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A visually stunning tribute to spiritual pilgrimage, Songs of the Wanderers creates a world of intense reverence, distinctly Asian in its imagery yet with powerful relevance far beyond Asia. Inspired by the wealth of religious practices found throughout Asia and Herman Hesse's account of Siddhartha's quest for enlightenment, internationally renowned choreographer Lin Hwai-min transforms ancient rites into resonant dance theater.
Set to soulful Georgian folk songs, startlingly beautiful images are created through a blend of Eastern and Western dance styles, with absolute focus and control by the performers. The set is created from an astonishing three and a half tons of shimmering golden grains of rice that shower down on the stage throughout the piece. Throughout the entire performance, a monk will be standing still at a downstage corner with a stream of rice grains flowing from above and onto his shaved head, transforming from a river to hills to a desert, showering like a summer storm and waterfalls.