14 - 15 May 2024


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Icon Approx. 65 minutes with no interval.

Asia’s leading contemporary dance company 13 TONGUES- CLOUD GATE DANCE THEATRE OF TAIWAN comes to Bord Gáis Energy Theatre to open the 2024 Dublin Dance Festival.

SPECIAL EFFECTS: This production may contain Strobe Lighting, Flashing Lights, Smoke, and Haze.


AGE GUIDANCE: Under 16’s must be accompanied by and seated next to a parent/guardian aged 18+.

No under 3’s permitted in the auditorium.


*Performance schedule and times are subject to change and may be affected by illness or events beyond the producers’ or venues’ control.

Performers, dates, times, prices, and fees are subject to change without notice.

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

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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.


Dublin Dance Festival is supported by The Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaíon and Dublin City Council. 

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