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The Aitareya Brahmana, a sacred Indian text associated with the Rig Veda, exhorted the spiritually minded to travel: "The feet of the wanderer are like the flower, his soul is growing and reaping the fruit; and all his sins are destroyed by his fatigues in wandering. Therefore, wander!" The passage, and a trip to Bodhgaya, where the Buddha attained enlightenment under a bodhi tree, inspired Taiwanese choreographer Lin Hwai-min to create Songs of the Wanderers (pictured), a 90-minute performance by Taiwan's Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, performed this Thursday through Saturday at the American Dance Festival. Over three tons of polished and dyed rice are used in the course of the work. It cascades like a waterfall over a monk who stands in peaceful meditation, and makes a river of life for an ensemble of 16 women and men to journey through. Berlin's Ballet International calls it "a grand purification ritual," while Taipei's Min Sheng Daily calls it "an act of Zen." Call 684-4444 for details. --Byron Woods

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