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Water Stains on the Wall

When: Thu., Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m. and Fri., Oct. 7, 8 p.m. 2011

The Cloud Gate company has been a frequent and much-loved visitor to the Triangle over the last decade, dropping jaws with their meditative, tai chi-influenced stagings of folktales and choreographic animations of calligraphy. Fans of their ideogrammatic "Cursive" and the indeterminate "Wild Cursive" will want to complete the trilogy with the company's new work, "Water Stains on the Wall." Prompted by a legendary conversation between Tang Dynasty calligraphers, the piece evokes Chinese landscape painting scrolls. An all-white stage set at an eight-degree angle creates an abstract surface for projections of clouds and ink dissipating in water to drift across. The dancers, clad in flowing white, move through and beneath the projections, reaching back to the origins of calligraphic form and gesture in natural phenomena. In interviews, founder and choreographer Lin Hwai-min has spoken of the piece's simplicity and delicacy. Performances are Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and Friday at 8 p.m.; tickets run $19–$44, or $10 for UNC students. —Chris Vitiello

Price: $19-$44

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