Cloud Gate is the name of the oldest dance in China. In 1973, choreographer Lin Hwai-Min adopted this classical name for the first contemporary dance company in any Chinese speaking community. Hwai-Min is a writer-turned choreographer with the Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa. He studied dance in Taiwan and New York. Cloud Gate thrilled the Taiwan cultural scene when it came into being in the 1970s with an unbroken series of innovative dances and dance directions. Lin Hwai-min led the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre in their first public performance at Zhongshan Hall in Taipei in 1970. Dancers in Cloud Gate practice and perform using such diverse movement disciplines and artistic approaches as tai chi, meditation, martial arts, modern dance, and ballet.  a a  
 
                                            

Cloud Gate hold free annual performances in various cities in Taiwan which attract audiences of more than 60,000. Cloud Gate also has toured around the world from the Next Wave Festival in New York, Sadler’s Well & Barbican Centre in London, the Moscow Chekhov International Theatre Festival, and the Internationales Tranzfest NRW directed by Pina Bausch. Ballet-Dance Magazine said, “This is a company that you will enjoy, fall in love with, and want to see again”. In 1998, Cloud Gate 2 was established to perform for grass-roots communities and to encourage young choreographers in Taiwan. In recognition of its importance locally and internationally, on August 21, 2003, Taiwan’s government proclaimed “Cloud Gate Day” and named the street in which the company’s office resides –  “Cloud Gate Lane.” This was the first time in Taiwan’s history a day and place were named after a living artist or active artistic organisation.