Song of Pensive Beholding - Legend Lin Dance Theatre of Taiwan
Acclaimed in Europe and the US, now making its highly anticipated Hong Kong début
"Every motion in this dance takes my breath away" – Guy Darmet, Artistic Director, Lyon Dance Biennial
Hailed as "a genius choreographer in Taiwan's dance scene", Lin Lee-chen founded the Legend Lin Dance Theatre in 1995. Meditative and majestically elegant, the group's unique approach has made it a favourite at renowned international festivals such as Festival d'Avignon, Lyon Dance Biennial and Festival de Otoño, where the group has attracted a host of enthusiastic admirers.
In 2002, Lin was named among the eight most significant choreographers in the world by ARTE, one of the most important art and culture television channels in Europe. The group's original language of dance, which is not beholden to any overseas schools, helped Lin to receive Taiwan's most prestigious award for arts in 2005.
A flagship production of Taiwan's CKS Cultural Center in 2009, Song of Pensive Beholding took Lin nine years to create and refine. As the finale of her Heaven, Earth and Man trilogy, the dance work is imbued with the intensity and spiritual essence of ritual theatre, expressing its concern for the Earth through the mythical story of a race of eagles. Stripped to the minimal, Lin's reductionist yet powerful dance vocabulary interweaves with the sets, building dense visual imagery and symbolic meaning. Having visited different local tribes to collect traditional folk crafts, Lin teamed up with Oscar-winning art director Tim Yip to design costumes and props that create an exquisite yet potent visual impact and a truly eastern aesthetic encounter.
Lin Lee-chen brings Legend Lin Dance Theatre to Hong Kong for the first time, generating an unparalleled spiritual encounter distilled from her own life experience and reflections on art and the soul.