Message of International Dance Day 2013
Message from Lin Hwai-min, Founder/Artistic Director, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan
It is said in the Great Preface of "The Book of Songs,"
an anthology of Chinese poems dating from the 10th to the 7th century BC:
"The emotions are stirred and take form in words.
If words are not enough, we speak in sighs.
If sighs are not enough, we sing them.
If singing is not enough, then unconsciously
our hands dance them and our feet tap them."
Dance is a powerful expression.
It speaks to earth and heaven.
It speaks of our joy, our fear and our wishes.
Dance speaks of the intangible, yet reveals the state of mind of a person and
the temperaments and characters of a people.
Like many cultures in the world, the indigenous people in Taiwan dance in circle.
Their ancestors believed that evils would be kept out of the circle.
With hands linked, they share the warmth of each other and move in communal pulses.
Dance brings people together.
And dance happens at the vanishing point.
Movements disappear as they occur.
Dance exists only in that fleeting instant.
It is precious. It is a metaphor of life itself.
In this digital age, images of movements take millions of forms.
They are fascinating.
But, they can never replace dance because images do not breathe.
Dance is a celebration of life.
Come, turn off your television, switch off your computer, and come to dance.
Express yourself through that divine and dignified instrument, which is our body.
Come to dance and join people in the waves of pulses.
Seize that precious and fleeting moment.
Come to celebrate life with dance.
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The celebration of International Dance Day 2013 took place Monday April 29th, 2013 at Grande Halle de la Villette in Paris, at 8 pm. The Taiwanese choregrapher Lin Hwai-min, author of this year's message, and his company Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taïwan were the guests of the 2013 edition of International Dance Day.
Program of the evening:
- Reading of the international message 2013 by Lin Hwai-min
- Film presenting excerpts from Lin Hwai-min's works
- Performances choreographed by Lin Hwai-min and presented by dancers from Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan:
- Excerpts of Moon Water,music by Jean-Sebastien Bach, selections from Six suites for solo cello
- Excerpt of Cursive, music by Qu Xiao-song
- Excerpts of Pine Smoke, music by John Cage
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The event is organized in partnership with the Taiwanese Cultural Centre, the Taiwanese Ministry of Culture, the Parc de La Villette and the Centre National de la Danse.
Free entrance by invitation
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Monday, April 29th 2013, 8pm
Grande Halle de la Villette
119 avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris
Metro Porte de Pantin