Lin Hwai-min's Short List

Illustration by Miguel Santamarina for TIME

Through his work with Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, Taiwan's Lin Hwai-min has become one of Asia's most highly acclaimed choreographers, pioneering the genre of Chinese contemporary dance. His pieces incorporate striking imagery from diverse aspects of Chinese culture, including classic literature and Taiwanese history. Here are some of his inspirations:

The Dream of the Red Chamber
This literary classic was a major source of inspiration through many of my works. It's about decay — a glorious jubilation that gives way to precarious darkness. It's a book that has...

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