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Ms YEH Wenwen, Executive Director, Cloud Gate Dance Foundation

One of the most experienced and senior performing arts managers in Taiwan, Yeh Wen-wen holds a Master of Fine Arts in Performing Arts Management from Brooklyn College, City University of New York.

 

Yeh joined Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan in 1991 as Company Manager and was promoted to General Manager in 1998. In 2003, she became the Executive Director of Cloud Gate Dance Foundation, providing direction and leadership to two companies in achieving Cloud Gate’s mission, strategies and annual goals. Yeh has been entrusted with the responsibility of building Cloud Gate's new home, Cloud Gate Tamsui Center, since the old studio was destroyed by fire in 2008.

 

Working with Lin Hwai-min for more than 30 years, Yeh has worked closely with Cloud Gate’s professional team to present more than 2,454 performances since 1991 in Taiwan and overseas.  

 

Cloud Gate Dance Foundation

Established in 1988, Cloud Gate Dance Foundation, a not-for-profit organization, presents over 140 performances of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan and Cloud Gate 2 annually. In addition to performances, the Foundation promotes arts and culture through outreach and public programs while also conducts two scholarship programs for young artists and talents.

 

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan

Cloud Gate is the name of the oldest known dance in China. In 1973, choreographer Lin Hwai-min adopted this classical name for the first contemporary dance company in the greater Chinese-speaking community. Through Lin Hwai-min’s choreographies the company transforms ancient aesthetics into a thrilling and modern celebration of motion. Cloud Gate has toured extensively with frequent engagements in prominent international festivals and venues including the Next Wave Festival in New York, the Sadler's Wells Theatre in London, the Moscow Chekhov International Theatre Festival, and the Movimentos Festival (Germany).

 

Cloud Gate 2

Founded in 1999 by Lin Hwai-min, Cloud Gate 2 showcases original works of young Taiwanese choreographers to a new generation of audience in Taiwan and abroad. It also tours campuses, grass-root communities and remote villages in Taiwan. In 2012, Cloud Gate 2 made its first appearance in the Joyce Theater New York and returned in 2013. Its footsteps also extend to Düsseldorf, Shanghai, Beijing, and Hong Kong.

 

Cloud Gate Tamsui Center

Cloud Gate suffered a significant set-back in 2008 when its studio was destroyed in a fire. The donations after the fire encouraged Cloud Gate to build a sustainable home base. In 2009, Cloud Gate signed a B.O.T. contract with New Taipei City, Taiwan, allowing it to build a new complex and to operate it for 50 years in maximum. Cloud Gate’s new home, to be inaugurated in 2015, will be a performing arts center with a 450-seat fully equipped theatre, an outdoor stage in a lawn that sits 2000 people, and sizable professional studios. The new complex will not only be the home for Cloud Gate’s creations but also host guest performances, outdoor events, technical tryouts, exhibitions and a café.

 

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