330, or online.


Lauren Warnecke

Author: Lauren Warnecke

Lauren Warnecke is a freelance writer and editor, focused on dance and cultural criticism in Chicago and across the Midwest. Lauren is the dance critic for the Chicago Tribune, editor of See Chicago Dance, and founder/editor of Art Intercepts, with bylines in Chicago Magazine, Milwaukee Magazine, St. Louis Magazine and Dance Media publications, among others. Holding degrees in dance and kinesiology, Lauren is an instructor of dance and exercise science at Loyola University Chicago.