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Two dancers, flooded by neon costumes in light. One performer stands above another, looking down, while the other faces the camera, arm obscuring their eye. The background has peach and pink streaks of light, while their costumes glow neon greens, pinks, and blues.

Dublin Dance Festival: 13 Tongues at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

14 - 15 May 2024, 7:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Grand Canal Square, Docklands, Dublin



Enter an exquisite and fantastical world as the astonishing Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan return to Dublin Dance Festival and Bord Gáis Energy Theatre to open Dublin Dance Festival’s 2024 Edition.

13 Tongues brings to life Artistic Director CHENG Tsung-lung’s cherished childhood memories of the sights, sounds and vitality of Taipei’s historic Bangka district. Cheng’s inspiration stems from his mother’s tales of “Thirteen Tongues,” the renowned 1960s street artist and storyteller, who masterfully conjured up Bangka’s many characters in his vivid performances.

Beginning and ending with the sound of a single hand bell, the evocative musical score interweaves Taiwanese folk songs, Taoist chant, and electronica to bring us on a journey from the ancient to the contemporary. Amidst light projections of brilliant colours, shapes, and images, the Cloud Gate dancers perform with astounding control, fluidity and grace. Together, they create an immersive and exhilarating representation of Bangka’s bustling street life, bridging generations of behaviours and beliefs.

For group bookings of 10 or more, or if you have any access needs, please contact the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre by calling +353 (0) 1 677 77 70 or by emailing groups@bgetheatre.ie.

An audio described performance of 13 Tongues will take place on Wednesday 15 May, as well as a post-show talk. 

Fore more information and to book, visit dublindancefestival.ie

Asia’s leading contemporary dance company returns to Bord Gáis Energy Theatre to open the 2024 Dublin Dance Festival. With astounding control and fluidity, the Cloud Gate dancers conjure a thrilling representation of the sights, sounds and vitality of Taipei’s oldest district.

13 Tongues runs at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre 14 and 15 May 2024. Images courtesy of LEE Chia-yeh and Dublin Dance Festival.

An immersive and exhilarating representation of Bangka’s bustling street life, bridging generations of behaviours and beliefs.

13 Tongues runs at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre 14 and 15 May 2024. Images courtesy of LEE Chia-yeh and Dublin Dance Festival.


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