(b Taiwan, 19 Feb. 1947)
Taiwanese choreographer and director. He studied Chinese opera movement in Taiwan, classical court dance in Japan and Korea and modern dance in New York, founding Cloud Gate Dance Theatre in 1973. Some of his works, such as Songs of the Wanderers (1994), have drawn on Asian literary sources while his choreography has developed a distinctive blend of traditional Eastern theatre styles with Western dance techniques. The visual imagery of his work is central to many of his productions, with the use of mirrors, lighting, and painted surfaces amplifying the choreography of works such as Moonwater (mus. Bach 1998) and Wild Cursive (mus. several, 2005) His works, which tour internationally, are in the repertories of some foreign companies including Smoke (2002) for Zurich Ballet. In 1983 Lin founded the dance department at Taiwan's National Institute of the Arts, and in 2000 he became artistic director of the Novel Dance Series, bringing experimental dance artists to Taiwan. He has also directed opera, including Rashomon at Graz (1996) and Tosca in Taiwan (2002). He contributed choreography to Guillem's solo in Sacred Monsters (2006). He is recipient of the Raman Magsaysay award, among many others.
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