The acclaimed Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan comes to Berkeley with a magical performance celebrating the lifecycle and natural beauty of the island's essential crop: rice. Against a stunning video backdrop showcasing the vistas of the Chihshang growing region, 24 dancers combine modern dance and martial arts, ballet and qigong to become wind-rippled paddies, erotic agents of springtime germination, and fire walkers returning scorched seed to soil. Using bamboo sticks to symbolize field implement, slender stalk, and weapon, they prod the seasons and coax valley rains as the sounds of Taiwanese folk songs and Bellini arias waft in the wind. Experience Rice at Cal Performances' Zellerbach Hall.
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