Thicker Than Water

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INVADING ARMY: Taipei's residents flocked to see China's fabled terracotta warriors in July

Beijing theatergoers enjoyed a long-awaited treat last month. To stately phrases from some of Bach's cello suites, one of the world's most acclaimed contemporary dance troupes glided through 70 minutes of mesmerizing, Tai Chi-inspired choreography, culminating in a finale that saw the stage flooded with water. Taiwan's Cloud Gate Dance Theatre has presented its signature work, Moon Water, to ovations worldwide, but given the political rivalry between Taiwan and China, the company's recent turn in Beijing — its first in 14 years — was far from just another tour date.

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