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US-based foundation donates US$5 million to Cloud Gate

The Cloud Gate Dance Theatre (雲門舞集) said yesterday that they recently received a US$5 million (NT$150 million) donation from the Alphawood Foundation Chicago (芝加哥阿法伍德基金會). The money will be used in the construction of their new Cloud Gate Tamshi Park (雲門淡水園區).

According to Cloud Gate, the money is the largest donation they have ever received. The contributor, Alphawood Foundation Chicago, requested that the money be used for the construction of the new Cloud Gate Tamshi Park.

“Cloud Gate, founded by the famous choreographer Lin Hwai-min (林懷明) in 1937, is one of the best modern dance troupes in Asia. We are glad to support them to build an artistic park in Tamsui and promote art and social services to more people,” the foundation said.

Lin also expressed his appreciation, saying “I appreciate all support from local and international kindness. Cloud Gate will make more efforts to offer more services to the society. We want to make everyone proud of us,” Lin said.

The Alphawood Foundation Chicago is known to be involved in social welfare issues, including art education for children, design and preservation of buildings, prevention of domestic violence and other activities. It sponsors over 200 projects every year.

The foundation had already helped Cloud Gate perform in Chicago four times in the past, including works such as “Songs of the Wanderers (流浪者之歌),” “Moon Water (水月),” “Water Stains on the Wall (屋漏痕)” and “Wild Cursive (狂草).”

The rehearsal room of Cloud Gate in Bali Township (八里鄉), New Taipei City was destroyed by fire in 2008. Entrepreneurs, as well as citizens in Taiwan, raised funds which were later used to launch a cultural park, construction of which has been finished and is scheduled to be opened spring 2015.

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